Representative Work

Representative Work: Protecting Family Real Estate Interests

The Oregon Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of Sussman Shank clients who own a controlling interest in a large Willamette Valley farm.  As part of a long-running family dispute, a partial owner of the property sought the partition and sale of the farm property.  We succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of the claim on the basis that the trust document did not give the trustee authority to seek partition and sale of the farm, and that his effort to do so was a breach of his fiduciary duty as trustee.

We also succeeded in defending against a minority interest holder's attempts to dissolve the family corporation, to force the sale of stock in the family corporation, and to gain control of the corporation through manipulative voting arrangements and leases.


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