Trust Contest & Trust Litigation

Trust litigation often involves a dispute regarding the validity of a trust instrument or the validity of an amendment to a trust. Because a trust usually directs the distribution of property from a decedent to his or her beneficiaries, important property rights are affected by the distribution provisions of a trust.

A trust or trust amendment might be subject to attack as the product of undue influence exerted by a family member, a caregiver, a friend, or a near stranger.

A trust or trust amendment might be invalid due to lack of capacity on the part of the trustor, meaning the person who created the trust, or allegedly created it.

Mistake, fraud, menace and/or duress can also be grounds for attacking a trust.

There are deadlines to every legal action. Clients are cautioned to consult with an attorney as soon as they think they might need to prosecute or to defend an action regarding the validity of a trust.

Noël Margaret Lawrence is an expert in such cases related to estate and trust litigation and helps to resolve them.