Family Member Dispute

Description: Family member dispute: work of art.

HOH client: Respondent Family Member

Key issues: Negotiate agreement to allow retention of work of art, provide some financial benefit to claimant.

A family dispute over a painting threatened to lead to costly and time-consuming legal action. The painting, by a known artist, was in the possession of a daughter, who said it was a gift from her parents. Her father, having fallen on tough financial times, claimed otherwise and sought to have the painting returned so he could sell it. The daughter retained Holm & O’Hara LLP to represent her. We rapidly negotiated an arrangement which allowed the daughter to retain the painting while simultaneously easing the father’s financial situation through a personal loan.

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