Probate Court imposes constructive trust on daughter who inherited home
The Estate of Tina Marie Spack ended up in prolonged litigation after Ms. Spack died. She had deeded her home to one of her two children, Deborah Dunnem, and made Dunnem a signatory on her bank account. When Spack died, Dunnem kept the bank proceeds and the profit from the sale of the home, even though there was "compelling evidence" that Spack wanted the properly divided equally with her son. She had not added the son to the deed for her property because she was concerned about tax liens against him.
Dunnem appealed, but the Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court that dividing the property equally, in accordance with Spack's will, was the proper outcome.