Estate and Trust Litigation
The death of a family member is an emotional time for all involved. When the departed have not properly prepared their affairs for a smooth transition to the survivors, those left behind may have questions about how or why a particular individual or entity wound up with the departed's property, which might include the departed's belongings, cash, securities, or real estate. In some cases, the survivors need to file a lawsuit to recover the departed's property or to ensure the proper distribution of property.
Our attorneys have represented personal representatives and beneficiaries, trustees, legatees, heirs, and the like in matters involving will contests, estate administration disputes, probate litigation, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, estate litigation regarding the authenticity of a will, trust litigation, and claims alleging mismanagement of funds, undue influence, and/or tortious interference with an inheritance.
With a thorough knowledge base of the laws and procedures involved with estate and trust litigation, our attorneys can provide a practical approach to solving estate claims in order to avoid or minimize litigation. Some of our attorneys in this area are also mediators and understand the importance and benefits of working through matters outside of the courthouse whenever and wherever possible. However, if a case must proceed to the courtroom, we have the experience necessary to appear before the court in order to present your side of the story reasonably and professionally.