No ruling on motion to block Little Neck sale

Ipswich Chronicle article.


Probate Court Hearing, January 30, 2012

The three motions filed by the parent interveners will be heard on the morning of January 30th, 2012 at the Essex County Probate Court in Salem.  The hearing is scheduled at 8:30AM, although we are told it is unlikely to be on time.

There is no particular need for a large turnout, but the hearing is open to the public and if you are interested to hear the arguments in person it would be worth making the trip.  The courthouse is convenient to the train station in Salem.

Memo Supporting Motion to Intervene and Supplemental Affidavits

The first document is the legal argument for why we believe we have the right to intervene in this case.

The last link (CBRE Report) is an expert opinion stating that it is not only feasible but also desirable to lease Little Neck, and therefore illegal to break the will.  Although huge amounts of the schoolchildren’s money has been expended on appraisals and analysis of how one would go about breaking the will and selling the land, as far as we know this is the first analysis anyone has commissioned on how one would go about upholding the will and keeping the land.

Probate – Interveners – 120126 – Memo Supporting Motion to Intervene

Probate – Interveners – 120126 – Supplemental Ziegler Affidavit

Probate – Interveners – 120126 – Collins Affidavit

Probate – Interveners – 120126 – CBRE Report

CB Richard Ellis Consulting Report

This is the expert report we commissioned to analyze all four appraisals and make recommendations on the path forward.  One particularly interesting element is the discussion of Naushon Island in Buzzards Bay.  This is an example of another valuable piece of land which was placed in a perpetual trust and is being rented and managed professionally.

Probate – Interveners – 120126 – CBRE Report

Feoffees Opposition to Motion to Stay and Motion to Report

Probate – Feoffees – 120126 – Opposition to Motion to Stay and Motion to Report

There is actually a wealth of interesting information in the document below, including many financial statements for the Feoffees we had never seen before.

Probate – Feoffees – 120126 – Supporting Materials to Opposition

Probate – Feoffees – 120126 – Motion to Strike Affidavits 2

School Committee Opposition of Motion to Report and Motion to Stay

Your tax dollars at work.  The School Committee must have some extra money floating around outside of the funds approved by Town Meeting and restricted by the Selectmen.  This is a duplication of the Feoffees’ effort, since they have already opposed these motions.

Probate – SC – 120126 – Opposition of Motion to Stay Entry of Judgment

Probate – SC – 120126 – Opposition of Motion to Report