Conservator Appeal Dies When Client Does, Neb. Justices Say

Law360, New York (March 6, 2016, 4:42 PM EST) -- An attorney has no standing to continue to represent a client a conservatorship case after the client’s death, the Nebraska Supreme Court said in a decision Friday.

In an analysis of a family dispute arising over the appointment of conservator order of an elderly mother, the court said that even if a legal right is not abated by the death of a protected party, state abatement laws require a suspension of an action or proceeding until an appropriate representative is substituted by a court.

Any appeal after the person’s death “could be continued only by someone statutorily authorized to represent [the...

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