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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Man Accused of Killing Family Wants His Trust Fund

Nathan-carmanA 24-year-old Vermont man has been accused of killing his grandfather in 2013 and even his own mother in 2016, but has not officially been charged in the crimes. It is his aunt that has accuse him of the killings, and also happens to be the trustee of the trust fund his grandfather established for him.

Nathan Carman has requested that he be allowed immediate access to $150,000 of the Nathan Carman Family Trust, and that his aunt, Valerie Santilli, be removed as trustee. He said he needed the money for legal representation to defend himself against a lawsuit in New Hampshire filed by Santilli and her two sisters. As of right now Carman is representing himself in the lawsuit, but has said that, “I need to hire an attorney to defend me in New Hampshire to ensure a just outcome." Santilli’s attorney, Dan Small, said Carman already has enough money to hire a lawyer and refuses to provide any details of his finances.

Carman's grandfather,b John Chakalos, 87, left an estate now worth more than $29 million to his four daughters, and $7 million of that could go to Carman.

See Associated Press, Man Accused of Killing Family Wants His Trust Fund, The New York Post, August 7, 2018.

Special thanks to Deborah Matthews (Virginia Estate Planning Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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