Brian J. Brislen


Cathy Trent-Vilim

Partners Brian J. Brislen and Cathy Trent-Vilim recently prevailed in an appeal pending before the Nebraska Court of Appeals. The suit involved a family dispute over who should serve as trustee of a disabled brother’s irrevocable noncharitable trust. Under the terms of an amended trust agreement, the trust was being managed by a sister-in-law. Several siblings, however, challenged the validity of the amended trust agreement, claiming the agreement had not been amended in accordance with the statutes governing irrevocable trusts. The trial court concluded the trust agreement, as amended, was valid and enforceable. The Nebraska Court of Appeals agreed, rejecting each of the siblings’ arguments one at a time.