Taft Prevails for Clients in Disinterment Dispute

In January 2024, Taft partners Julia (Schroeder) Meister and Aaron Herzig and associate Chris Wolcott prevailed after challenges to a probate court verdict in a dispute among siblings concerning an application to disinter their parents and reinter them in a specially designed private mausoleum.

The case involved well-known Dayton-area citizens and philanthropists. Taft represented two of the three siblings. The opposing party was the third sibling.

On Sept. 29, 2023, the Second District Court of Appeals of Ohio affirmed the probate court verdict, and on Jan. 24, 2024, the Ohio Supreme Court also left the verdict undisturbed.

Meister is a partner in Taft’s Cincinnati office and heads the firm’s Wealth Transfer Litigation practice. She has served as lead trial counsel at bench and jury trials and has represented clients in appeals and in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Herzig is a co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice and is chair of the Cincinnati Litigation practice. He briefs and argues civil and criminal appeals in federal and state courts across the country, counsels clients regarding commercial disputes, and litigates complex civil actions.

Wolcott is an associate in Taft’s Dayton office and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. He advises clients on business disputes, contract negotiations, and commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Taft, Wolcott was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melissa T. Standridge at the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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