Estate Planning Probate Lawyers
Estate plans are established to define individuals' wishes for their property after they pass away. Unfortunately, wills and trusts can be highly contested. Dispute often erupts between family members over the amount of an inheritance. A family member may claim a relative used undue influence to persuade a loved one into unfairly dividing the family estate. The legitimacy of an estate plan may also be questioned if family members believe their loved one was not competent enough to make sound decisions when a will was established.
Our team of attorneys including, Robert N. Hamilton and Jennifer R. Piper, have extensive experience handling disputes in probate litigation. Every case is fact specific. Part of our background includes advocating for beneficiaries or executors seeking to preserve the intentions of the estate plan. We also provide experienced legal counsel to relatives questioning the legitimacy of a trust or will. For experience you can trust, contact us today to meet with a highly skilled St. Louis probate litigation lawyer.
Seeking to Preserve the Intentions of an Estate Plan in Probate Litigation
If you believe a trust or will was mishandled or established with undue influence, entrust our law firm to help preserve your loved one's intentions. We have extensive experience handling highly contested cases in probate litigation. Our law firm is committed to protecting our clients' best interests, while seeking to uphold the intentions of an estate plan. We have the skills and legal resources to handle a wide range of trust and will contests involving allegation of:
- Competency concerns — In order for a will or trust to be valid, the person establishing the estate plan must be considered emotionally and mentally competent. We have extensive experience handling will and trust contests when family members claim their loved one had Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's disease or another illness threatening his or her ability to make sound decisions.
- Undue influence — If you were likely going to be a beneficiary of an estate and learned that you had been removed from the will, you may be suspicious that a caregiver or another family member had undue influence over your loved one. We are committed to upholding the intentions of an estate plan, knowing vulnerable adults are susceptible to undue influence.
- Questionable will changes — The goal of a will is to designate who will receive property after the creator of the estate plan passes away. Unfortunately, wills can be mishandled to try and prevent a beneficiary from receiving his or her share of the inheritance. If your loved one's will was changed just days before he or she died or was written in someone else's handwriting, we can help you take legal action.
- Breach of fiduciary duty — If you are a fiduciary accused of not following through with the terms of an estate plan, we can help protect your rights and mitigate any potential ramifications. Our law firm also has a strong background advocating for beneficiaries with concerns a fiduciary mishandled their loved one's investments.
Contact Our St. Louis Will Contest Lawyers
Our law firm has a strong background representing beneficiaries, fiduciaries, trustees, guardians, executors and conservators. We will apply our comprehensive background in probate litigation to your advantage. Contact our law firm today to meet with a highly skilled probate litigation attorney in St. Louis, Missouri.