Wills, estate trusts, and powers of attorney often involve complex legal issues that lead to litigation. Our lawyers have specialized expertise to assist individuals who require guidance resolving contentious matters relating to estate administration, wills and trusts, beneficiary claims, powers of attorney and guardianship.
A testamentary document such as a will, trust, or codicil, or a power of attorney sets out an individual’s wishes following death or in a situation where that person’s capacity is diminished. Such testamentary documents often do not sufficiently dispose of assets, are ambiguous, unclear, or fail to make adequate provision for a dependent. These situations often lead to disputes.
At Lawrences, we have extensive experience in dealing with will challenges and executors or heirs of an estate who are concerned about the circumstances surrounding the preparation of a will, or believe they have been wrongly excluded, or feel that family members or others influenced the completion of a will, or that a family member lacked capacity to make a will.
We have extensive experience in both advancing and defending claims and resolving matters in a manner that meets the needs of our clients.
We have also advanced and defended breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty claims against executors, trustees, or other personal representatives. We have acted in cases involving claims for compensation or unjust enrichments where the deceased failed to live up to legal obligations and promises made while alive.
We have represented estate trustees, beneficiaries, and claimants with an aim to provide efficient and results oriented legal advice in resolving estate and incapacity litigation disputes.