Estate and Trust Litigation

Good estate planning can help avoid many potential disputes, and at Giordano & Heckele, PLLC, our attorneys seek to assist our clients in avoiding disputes when possible. That said, the reality is that disputes do arise in the administration of probate estates and trusts. And Estate and Trust Litigation tends to be particularly complex because so many different issues are at play — it is the intersection of issues both legal and financial in nature. The situation is also very often compounded by personal and emotional underpinnings in these matters.

Estate and Trust disputes can arise between a number of different interested parties, including trustees, beneficiaries, fiduciaries, executors, personal representatives, beneficiaries, heirs, family members, and other third-parties. A beneficiary of a family trust may, for example, believe the trustee is withholding accounting information or misusing funds of the trust. In this hypothetical situation, the beneficiary on one side of the dispute, and the trustee on the other side, would each be wise to seek advice from counsel in handling the dispute.

Our attorneys help clients navigate through a variety of Estate and Trust Litigation issues, including:

  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • breach of duty of loyalty
  • fraud, duress, and undue influence
  • fiduciary removal
  • contesting a trust or will
  • fraudulent transfers
  • challenging powers of attorney
  • contested accountings
  • capacity issues and undue influence
  • interpretation of wills and trusts
  • disputed creditor claims
  • elder abuse
  • various beneficiary disputes
  • contested heirship
  • pretermitted and adopted heirs
  • validity of wills and trusts
  • elder abuse
  • partition actions
  • conservatorships and guardianships

Giordano & Heckele, PLLC represents individual as well as institutional clients in Estate and Trust Litigation. Our attorneys provide zealous advocacy for our clients while remaining sensitive to the delicacy of the emotional and personal implications of Estate and Trust Litigation. Our litigators get results, whether it’s in the court room, through negotiation, or by exploring creative alternative dispute resolution methods. CALL TODAY for a consultation: (520) 433-9031, or email us at [email protected]