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Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

As part of SBEMP’s full-service Trusts, Estates & Probate practice covering California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, our attorneys are experienced and well poised to handle issues that arise during the administration of an estate or trust, which often lead to litigation. 

More specifically, our firm’s trust, estate and probate litigation group has extensive expertise in the following areas:

  • Will and trust contests
  • Estate and trust accountings
  • Removal of trustees
  • Defense of trustees
  • Trustee/Beneficiary disputes
  • Trustee/Trustee disputes
  • Family disputes
  • Elder abuse
  • Modification of trusts
  • Termination of trusts
  • Property disputes
  • Tax disputes
  • Creditor claims
  • Contested conservatorships
  • Other disputes involving wills and trusts

When a trustee, executor or personal administrator is accused of not fulfilling his or her fiduciary duties, the matter can become contested. At SBEMP, our trust, estate, and probate practice represents trustees, executors or personal administers, and beneficiaries in trust and estate disputes and litigation. Our trust and estate attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the legal responsibilities of trustees and executor or personal administrator.  Our attorneys know what to look for when a fiduciary is allegedly acting irresponsibly or illegally, and how to uncover valuable information to serve as evidence either for or against a trustee or executor or personal administrator.

Trust and estate disputes and litigation can also result from disagreement over who was named in the trust or will as a beneficiary or a last-minute trust update prior to the decedent’s death. If you believe that your loved one was not able to make decisions regarding his or her trust or estate and was manipulated while incapacitated, our attorneys can help you.

If you think you may need legal help or advice for a trust, estate, probate, will contest, wills and trust fraud, or any trust or estate litigation matter, SBEMP can help. Our attorneys are prepared to offer you an aggressive assertion of your rights in advice, in negotiations, or in the courts. SBEMP regularly answers questions regarding the validity of wills and trusts, breach of trust actions, and all related interested proceedings. Our track record in this area is both extensive and impressive.

The group’s expertise blends estate and trust law, tax law, litigation procedures and strategies, and knowledge of the unique personal emotional experiences encountered by clients in these types of matters.

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1800 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Orange County
650 Town Center Drive, Ste. 1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
San Diego
2240 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
103 Carnegie Center Blvd., Ste. 101
Princeton, NJ 08540
New York
405 Lexington Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, New York