Chicago Will Contests Attorneys
Contested Wills and Trust Litigation Lawyers Serving Elgin, Barrington, and Hoffman Estates
eath brings a variety of questions, especially when it comes to property or assets a person leaves behind. The presence of a will or a trust may not necessarily answer those questions, particularly if any instance of duress or fraud is intimated. If you wish to contests a will or trust or need representation to handle a claim against an estate, we are ready to assist you today.
The Law Offices of Anthony R. Scifo has extensive experience with claim litigation, trust litigation, contested wills, Power of Attorney misuse, caregiver financial abuse, and a variety of complex probate and probate litigation matters. We are a trusted leader in Chicago in regards to handling challenging estate issues. We have the knowledge and experience to handle the matter fully, working with top professionals in forensic accounting and investigation to uncover the truth and obtain justice for your family.
Experienced Representation in Matters of Contested Wills and Trusts
A comprehensive estate plan will often include a will and one or a number of trusts established for specific purposes. For example, a special needs trust may be set up to provide care for an adult or child with a disability that prevents them from caring for themselves now or in the future. In general, these estate documents are legally binding, but there are times when the validity will be challenged. A person may contests a will for a number of reasons:
Sudden changes to the terms of the will or trust just before the death of the estate owner.
Information that suggests the estate owner was under influence or stress to change the terms.
Information that suggests changes were forged or fraudulently altered.
The belief that the estate owner was mentally incompetent at any time in the estate planning process.
These are just a few scenarios that may call a will or trust into question. We represent clients who stand to inherit from an estate as well as individuals who may feel wrongfully excluded. If you have questions about a will or a trust, we are well qualified to help you get the answers you deserve.
Offering Counsel to Estate Heirs in Contested Will and Trust Matters
In the matter of a contested will or pursuit of trust litigation, individuals may pursue a trial or settlement. Smaller estates with combined assets and property of $500,000 or less do not tend to fare well under lengthy trials as the costs of the trial may severely deplete the value of the estate, leaving little or no assets to be distributed among the rightful heirs. When we work with clients, we examine the issues and offer our best recommendation for your situation. Rest assured that we will take every possible action to bring about the best outcome for your matter.
Explaining Duties and Responsibilities to Trustees
A designated trustee manages the assets inside of a Trust. Trustees are responsible for handling all legal and tax-related issues in a trust and making sure that the trust is administered and distributed in accordance with an estate plan. Some common trustee duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Proper asset administration according to the terms set forth in the Trust;
- Ensuring that assets are not put at risk;
- Taking responsibility for timely tax filings;
- Creating and maintaining all necessary Trust documentation; and
- Communicating with beneficiaries as needed.
Our firm works closely with executors and trustees to communicate the responsibilities of each role and provide sound guidance on the probate process. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and share knowledge about probate in Illinois.
Work with Probate Litigation Attorneys Today
If you need representation to address a contested will or trust, please contact our probate litigation firm by calling 847-628-8311 to set up an initial appointment. We will be happy to discuss the details of your matter. We serve the Chicago area, including Elgin, Rolling Meadows, Barrington, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, South Elgin, Lake In the Hills, Kane County, Cook County, and surrounding counties.