Litigation partner Dan Small was interviewed regarding his representation of Valerie Santilli, as the executor of her late father's estate, in probate court related to her nephew's request to have $150,000 released from a smaller trust so he can defend himself in a civil lawsuit. Nathan Carman has been accused by Ms. Santilli, and the rest of his family, of murdering his grandfather and mother in order to receive a multi-million dollar inheritance.
"The issue before the court is not whether the people who know Nathan Carman best, his family, have come to the terrible conclusion that he is a killer and that he killed his grandfather, that’s not the issue here,” Mr. Small said. “His grandfather believed he was a genius. An IQ of 140. But he also knew that he was obsessed with money, wanted expensive things, squandered things and also knew he was not responsible, not finishing school not keeping a job, so in 2011 he set up this trust."
A judge will determine if the trust can release the money, given the unsolved murder case.
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