Probate Law and Generational Discoveries – Terrence Franklin Speaks at ALI-CLE Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries 2021

Partner Terrence Franklin is presenting “Probate Law and Generational Discoveries” at the Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries 2021 virtual program, hosted by American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) on October 29, 2021.

Franklin had been a trusts and estates litigator, handling disputes including will contests for a quarter century, when he discovered a will contest from the 1840s that challenged the will done by his white fourth great-grandfather which emancipated Franklin’s fourth great-grandmother and her children and grandchildren from slavery. This discovery led Franklin to define his mission, “To Bend the Arc of History Towards Justice” by sharing the story of his ancestors and other stories like them. In this presentation, Franklin recounts the riveting story of his ancestor Lucy Sutton and her fight in the courts to uphold the last will and testament, and he also profiles several other black women, contemporaries of Lucy, who just may have helped Lucy and her family make it to freedom. The program offers lessons for modern trust and estate professionals about how they can plan for a more diverse and equitable future.

The annual ALI-CLE webcast puts a particular emphasis on estate and trust litigation and provides a mix of practical and intellectual knowledge with a useful analysis of new developments, along with instructive tips and warnings of pitfalls for the estate and trust fiduciary, litigator, and beneficiary.

Learn more and register here.