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Probate Litigation

Fiduciaries and beneficiaries of substantial trusts and estates form a core element of our firm's probate litigation practice. These clients and others have a high regard for our attorneys' skill and experience and for our record in resolving complex probate and trust disputes.

We have earned the respect of the Probate Court as well. In fact, our partners are often called upon by judges to serve as court-appointed guardians, conservators and trustees. Our attorneys are well versed in trust law and have appeared in the probate and appellate courts on a range of matters involving trust interpretation, trust modification and trust distribution.

Breadth and depth of experience and knowledge

Clients seek our counsel for complex probate matters, including litigation of claims for:

  • Undue influence
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Mismanagement of assets, including claims for inadequate investment performance

We also handle petitions for cy pres and reasonable deviation, guardianship petitions, petitions to sell or partition real estate, and similar matters. In addition to representing individuals, our probate litigation group regularly represents corporate fiduciaries and charitable entities with respect to protecting their interests as beneficiaries of trusts and estates.

Representative Experience

  • A family group sought our help in a dispute with another branch of the family over the proper distribution of trust assets. We obtained a summary judgment in Probate Court
  • Beneficiaries and executors/administrators of wills seek our counsel when a will is contested

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