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How to Succeed in a Contested Guardianship Proceeding

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Produced on October 01, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In traditional civil litigation, there are winners and losers. In a contested guardianship, the winner and loser is one and the same - the Respondent. Regardless of the outcome, the life of a person with diminished capacity is going to be forever changed. There may be a loss of rights, and such proceedings take a toll on the family.  As an advocate, your trial tactics will be determined by who you represent, but the overall goal of the proceeding is to ensure that the Respondent is protected, but not deprived of fundamental rights. This program, presented by Jean Galloway Ball and Kimberley Ann Murphy, Co-Leaders of Contested Guardianship Litigation at Hale Ball in Virginia, will explore the trial tactics that you can employ depending upon who you represent, and reveal trial tips and traps to avoid, based upon decades’ worth of combined experience in this ever-growing and evolving field of practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess what is - and isn’t - a guardianship proceeding
  2. Discuss the use of discovery tools in a contested guardianship
  3. Present your case in a contested guardianship

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Kimberley Murphy

Hale Ball

Kimberley Ann Murphy, Esq., has been a partner and principal attorney of the law firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC, in Fairfax, Virginia, since 2005. She had been an Associate with the firm since being admitted to the Virginia State Bar in October 2000. Attorney Murphy concentrates her practice in the areas of Administrative Law (professional license compliance), Estates and Trusts (administration and litigation) and Business/Civil litigation). She has appeared on numerous occasions before many circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth, in addition to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, as well as the Virginia Department of Health Professions and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2007, Attorney Murphy was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Attorney Kimberley Murphy has published an article with the Virginia Bar Association's Wills, Trusts & Estates section as well as presented a seminar for funeral professionals for the International Order of the Golden Rule. She has presented CLE's for the Fairfax Bar Association and National Business Institute. She was named to Best Lawyers in America for 2014 for Trusts and Estates – Litigation, and for 2015 for Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates – Litigation. She attained an AV-rated peer review in 2014, and has been named to Super Lawyers since 2007.

Jean Galloway Ball

Hale Ball

Jean Galloway Ball is an honors graduate of the National Law Center, George Washington University.  She did her undergraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in history.

Mrs. Ball is certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation.  This certification is predicated on demonstrated knowledge and experience in numerous areas of law relevant to senior citizens and disabled persons.  She is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.  She has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is a past two term President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorney, a chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”), and Chair of the Steering/Program Committee for the Council of Advance Practitioners of NAELA.

Mrs. Ball is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and serves clients in all three jurisdictions.  She has an “AV” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. For the years 2007 through 2019 she has been selected as a SuperLawyer in the field of Elder Law for Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area and has been named one of the tope 50 woman attorneys in Virginia for the last few years.

Mrs. Ball’s practice focuses on life-care and estate planning for all ages, elder law, special needs planning for disabled adults, guardianship/conservator proceedings, probate, trust administration and related fiduciary litigation, including contested guardianships, protection of vulnerable adults from financial exploitation, will and trust contests, requests for accountings from agents and trustees, and elective share claims.


Emanuel H.

Very good for trial procedure prep.

Theodore H.


Michael B.

Ok, good course.

Sarah L.

Interesting and informative presentation of a sensitive topic.

Hirobumi A.

As those around me grow old, the knowledge I learned here are quite useful.

Katharine M.

Very informative and well done.

David M.

Well organized content. Much information provided considering it was a rather short course.

Donna W.

I thought this is one of the best courses I've taken. The faculty was so knowledgeable and the practical pointers were so valuable. They also held my attention the entire time.

Vasiliki N.

Interesting practical information

Kristin W.

Great introduction to contested guardianship cases. There was some focus on litigation but very tailored to this type of case and the presenters offered specific examples rather than general guidance. Well done.

Kathryn T.

I don't have anything to do with guardianships, but I really enjoyed the review of evidence rules, preparing for trial, and managing the various components of a trial.

Jason S.

good lesson

Michael D.


William N.

Should be titled "Discovery and Evidence Review"

Jeffrey B.

A well constructive and informative course.

Paul P.

Thank you.

Ann D.

This was one of the very best. Five stars.

Yvonne B.

Another great female teaching duo! Excellent content and delivery.

Douglas M.

Fine presentation

Michael G.

thank you

Ronna H.

Good summary of the dynamics in this kind of case.

Mark T.

Great program.

Cynthia B.

Really enjoyed this presentation. Excellent

John L.

Great job of presenting a lot of pertinent information in just one hour.

Julie A. B.

Program effectively discusses discovery tools in a contested guardianship case; explores trial tactics to employ; and shares tips and traps to avoid in such proceeding.

Laura M.

Very thorough

Jon K.

Thank you! That was very helpful to my practice.

Keston P.

Excellent presenters.

Richard C.


James E. C.

Very good

Ronald R.

Very good presentation.

William H.

Informative presentation. Good job.

Barbara L.

Very informative.

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