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Trusts and Estates — extrinsic evidence

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//April 29, 2014//

Trusts and Estates — extrinsic evidence

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//April 29, 2014//

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Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Civil

Trusts and Estates — extrinsic evidence

Kim Christiansen and Liesel Danielson (“Christiansen”) appeal an order in favor of various beneficiaries (“Bradford”) in this will contest. Christiansen contends the circuit court erroneously considered extrinsic evidence when interpreting the will. He argues the will unambiguously requires his sister’s share to be reduced by $100,000. He further argues the amount of that reduction, together with the amount of several others required by the same article, must be distributed to a trust for his children pursuant to the will’s residuary clause. We agree, reverse, and remand for the circuit court to enter an order directing the personal representative to act in accordance with this opinion. This opinion will not be published.

2013AP1134 In re the estate of Millicent W. Christiansen: Christiensen et al. v. Bradford et al.

Dist III, Pierce County, Duvall, J., Per Curiam

Attorneys: For Appellant: Nelson, Scott M., Edina, Minn.; Newman, Holly J., Minneapolis; For Respondent: Waterman, R. Michael, Hudson; Loberg, Robert L., Ellsworth

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