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News Posted on March 3, 2017

Professor Horton Comments for Wall Street Journal on Probate Case

Professor David Horton is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the probate case of Aubrey McClendon. Despite many successes as a founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and as an investor, McClendon died heavily in debt, and lawyers are working to sort out more than $600 million in claims.

“It’s remarkable to find a case like this going through probate court,” said Horton. “One of the first things you do in estate planning is avoid probate.”

Professor Horton joined the King Hall faculty in 2012.  His primary research and teaching interests are wills and trusts, contracts, and arbitration law.  In 2015, his article "In Partial Defense of Probate: Evidence from Alameda County, California" was selected as the winner of the 29th annual Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Scholarly Paper Competition and he was honored with UC Davis School of Law’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

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