SHERRA ROBINSON WRIGHT v. THE ESTATE OF LORENZEN VERN- GAGNE WRIGHT, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 10, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Christopher F. Donovan, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sherra Robinson Wright.

Attorneys 2:

Ruby R. Wharton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, The Estate of Lorenzen Verne-Gagne Wright, Herbert Wright, Executor.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This case involves a divorced party’s request to recover unpaid child support and alimony. The petitioner filed her lawsuit in the Shelby County Circuit Court, which denied her request for relief. Although the petitioner appeals, we conclude that the trial court was without subject matter jurisdiction over the petitioner’s claims. Because the petitioner’s ex-husband is deceased and the claims at issue are against the ex-husband’s estate, the petitioner was required to file her claims against the estate in the Shelby County Probate Court. We therefore vacate the judgment of the trial court and dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

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