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Testamentary Capacity: What It Takes To Competently Sign A Will

In Colorado, There are two different tests that can be applied, based on the landmark 2000 case of Breeden v. Stone (Breeden, 992 P.2d 1167 [Colo. 2000]): The Cunningham Test and the Insane Delusion Test. And in fact, if testamentary capacity is challenged in Colorado, Breeden dictates that a “sound mind” includes passing both tests.

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Max Wachtel
Dr. Death, This Side of the Twilight Zone: Estelle v. Smith (1981)

Dr. Grigson was hired to conduct a pretrial competency evaluation in 1973. The case involved Ernest Smith, who was arrested for participating in an armed robbery where an accomplice killed a grocery store clerk. Dr. Grigson reported that Mr. Smith was competent to stand trial and he labeled Mr. Smith a "severe sociopath."

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When Your Civil Client Needs A Guardian Ad Litem

When it comes to civil cases, little is known about competency. State laws do not provide a definition for competency to participate in a civil proceeding, and there is little research on the phenomenon. Yet, there are many times where an individual may get wrapped up in a civil case (divorce, probate matters, law suits, etc.) where they may not be competent to assist their attorneys or to understand what is happening in court and make rational decisions based on that understanding.

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Max Wachtel
Meet Artemis, Adorable Coonhound

In a few classic stories, Sherlock enlists the help of his friend’s hound. Sherlock is always convinced he will sniff out the killer. Every time, the dog merely leads Sherlock around the city on a random adventure that leaves him no closer to solving the crime. But he still loves that dog.

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Max Wachtel