In a decision issued on June 8, 2016, in the case of In Re: Estate of Bruce Chapman Bower, the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a decision of the Sevier County Probate Court regarding the interpretation of a decedent’s family trust.

FMS Attorney Rich Scrugham represented the Trustee of the Trust and appealed the trial court’s interpretation of certain provisions regarding Trust payments to the decedent’s widow (and second wife). Mr. Scrugham’s clients (the Trustee and the children of the decedent) also appealed the trial court’s ruling regarding the use of the main Trust asset – a home in Sevier County.

The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s interpretation of the Trust terms, and reduced the award to the decedent’s widow from approximately $160,000 to $20,000.

Rich Scrugham practices in the areas of estate planning, probate administration and litigation, guardianships, conservatorships, and general civil and business litigation. He can be reached at (865) 546-9321.