Several types of disputes can arise after the death of a family member. Questions often arise about the validity of a Will or Trust, or the actions of a personal representative (sometimes called an executor) or trustee. Claims are often made against an estate, and frequently there are difficulties in the administration of the estate, including the payment of taxes and distribution of property. Many attorneys who practice in the area of estate planning and probate are uncomfortable or inexperienced in handling disputes that require discovery and a contested hearing or trial. In that situation, a referral to an attorney with extensive experience in probate litigation is likely the best option for your client.
Whether you believe there may be a valid reason for challenging a Will or Trust (referred to as a will contest action), you are a beneficiary whose interests are being threatened by someone else’s claim against the estate or trust, or you are a beneficiary who is concerned about the actions (or inactivity) of an existing personal representative or trustee, you need a litigation attorney who is familiar with the probate process. I have extensive experience in these types of cases, having represented a large charitable organization for over fifteen years in probate litigation cases all over the State of Indiana.