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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Hanson v. Denckla
Citation:357 U.S. 235 (1958)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Donner was a Pennsylvania resident who set up a trust in Delaware, naming Wilmington Trust Co. (a Delaware corporation) as the trustee. As part of the trust, Donner split her assets among her two daughters, Denckla and Stewart (Defendants), and the children of her third daughter, Hanson (Plaintiff). Donner moved to Florida and died. Denckla and Stewart filed a lawsuit in Florida in an attempt to force Wilmington Trust Co. to distribute Donner’s assets only to them, and prevent Wilmington from distributing anything to Hanson’s children. Hanson filed a separate lawsuit in Delaware in an attempt to recover the assets for her children. These cases were consolidated into one case which was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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