Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Estate of Deceased FLDS Leader Seeks Return of UEP Trust

The complicated and long-running efforts of a Utah state court to reform the $120 million FLDS United Effort Plan Trust (see prior posting) has run into a new complication. AP reported yesterday that attorneys for the estate of Rulon Jeffs-- former leader of the polygamous FLDS Church-- have filed a motion asking the court to return control of the trust to the estate. The court took control of the trust in 2005 after Warren Jeffs, Rulon's son, was charged with mismanaging the property held by the trust. The new motion argues that the property belongs to the Corporation of the President of the FLDS Church, and that the court's prior actions have denied the estate, and the Corporation of the President, due process.