Brothers file suit against Cook County man over handling of mother's trust

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 29, 2018

CHICAGO – Two brothers of a Cook County man allege he failed to set up separate trusts after their mother's 2010 death.

Robert Cravens and David Cravens filed a complaint on Nov. 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against Ronald Cravens alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

According to the complaint, on April 23, 2003, the plaintiffs' and the defendant's mother executed the Ruth C. Cravens Trust in which David Cravens and Robert Cravens were beneficiaries and defendant Ronald Cravens was named trustee. 

The suit states the defendant did not provide an accounting of the trust until December 2017 and the plaintiffs allege they have been injured as they do not know what is contained in the trust and if expenses are correct. The plaintiffs also allege the defendant failed to set up separate trusts upon their mother's death and has only made limited distributions from the trust.

The plaintiffs seek judgment for all expenses incurred and any further relief as the court deems just and equitable. They are represented by Michael C. Smolka of Smolka Law Group in Palatine.

Circuit Court of Cook County case number 18-CH-14288

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