In the Matter of the Estate of Jean Peak Hadsall, Deceased.
John D. Hadsall, Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Anthony Zane Blessum and Susan R. Stockdale
Attorney for Appellee
Nicholas A. Carda and Ryan Ellis
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Jeffrey D. Farrell, Judge. AFFIRMED. Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, P.J. (11 pages)
John Hadsall appeals the probate court’s judgment ordering him to return $383,595.63 to his mother Jean’s estate. OPINION HOLDS: Because John was in a confidential relationship with Jean, and because he failed to show that his transfers of substantial amounts of Jean’s assets from her accounts to his were made in good faith or at the direction of or with the assent of Jean, we agree with the probate court that John must return the “gifted” assets to Jean’s estate. Additionally, the amount calculated by the probate court to be returned was within the permissible range of evidence, and we find no reason to disturb the calculation. We therefore affirm the probate court’s ruling in all respects.