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Estate Litigation

New York Estate Litigation

Dealing with a deceased person’s estate can be complex and overwhelming. When the intentions of a decedent are clearly stated, the process of probate and estate administration should proceed smoothly and without complications. However, in some circumstances, this process can be delayed and result in conflict and litigation.

The probate and administration process can be disputed when inheritors or other involved parties believe their rights have been denied. A fiduciary or trustee can have his or her performance challenged. A spouse can demand his or her right of election. Wills and trusts can be contested for a variety of reasons. There are serious and complex issues associated with estate litigation. When pursuing a claim, it is crucial to have expert legal guidance that will protect your inheritance and ensure that you receive what is rightfully yours.

At Littman Krooks, we focus in estate litigation. Our team has successfully represented clients in claims involving the validity of a will or trust, the administration of trusts and estates, and contested accountings. While our first priority is to guide parties to a practical and amicable solution, thereby avoiding complications, expense and needless confrontation, we will fiercely litigate on behalf of our clients when necessary. We understand that tremendous frustration can arise out of this process, and we are there to guide you through every step of it. We can assist you in any estate matter including:

  • Will/trust contests
  • Contested powers of attorney
  • Spousal right of election
  • Contested accountings and actions involving breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraudulent transfers
  • Protection of beneficiary rights
  • Will and trust construction
  • Trust reformation
  • Guardianship proceedings

It is important to note that the statute of limitations in estate litigation matters. Immediate action is required to contest a will and, if not done promptly, you may lose what is rightfully yours. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain expert legal advice as soon as possible.

The attorneys at Littman Krooks LLP are highly experienced in and knowledgeable about all facets of estate litigation. We have litigated cases in the Surrogate’s Courts, Federal District Court, New York Supreme Courts, the Appellate Divisions and the New York Court of Appeals.