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In re Estate of Hines

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
715 A.2d 116 (1998)


Charles Hines’s will left the Hines family home as a life estate to his wife, Ruth, and the remainder to their three children, William Hines, Marjorie Burke (plaintiff), and Sallie Archie. William predeceased Ruth and left his interest to his children, Caryn (defendant) and Gary Hines. After Ruth’s death, the court appointed Caryn as the personal representative of Charles’s estate. Caryn sold the family home to herself without the knowledge of Marjorie or Sallie. Marjorie, upon learning of the sale, filed suit asserting that Caryn breached her fiduciary duty to the estate and its beneficiaries. The trial court granted Marjorie’s motion for summary judgment, voiding the sale of the home. Caryn appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Terry, J.)

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