The death of a loved one should bring family members together for emotional support. However, disagreements over an estate can affect even the strongest family relationships. If you’re involved in a probate or estate dispute, you deserve to be represented by advocates who can help you get results. CBC Law Group can help.
Probate and Estate Dispute Litigation
Our lawyers understand that probate litigation is about honoring the intent of your loved one’s wishes. We have years of experience handling estate disputes and probate litigation, including:
- Will Contests
A will allows a person to dictate how their property will be managed in probate court after death. You may have the right to contest a will if there is evidence that:
- Your loved one lacked the mental capacity to create or change his or her will
- Your loved one was the victim of undue influence by others who stood to gain from a transaction
- The will was the result of fraud
- Trust Disputes
A living trust allows a person to transfer property to family members without involving a probate court. Trusts can be disputed if it can be proven that:
- The trust contains errors
- The trustee mishandled the estate
- Your loved one was coerced or mentally unable to authorize the trust
- Abuse of Power of Attorney
Power of attorney is a legal status in the form of a document that authorizes one person to control the financial, legal, or health care decisions of another. A person who holds power of attorney over another must legally act in the sole best interest of that person, not themselves. If the person granted power of attorney by your loved one betrays his or her trust, it can have serious financial consequences for the entire estate. If your loved one is the victim of power of attorney abuse, we’ll do everything we can to hold the abuser accountable.
Our probate litigation lawyers know that taking the first step toward estate litigation isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. If you need help resolving an estate dispute, CBC Law Group wants to help. Our team is here to answer all of your questions, so you can feel confident you’re doing what’s best for your family.
Probate and Estate Litigation
Probate court is the venue in which wills are proven and the deceased’s debts, taxes, and administration costs are paid from the assets comprising the estate. The assets that remain are distributed according to the will.
Probate court is also the venue for challenging a will, trust, or power of attorney when disputes arise from:
- Changes made to a will or trust
- Transfers of property prior to the death of the loved one
- Changes to beneficiary designations on life insurance or retirement accounts
- Co-ownership of inherited property
- Mismanagement of a probate or trust estate
- Elder abuse
If you suspect that your loved one was the victim of undue influence, elder abuse, fraud, or mismanagement of assets regarding their financial estate, will, or trust, CBC Law Group can help.
Call (615) 721-2844 or complete our free online form to get the skilled representation you deserve.