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Navigating estate planning is crucial for managing one's assets and liabilities, ensuring orderly affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Often, this involves establishing a trust to oversee the distribution and management of assets. However, alternatives may include Wills and other estate planning documents.

Despite meticulous planning, disputes can still emerge among those involved in the estate. Whether through court-supervised probate when no trust exists, or less formal trust administration, disagreements are not uncommon. For these instances, the expertise of an estate litigation attorney becomes indispensable to navigate and resolve such disputes effectively.

Should you encounter trust or estate litigation in Chicago or elsewhere, Lubin Austermuehle offers seasoned counsel and representation. Our team, with extensive experience in handling estate matters and fiduciary duty claims across Illinois and beyond, is equipped to support you in any conflict related to the validity or execution of wills, trusts, or other estate documents.

Free Case Evaluation Probate Disputes, Will Contests, and Challenges Probate involves settling claims against an estate, confirming the validity of a will, and distributing the estate per the will's terms. Initially, all creditors are notified to present their claims. The estate's executor is tasked with settling these claims before distributing the assets to heirs, ensuring the estate is safeguarded against unjust claims that might diminish the heirs' entitlements. Sometimes, litigation is essential to affirm the legitimacy of these claims.

The will itself may be contested on various grounds, such as doubts about the testator's mental capacity or undue influence from others, which are more prevalent in wills created or modified later in life.

Who Do We Represent? Our representation spans across individuals involved in estate plans who face disputes posthumously. These disputes can arise among family members, beneficiaries, trustees, or other estate representatives and may require legal resolution through court intervention.

We provide comprehensive legal guidance to:

  • Fiduciaries accused of misconduct
  • Beneficiaries disputing their inheritance share
  • Parties challenging the integrity of estate documents due to suspected fraud or undue influence
  • Trustees in disagreement over trust administration

Probate Disputes, Will Contests, and Other Estate Challenges Describing the probate process, which includes notifying creditors and ensuring the responsible distribution of the estate under the will's directives. The executor's role includes safeguarding the estate from disputable claims that could deplete the heirs' rightful shares, with litigation potentially necessary to resolve these disputes.

Trust Disputes and Common Causes of Will and Trust Controversies

How We Can Help You As skilled trust and estate litigation attorneys, we are prepared to assist all parties in estate or trust disputes, providing strategic advice long after the estate has been settled. This includes supporting beneficiaries seeking to enforce their rights or trustees navigating accusations of mismanagement.

For comprehensive support in trust and estate litigation in Chicago or across the nation, contact Lubin Austermuehle. Our adept attorneys are ready to advise on the best course of action and strategically navigate through the complexities to resolve your legal issues effectively. You can call us for a free consultation at 630-333-0333 or contact us online.

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