Contested Probate Attorneys
The death of a loved one brings with it a terrible burden to family and friends of the deceased. Contested probate legal contests — involving the validity or administration of a loved one’s will, trust or the competency of a loved one through a contested guardianship or conservatorship — only complicate an already overwhelming situation.
Probate disputes consume great deals of time and money, and often create tension among friends and family. With this in mind, our experienced contested probate attorneys strive to handle your loved one’s trust or estate issues with compassion, efficiency and competency.
Why Probate Court?
Probate courts ensure that all parties act according to the law and to the expressed wishes of the deceased by challenging or validating wills and trusts, determining heirs and beneficiaries and by resolving disputes over the administration of estates and trusts. Examples include challenging accountings, asset inventories, distributions and other financial decisions by fiduciaries.
Probate courts also serve to guarantee the protection of those members of our society who are most vulnerable. This is accomplished by setting up guardianships and conservatorships through adjudicating a loved one’s competency or incompetency — due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, addiction or natural causes.
The Grand Rapids probate attorneys at Britt Law Group will work with you and the court to honor your loved one’s wishes and to protect all of your best interests throughout each step in the process.
Our seasoned lawyers provide representation for most contested probate issues, including:
- Defending or challenging the administration of estates and trusts
- Opening and closing of an estate or trust
- Paying or denying creditor claims
- Selling real property
- Inventorying of estate or trust assets
- Preparing annual accounts
- Planning and executing the distribution of estate or trust assets to beneficiaries
- Representing interests of trustees, representatives, beneficiaries, creditors, heirs, executors and others
- Prosecuting or defending against breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and duress claims
- The appointment and administration of Guardians or Conservators
- Incapacity challenges
- Enforcement of a later will
- Forgery or the improper execution of estate documentation
There are many different kinds of probate proceedings, and figuring out which will works for you depends on your specific situation. Whichever type of probate administration suits you, Britt Law Group will ensure that the process goes smoothly and complies with both the demands of the law and of the court.