Estate Disputes

Sometimes the death of a loved one brings with it not only the grief of a lost life, but disputes about the person’s property and how it should be distributed. Sometimes the will, trust or other estate planning documents created by a deceased person are subject to questions about their validity, the capacity of the person to sign the documents, or the influence a beneficiary may have exerted on the person when creating the documents. Sometimes issues arise regarding title to property, whether a deed to real estate was given to the person named in the deed, or whether assets were properly placed in a trust. And sometimes the person appointed by the probate court to handle the estate does not do the job properly and honestly. If you are the personal representative or executor of an estate, our attorneys can work with you to probate a difficult estate with heirs who are fighting or do not trust each other. If someone else is the personal representative, we can also help to ensure that person is handling the estate openly, fairly, and in accordance with proper procedures. Whichever “side” you find yourself on in this very difficult time, we can help navigate you through the probate process so you can focus on what really matters after the death of a loved one.