One strategy some people in Orange County use in their estate plans to protect their interests and wishes is designating more than one person to serve as the executor of their estates. Some executors are appreciative of the testator's consideration to help them split up the responsibilities. Others are not. The problem is not when two executors dislike each other. It is entirely possible for two people to maintain a professional relationship for the sake of an estate. The issue is when co-executors argue and fight.
This week complete a two-part Blog article dealing with the considerations that counsel and client must consider when deciding whether to demand trial by jury or, by contrast, accede to a judge-only ("bench") trial. This is often a complex decision with no sure right or wrong answer. Last week we discussed the advantages of a jury trial. This week we review some of the key considerations for the other side of this complicated coin: the advantages of opting for a judge-only trial.