Estate planning is a complex and ongoing process that requires the expertise of qualified professionals. The main objective of any estate plan is to ensure that the assets are distributed as per the wishes of the deceased. However, when an estate plan lacks clarity or unforeseen circumstances arise, disputes may arise among heirs regarding the distribution of the estate.
If you are currently dealing with the loss of a loved one, the last thing you need is a lengthy legal battle and probate process. That’s where the Illinois estate litigation legal team at Pluymert, MacDonald & Lee can provide valuable assistance. Our goal is to help you protect your rights, your family, and the wishes of your departed loved ones. We strive to efficiently and effectively resolve your estate dispute, allowing you to focus on your family and moving forward with your life.
Disputes That Arise in Probate
Probate litigation can arise in various scenarios, ranging in complexity and severity. At Pluymert, MacDonald & Lee, our experienced estate litigation attorneys are equipped to handle all types of probate disputes, including the following:
Heirs, beneficiaries, and other interested parties have the right to challenge specific terms or the validity of a will or trust. They may believe that they have been treated unfairly or that there are issues with the will itself. Disinherited heirs, current or former spouses, or beneficiaries who suspect undue influence may contest a will or certain provisions. Wills can be invalidated if they were executed improperly, if there was coercion or undue influence, if the terms are ambiguous, or if there are legally unenforceable provisions.
Administering an estate involves identifying and properly paying all creditors. However, creditors may file legal claims if they believe their debts have been left unpaid due to improper estate administration.
Disputes often arise when heirs or beneficiaries believe that the estate’s Trustee has not fulfilled their duties. This can involve making poor investment decisions, disregarding the terms of the will, or fabricating issues. Whether you are the Trustee, executor, heir, or beneficiary, it is crucial to have a skilled legal professional on your side to protect your rights and the wishes of the deceased.
If an estate is based on a trust, rather than a will, there may be grounds to challenge the trust’s administration. Trust litigation usually involves allegations of mismanagement, embezzlement, poor investments, or failure to provide proper accounting to beneficiaries.
Regardless of the nature of your estate dispute, the experienced estate litigation attorneys at Pluymert, MacDonald & Lee are ready to assist you. We will ensure that you are not unfairly accused, that your assets are safeguarded, and that the wishes of your loved one are faithfully executed. Our team strives to prevent disputes whenever possible and, if necessary, resolves them through mediation or litigation.
Call for Help With Illinois Estate and Probate Disputes
If you need assistance with defending or challenging a will, dealing with creditors, or holding a trustee accountable, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable and detail-oriented Chicagoland estate litigation lawyers at Pluymert, MacDonald & Lee. Schedule a consultation today by calling us in Hoffman Estates at 847-310-0025 or in Des Plaines at 847-298-5030.