Experienced DuPage County Contested Estates Lawyer
Estates of great value are often contested when there is bad blood within the family. Long-standing grudges and disharmony can easily propel an estate dispute into Probate Court. When family members become adversarial and Estate disputes require litigation, a long and contentious legal battle can ensue. At The Law Office of Cynthia Hayes Hutchins, P.C., we are experienced in dealing with the challenges of probate & estate litigation. We seek to resolve these disputes with as little acrimony as possible and strongly advocate for the rights and interests of our clients.
Removal of an Executor or Trustee
When the Executor of a Will or the Trustee of a Trust is not administering the Estate or Trust properly, lawsuits can be used to remove them. Executors and Trustees both have the fiduciary duty to act responsibly, honestly and impartially in fulfilling the terms of the Will or Trust. Beneficiaries have a right to hold Executors and Trustees accountable. Cindy Hutchins has been counseling clients on the responsibilities of Executors and Trustees for nearly 30 years. We know when those responsibilities are being neglected or willfully disregarded. We work with clients to seek removal of Executors and Trustees acting inappropriately. We also defend Executors and Trustees wrongfully accused of impropriety.
Preventing Contested Estates Through Estate Planning
It is difficult to predict when an Estate dispute will arise among beneficiaries. If you expect your beneficiaries to contest your Will or Trust after your death, there are some strategies you can use to minimize the likelihood of such contests. Attorney Cindy Hutchins is extensively experienced in drafting effective and enforceable estate planning documents that plan for as many contingencies as possible. We are skilled in handling difficult situations such as disinheriting loved ones, dealing with “illegitimate” children, and the issues that arise in second marriages.
For experienced legal advice in all matters related to contested estates, contact us to schedule a consultation. From our Wheaton office, we help individuals and families throughout DuPage County including Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Lombard, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale and Lisle.