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Probate Litigation

The probate process concerns all end-of-life and near-end-of-life affairs. When there is a challenge to a part of the probate process, the probate court adjudicates the litigation.

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The Nordhaus Firm

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Advance Healthcare Directives, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law, Estate Administration, Estate Planning
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The Nordhaus Firm

21 years in practice
Advance Healthcare Directives, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law, Estate Administration, Estate Planning
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Ensuring the Correct Outcomes

There are a number of types of probate litigation but in general it can be broken into two broad categories: probate litigation that occurs after someone has died, and litigation while the subject is still alive.

Post-Mortem Litigation

The most common subjects of post-mortem litigation are wills and trusts. Since these documents usually only trigger upon the death of an individual, litigation challenging these entities often occurs after the creator has passed away.

Wills can have their validity challenged. This may occur because the will was written while the individual is not in a sound state of mind or was coerced. Additionally, the interpretation or construction of a will can also become the subject of probate litigation.

Probate litigation focusing on trusts can also focus on the interpretation of the trust’s language or construction. Additionally, probate litigation may also be brought to dissolve a trust whose purpose has been determined to be impractical.

Living Litigation

Probate litigation that focuses on an individual who is still alive often centers on what to do with the individual when they are incapacitated. This incapacitation can be physical, such as a coma, or it can be mental, such as in the case of dementia.

Probate lawsuits over a physically incapacitated person will deal with the individual’s living will. A living will states the wishes of the individual in the event that they are unable to advocate for themselves. If the living will is not being followed, a probate case may need to be made. For a mentally incapacitated individual, the probate litigation usually focuses on guardianship. Probate litigation can be brought over the appointment of a guardian or conservator, or it may be brought over the conduct of the guardian.

Some probate litigation also focuses on trusts before they go into effect. One example would be bringing a lawsuit against a fiduciary who is failing to fulfill their responsibilities. Another reason to bring probate litigation would be to reform or modify the trust.

Planning For The Future

If you want to file probate litigation to address an issue in the probate system, you will need the help of an experienced Trusts & Estates attorney. A Trusts & Estates attorney can ensure that your life plans are legally enforceable and airtight by utilizing their experience and mastery of the subject matter.

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Probate Litigation Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is probate litigation?

Probate litigation refers to legal challenges that center on the death or incapacity of an individual. This can be something straightforward, such as challenging a will, or it can be a complex entanglement of factors such as disputing the conduct of a guardian for a mentally incapacitated individual.

2. What does a probate litigation attorney do?

An attorney who specializes in probate litigation can perform a number of tasks for a client depending on the circumstances. If the client is seeking to challenge a will or trust, a probate attorney can issue such a challenge and also can bring a lawsuit against a will that may have been misinterpreted or poorly constructed, seek a legal reformation or modification of a trust, or even move to dissolve a trust that no longer serves a practical purpose.

In other instances a probate attorney can help seek justice without the death of an individual. Examples of this kind of conduct include bringing a lawsuit against the appointment or ill conduct of a guardian or suing a fiduciary for failing to act in the best interest of a trust.

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