Even when families have engaged in extensive estate planning and created wills and trust documents, some family members may not be satisfied with the results of these estate plans following the death of another family member. When disputes arise between surviving family members over assets and property that belonged to the deceased, court intervention may be necessary to resolve these disagreements. Unfortunately, probate and trust disputes tend to be complex, time-consuming and expensive. For these reasons, you will need the assistance of an experienced probate and trust litigation attorney. SG has the experience, skills, and knowledge to help guide you through probate or trust litigation in an effective, yet efficient manner.
Many different types of disputes can arise in the context of a probate proceeding. Many of these disputes involve a will that sets forth the intentions of the deceased regarding the distribution of his or her assets since often not all family members are satisfied with the contents of the will. Some family members may question the validity of the will, particularly when the deceased was an elderly person who recently changed the provisions of his or her will, or who might have been taken advantage of by a close relative or friend.
Other potential issues that might arise in probate litigation include allegations of undue influence, lack of mental capacity, and will contests. Another situation that might lead to probate litigation is allegations of wrongdoing by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. If the personal representative is accused of misappropriating property or otherwise using it inappropriately for his or her benefit, then probate litigation might result. Whatever the case may be, an SG probate litigation attorney will represent your interests and advocate on your behalf. With an experienced lawyer advocating on your behalf, you will put yourself in the best position possible to achieve your goals.
People create trust documents to protect their assets for their surviving family members, avoid the costs and time of the probate process, and ensure that their wishes are carried out. However, the execution of a trust does not guarantee that its administration will be free of conflict. Trust documents typically designate a trustee who is responsible for carrying out or administering the terms of the trust. If, for example, a beneficiary of a trust becomes unhappy with how the trustee is administering the trust, or believes that the trustee has breached his or her fiduciary duty to act in the beneficiary’s best interest, a dispute may arise. While the Fort Lauderdale trust litigation attorneys of SG will first try to informally negotiate and resolve the matter, litigation may become a necessity if the parties cannot reach an amicable resolution.
SG has represented hundreds of clients since its establishment in 1998 in probate and trust administration and litigation. When you are facing a family dispute in the context of probate proceedings or trust administration, you will need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable probate and trust litigation lawyer who can advocate zealously on your behalf. Contact our office today to discuss how we can help.