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Leading Divorce Law Firm in Fairfield County Connecticut: Maya Murphy

Maya Murphy’s Matrimonial Law Group consists of a dedicated team of lawyers committed to representing its clients through the most complex divorce proceedings. As a significant portion of our Matrimonial Law Group’s client base consists of high net worth individuals, we have experience dealing with the valuation and division of a variety of assets including businesses, residential and commercial real estate, high-end personal property, trusts, various retirement vehicles, as well as stocks, bonds and other securities. Our matrimonial lawyers also counsel the Firm’s clients through the formation and execution of pre-marital agreements, and often collaborate with our Trusts & Estates Group regarding issues involving trusts, testamentary instruments and estate planning. With attorneys licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York, we routinely handle cases originating in Fairfield County, Westchester County and New York City.

Our Matrimonial Law Group represents clients in dissolution and separation proceedings, custody and child support cases, as well as post-judgment custody and support modifications. Our matrimonial lawyers handle each and every case professionally and diligently. Though we aggressively litigate our more acrimonious cases when required, we always take into account the individual and unique needs, position and desires of each client, and recognize the importance of negotiating settlements when appropriate. Our matrimonial lawyers are well versed in the mediation process as well, and are often retained in a neutral capacity, providing our clients with an alternative to the traditional adversarial divorce model.

Maya Murphy’s Matrimonial Law Group is dedicated to providing its clients with high quality representation, including a thorough knowledge of the law, unsurpassed attention to detail, unwavering client support and constant preparedness. We understand that our clients are often in the worst situations they will ever personally encounter, and seek, at every turn, to alleviate their fears while protecting and advancing their interests in a court of law.

To discuss a case please contact Joseph C. Maya or H. Daniel Murphy at (203) 221-3100 in Connecticut or (212) 682-5700 in New York. Mr. Maya can be reached via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com and Mr. Murphy can be reached via e-mail at HDMurphy@Mayalaw.com.
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Connecticut Appellate Court affirms Judgment awarding the Plaintiff damages and imposing a Constructive Trust on assets previously held jointly by the Defendant and the Decedent

Connecticut Appellate Court affirms Judgment awarding the Plaintiff damages and imposing a Constructive Trust on assets previously held jointly by the Defendant and the Decedent

 

Garrigus v. Viargengo, 112 Conn. App. 655, 963 A.2d 1065 (2009)

 

The plaintiff, an administrator of the Estate of Stella Jankowski (the “Estate”), was awarded damages in the amount of $496,070 and a constructive trust on certificates of deposit, bank accounts and savings bonds that the defendant had held jointly with the decedent.  The Waterbury Superior Court entered judgment in favor of the plaintiff.  On appeal, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff did not meet the burden of proof as to the fraud claim and did not satisfy the elements required for a constructive trust to be imposed.

The Appellate Court found that the plaintiff proved fraud by clear and convincing evidence and that the imposition of a constructive trust was appropriate.  The decedent intended for her assets to be distributed equally to her ten nieces, nephews and cousins. The defendant, one of the nieces, did not tell the decedent that the certificates of deposit, bank accounts and savings bonds would not pass to the other relatives when the defendant assisted with adding herself as joint owner of the assets.  Therefore, the plaintiff overcame and rebutted the presumption under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 36a-290 and 31 C.F.R. § 353.70 that the decedent intended for the jointly-held assets to go to the defendant.  As a result, the Superior Court’s judgment was affirmed by the Appellate Court.

Should you have any questions relating to wills, trusts, estates or probate issues generally, please feel free to contact Attorney Russell J. Sweeting, a lawyer in the firm’s Westport, Connecticut office in Fairfield County by telephone at (203) 221-3100 or by e-mail at rsweeting@mayalaw.com.