Disputes can arise among family members or other beneficiaries with respect to a decedent’s estate. We represent clients with varying interests (creditors, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, next of kin) in probate and trust disputes including: wrongful death claims, interpreting the terms of wills and trusts, breaches of fiduciary duty, resolving disputes as to ownership of property, and representing the rights of a surviving spouse, beneficiary, or a creditor. Wherever possible, we will work aggressively to achieve your goals while being sensitive to family relationships and attempting to avoid litigation if possible.
An alternative to costly and timely litigation is mediation. In a mediation, the various parties agree on a mediator (who can also be appointed by the Probate Court if need be) and then present their sides of the relevant issues in a (typically) one day mediation. Many mediations result in the parties reaching a mutually agreeable settlement of their issues, which allows the estate to be settled with no further delay or acrimony. Our probate lawyers are experienced in participating in these types of mediations, and also serving as mediators.