The best estate plans do not always succeed. Your elderly spouse's new will leaves everything to the home health care aide. Your mother promised you that her will would provide for you. It did, but then it was changed while she was suffering from dementia and the new beneficiary is the mailman. The trustee of your trust likes to invest in a speculative stock in his cousin’s failing start-up company.
It does not always work out the way you were told, does it? Sometimes, despite the most painstaking planning by highly qualified professionals—and more often, because of the lack of it—people find that their rights to money and property may be challenged.
Greedy relatives may seek to thwart, at the expense of an intended beneficiary, the intentions of those who created the estate plan. Trusted fiduciaries prove untrustworthy. Or, possibly, you have been appointed an executor or trustee and the beneficiaries are making all kinds of unreasonable demands of you. Perhaps your present attorney may be with the best firm in town, but a conflict of interest may prevent that firm from suing the financial institution that mismanaged your trust.
Should you find yourself in any of these situations, the earlier you retain an experienced litigator, whose loyalty is only to you, the better. And the more likely that your trust and estate litigation and will contest battles can be handled appropriately.
Our Estate Litigation Practice
Our legal team's primary focus is New York estate litigation and administration, including will contests, probate litigation, inheritance disputes, trust litigation, and Surrogate's Court cases involving beneficiaries, claimants, executors, and trustees. We will handle matters in New York City area courts, including those in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Nassau counties, for clients worldwide.
Our approach to New York trust and estate litigation and will contests is to offer large-firm quality, small-firm attentiveness, and cost-conscious representation. We strive to provide "Concierge-Level Service" to our trust and estate litigation clients because we understand the grief, stress, conflict, fear, uncertainty, and outrage that many of them experience. They need an attorney who is both a strong, experienced courtroom advocate and a caring, compassionate human being. That combination of qualities has become the hallmark of our trust and estatelitigation practice. Where appropriate, and upon client request, we offer a multidisciplinary collaborative approach, working with a psychologist, family business succession expert, and professionals from our firm to defuse and resolve estate controversies before they explode into costly, protracted litigation.
We are dedicated to providing you with the high-quality representation you expect from a larger firm, but with the personal touch and flexibility of a smaller firm. We are committed to combining high quality assistance with hands-on attention. Effective solutions for sophisticated legal issues. We draw upon our experience to provide creative solutions tailored to your specific needs—whether in person, in court, or through alternate measures, such as mediation or arbitration. Client-centered, cost-conscious representation. We strive to provide a good value while also doing what’s best for our clients. We tailor our legal services to meet your needs. Our goal is to get the job done, effectively and efficiently.