Wills and trusts are the foundations of most estate plans. A will is a legal document that specifies your wishes for your assets and your dependents after your death. Upon your death, the will is verified and administered in probate court. This can be a lengthy and sometimes expensive process for your beneficiaries. A trust operates differently from a will. Your assets are assumed by a trust while you are alive and transferred immediately to your named beneficiaries after your death. A trust generally does not go through the probate process. At Burke & Handley, P.C., we have years of experience working with both wills and trusts and litigating disputes that may arise regarding them.
Probate disputes can be especially difficult, as they often take place when a family is grieving the loss of a loved one. They can arise when the validity of a will is challenged, property ownership is unresolved, or other factors come into question. Our attorneys sensitive to the challenges surrounding probate disputes. We are skilled negotiators and litigators, and have many years of experience representing both claimants and estates in a wide variety of disputed probate matters.