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Will Contests, Will Disputes & Trust Disputes

The will contest attorneys at Raines, Dusing & Sutton, PLLC, provide a range of probate and estate law litigation services including will contests and disputes and trust disputes for clients.

Our will contest attorneys represent people who wish to challenge a will or trust, and those who maintain that the will or trust is valid and can assist you in resolving probate disputes while protecting your inheritance interests.

Probate Litigation and Will Contests and Disputes, Trust Disputes

Our probate attorneys understand the probate process when a loved one dies. While in many cases, probate and trust administration is resolved without difficulty, there are times when family members dispute a will or trust, questions its validity for a variety of reasons. Issues arise when a person who has died without a will, as well as when there is a trust or will, but fails to provide anything or allocate assets to a certain family member. Additionally, the will or trust may leave the inheritance or assets to an acquaintance or someone the family suspects of wrongdoing or undue influence.

Reasons for Will Contests, Disputes and Trust Disputes

There are many ways to contest a will in court. The will contest attorneys at Raines, Dusing & Sutton, PLLC, handle will contests, disputes and trust disputes involving:

  • Fraud and undue influence: If your loved one was coerced or pressured to leave assets to an acquaintance or caretaker, for example, instead of family members, the will may be contested.
  • Elder abuse.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Mental capacity: To make a valid will, a person must be able to meet certain legal requirements concerning his or her mental state and clarity of thought.
  • Forceful changes to the will under duress.
  • Forged documentation or signatures.
  • Fraud and undue influence: If your loved one was coerced or pressured to leave assets to an acquaintance or caretaker, for example, instead of family members, the will may be contested.
  • Actions of trustee during distribution of trust funds.