Speaker: Troy Martin
Topic: California Anti-SLAPP (“Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)
Aggressive litigators in the probate courts have begun to utilize Special Motions to Strike under the California Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) as a tactic to interfere with the enforcement of no contest clauses. Such motions are powerful tools which can result in the early dismissal of petitions to enforce no contest clauses. They are also very expensive and place a heavy burden on petitioners to demonstrate their likelihood of prevailing at an early stage in litigation without the benefit of discovery. Troy Martin will lead a discussion regarding the use and abuse of Anti-SLAPP motions involving case studies and in depth analysis. How does this new aggressive tactic impact trust and estate litigation? Does it impact the enforcement of no contest clauses? Can estate planners protect their clients from these tactics with changes in their documents.
Mr. Martin is a shareholder in the firm of Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. For the past twenty years, Mr. Martin’s practice has consisted primarily of litigation in the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has represented parties in numerous notable trust, estate, and conservatorship matters, including the Conservatorship of Peter Falk, the Conservatorship of Tim Conway, the Estate of Mickey Rooney, and the Conservatorship, Estate, and Trust of Casey Kasem.”