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All Trust Beneficiaries Were Necessary Parties To Litigation Over A No-Contest Clause In A Trust

We’ve previously looked at the question of who needs to be joined as a party to trust litigation.  In blogging about a petition for accounting in Illinois in which all trust beneficiaries were not named as parties, we said:

Failure to Join Necessary Parties.  Not all of the contingent trust beneficiaries were parties to the lawsuit.  If they were all joined to the lawsuit, the federal court would lack jurisdiction to hear the case because there would not have been diversity jurisdiction insofar as the suit wouldn’t have been between citizens of different states.  The Court, therefore, had to determine whether all trust beneficiaries were required to be parties to a lawsuit for an accounting.  By the very nature of the claim for an accounting, the other trust beneficiaries were not necessary parties.  First, complete relief could be accorded among the

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