Dallas Lawyers Assisting Texas Residents In Trust & Estate Disputes
An individual’s trust or estate may impact multiple people, charities, businesses, or fiduciaries. In many cases, these parties face conflicts of interest that can lead to serious disagreements about the trust or estate. Situations quickly become messy when the parties disagree about the property included in an estate or the abuse, misuse, or mismanagement of such property. Disputes may also relate to the interpretation of trust language, gifts or bequests, the handling of joint accounts, as well as the claims of third parties. When disagreements cannot be resolved, it may be necessary to retain an attorney to protect your interests. Trust and estate disputes are often time sensitive. If you are a Texas resident and need assistance with a trust or estate dispute, contact our Dallas lawyers as soon as possible.
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Attorneys representing Texas residents in disagreements over a decedent’s trust or estate
Planning one’s estate in advance by creating a last will and testament, trust, or other directives can be extremely beneficial. Clearly defining one’s end-of-life wishes and the distribution of assets can be a blessing for family and friends left behind. In many cases, however, the probate process is anything but clear. Disagreements arise in a variety of circumstances that may need to be resolved through litigation. Examples of such trust or estate disputes include:
- Whether property should be included in an estate
- Whether joint accounts and property should be excluded from probate
- Whether creditors have a claim to one’s estate
- Whether gifts should be part of an estate or trust
- Whether a fiduciary, such as a power of attorney, executor, or trustee, breached his or her duty to the decedent, estate, or trust
When legal action becomes necessary in such matters, the Court’s decision can have a serious impact on the interested parties. For instance, resolving a trust dispute about whether a beneficiary has met the conditions necessary to receive their inheritance will not only impact the potential heir, but may also affect other beneficiaries, etc. Challenges related to a fiduciary’s mismanagement of trust funds may involve an institutional trustee, financial management company, the beneficiaries, etc. A decision to permit creditors to make claims against the estate could greatly reduce bequests made to children, grandchildren, charitable organizations, and others. For these reasons, trust and estate litigation often involves multiple parties and complex legal theories. Hiring an attorney who understands these issues is crucial to ensuring that your financial interests are protected at a time like this.
Our Dallas trust and estate litigation lawyers will aggressively protect your interest in matters involving trusts, estates, or other planning documents. Our firm will quickly work to review the facts of your case and identify any possible legal challenges that may be made on your behalf. This may include identifying property which can potentially be disputed, ownership history, the relationship between relevant persons, the actions of the deceased, the use of funds, as well as issues related to disputing a will or trust if necessary. We will determine the quickest and most efficient way to handle the process and the best manner to protect the property. We will ensure that your case is fully prepared and will aggressively represent you at trial. Contact our firm today. Our offices also service Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center.
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Dallas attorneys with the skills necessary to protect you when an estate or trust is in dispute
Our lawyers have the skills necessary to resolve an estate or trust dispute. Price L. Johnson is a CPA in addition to being licensed by the State Bar of Texas. This means he has a background in tracing the history and path of assets. He and his associates will use these skills to analyze chains of ownership as well as issues which may invalidate an ownership transfer or gift. We take a collaborative approach to such cases which means our team will examine all possible issues from all possible angles. We understand that this is a trying time and we are ready to assist you.
We will stay in regular contact with you throughout this process. We strive to ensure that phone calls and emails are responded to promptly and will be here to answer your questions. We make probate our business so you can focus on the business of life. Call our Dallas attorneys today.