The administration of a will or trust should be a relatively smooth process. If a will is involved, it should reflect the wishes of the deceased and be constructed in a way that leaves no doubt or ambiguity. If a trust is involved, the trustee should have the knowledge and skill to adequately perform his or her duties.
Unfortunately, the reality can be dramatically different. For instance, there may be reason to believe that a family member or another person exerted undue influence, leading to a change in a will. If you are the beneficiary of a trust, you may have evidence that suggests the trustee is embezzling from the trust or somehow breaching his or her fiduciary duty.
Troy Estate Dispute Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout Michigan
If you want to challenge the validity of a will, a trust or another estate planning instrument, it is essential to have skilled legal representation on your side. At Driggers, Schultz & Herbst, our Oakland County attorneys have prosecuted and defended many types of estate and probate litigation claims, including those involving:
- Undue influence
- Unclear or ambiguous terms in a will or trust
- Guardianship/conservatorship issues
- Breach of fiduciary duty
We recognize that estate litigation frequently involves disputes between family members. As a result, these disputes may have an emotional component that is not present in other types of litigation. While mindful of these issues, we place a greater focus on helping our clients understand their rights, their obligations and how the court is likely to view the merits of their cases. Our tenacity, knowledge and skill have led to successful outcomes in a broad range of claims.