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Hanson v. Denckla

United States Supreme Court
357 U.S. 235 (1958)


Facts

Ms. Donner, a Pennsylvania resident, established a trust in Delaware with a Delaware bank as trustee. Subsequently she moved to Florida, where she died and her will was then probated. One of Ms. Donner’s three daughters, Hanson, was executrix and the primary recipient of the Delaware trust. Denckla and a third sister split the majority of the estate when the will was probated in Florida. Denckla (plaintiff) wished the Florida court to exercise jurisdiction over the Delaware trust and trustee in which case Hanson (defendant) would have no share of the estate. The Florida court assumed jurisdiction over the Delaware trust. Hanson, who had filed a separate suit in Delaware, appealed the Florida ruling and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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