Will and trust disputes are legal disagreements that can arise when a person passes away and their estate plan is executed. These disputes can involve beneficiaries, heirs, trustees, and other interested parties who are concerned about the validity or interpretation of the will or trust.
A will dispute may arise when a beneficiary or heir believes that the will is not valid, that the deceased person was unduly influenced or coerced into making certain provisions in the will, or that the will was not executed properly. A beneficiary or heir may also dispute the distribution of assets under the will, claiming that the distribution is unfair or that certain assets were not properly included in the estate.
A trust dispute, on the other hand, may arise when a beneficiary or other interested party believes that the trustee is not fulfilling their fiduciary duties, or that the trust was not created properly or is being administered improperly. For example, a beneficiary may dispute the distribution of assets from the trust, or may claim that the trustee is not making decisions in the best interests of the beneficiaries.
Resolving will and trust disputes can be complex, emotionally charged, and time-consuming. In many cases, these disputes can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution methods. In other cases, litigation may be necessary to protect the interests of the parties involved.
It is important to work with an attorney who has experience in handling will and trust disputes, and who can provide guidance and support throughout the process. An experienced attorney can help clients understand their rights and options, and can work to achieve a fair and satisfactory resolution to the dispute.