Hinshaw Estate Planning Blog

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trust Disputes

Most people are generally unwilling participants in trust disputes.  People who are frozen out of a Trust usually don't use legal words of art to describe their plight.  More likely, they are apt to describe themselves as a son or daughter whose inheritance was taken by a stepmother, stepfather or caregiver during the last months of their mother or father's life.

Many preliminary interviews with abused beneficiaries involve a love between family members that is disrupted by the wrongdoing of another.  Such wrongdoing has real-life adverse emotional and financial consequences.  We come in to reverse the consequences or to minimize them.

Trust litigation attorneys are engaged by beneficiaries for many reasons.  Commonly they involve disputes about the validity of trusts or trust amendments, the validity of the appointment of trustees or the abuse of trusts by appointed trustees, challenges over the validity of Trusts as well as differences over what property is in a Trust or Estate.

The ultimate quest in trust litigation is justice and the effectuation of the intent of the Trust maker (the "Settlor" or "Trustor").  Filing Probate Court petitions and/or Complaints in California Superior Courts is the legal way to bring Court oversight to the determination and timing of Trust disputes.  Give us a call so we can help you.

Hinshaw Estate Planning is a practice group of Hinshaw, Marsh, Still & Hinshaw and assists clients in matters related to Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Planning for Children, Inheritance Protection, and Estate & Trust Litigation in the areas of Saratoga, San Jose, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and Palo Alto within Santa Clara County, the areas of Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley, San Carlos, and Redwood City within San Mateo County, and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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