Experienced NJ Attorneys Litigating Probate and Trust Disputes
Lawrenceville lawyers represent clients in inheritance conflicts
The death of a loved one is always a painful occurrence. Unfortunately, that pain is too often compounded by problems in the estate which cause disputes among heirs and beneficiaries. If you suspect that a will or trust does not reflect the wishes of the deceased, you have a right to challenge the proceedings in court. At Backes & Hill, LLP, we represent aggrieved parties in estate disputes. We are ready to assist you in inheritance controversies arising from:
- Lack of capacity
- Undue influence
- Breach of fiduciary duty
Preventing exploitation of the elderly
Many probate and trust disputes stem from suspicions that a particular individual took advantage of the declining health or dementia of the deceased to insinuate himself into the will to the detriment of the rightful heirs. Our attorneys are familiar with such cases and know exactly 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, that change can be invalidated.
Demanding accountability and fairness
The individual chosen to be the trustee or the personal representative of the estate has a fiduciary duty to dispatch his obligations professionally and in accordance with the wishes of the grantor or testator. Any deliberate fraud or negligence in accounting for assets can and should be challenged in court. Our attorneys have vast experience dealing with estate matters and can form a quick and accurate appraisal of whether matters are being handled competently and honestly.
Don’t expect success if you handle objections yourself
Many people hesitate to hire an attorney because they wish to keep a family dispute within the family. However, there are things you should consider before attempting to handle an estate or trust issue yourself. 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 such negotiations before is likely to produce a settlement that satisfies all parties and allows the proceedings to move forward at less cost to the estate.
Contact an established trust and estate litigation law firm
Don’t add to your emotional loss by losing out on your loved one’s legacy. Call Backes & Hill, LLP today at 609-396-8257 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Lawrenceville, NJ, NJ office.