Experienced Attorneys Litigating Probate Disputes
The death of a loved one is always a painful occurrence. Unfortunately, that pain is too often compounded by problems in the estate or trust that cause disputes among heirs and beneficiaries. If you suspect that a will or its execution does not reflect the wishes of the deceased, you have a right to challenge the proceedings in probate court. At the Law Offices of Bob Osburn, we have represented aggrieved parties in probate, estate and trust cases since 1970. Our attorneys are ready to assist you in inheritance matters arising from:
- Lack of capacity
- Undue influence
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Exploitation of the elderly
- Tracing community property
- When someone dies without a will
- Self dealing
- Removal of elected administrators
- Heir-ship documentation
Many probate disputes stem from suspicions that a particular individual took advantage of the declining health or dementia of the deceased to insert himself into the will to the detriment of the rightful heirs. Our attorneys are familiar with such cases and know what kind of evidence is necessary to make a showing of undue influence or lack of capacity. If a caretaker or family member manipulated an unfair change in the will or trust, that change can be invalidated.
Demanding Legal Accountability and Fairness
The individual chosen to be the personal representative of the estate or to hold power of attorney has a fiduciary duty to dispatch his obligations professionally and in accordance with the wishes of the testator. Any deliberate fraud or negligence in accounting for assets can and should be challenged in probate. Our attorneys have experience dealing with estate matters and can form an accurate appraisal of whether matters are being handled competently and honestly.
Don’t Expect Probate Litigation Success If You Handle Legal Objections Yourself
Some beneficiaries hesitate to hire an attorney because they trust the probate court to do what is fair or wish to keep a family dispute within the family. However, there are things you should consider before attempting to handle a probate issue yourself. The court is not an investigative body. Just because you bring up an issue does not mean the judge is obligated to search for supporting evidence. You can present allegations, but without the firm basis a professional attorney can provide, your suspicions may receive little consideration. Moreover, a seasoned attorney who has been through probate negotiations and trials before is likely produce a settlement that satisfies the represented party and allows the proceedings to move forward at less cost to the estate.
Contact An Established Probate Litigation Law Firm
Don’t add to your emotional loss by losing out on your loved one’s legacy.