Polsinelli’s Trust and Estate Litigation practice delivers effective, straightforward, and responsive legal counsel based on a substantive blend of experience in both litigation and probate/trust matters. Polsinelli’s attorneys have decades of collective experience and provide valuable insight into litigation matters involving wills, trusts, guardianships and a host of other proceedings involving disputes over assets and related matters.
We have successfully resolved for both plaintiff and defendant clients a significant range of such issues, including:
- Will contests
- Trust contests
- Discovery of assets actions
- Contested conservatorships
- Contested guardianships
- Proceedings to remove personal representatives (executors) and trustees
- Amendment and termination of trusts
- Biological heirship and legitimacy of heirs
- Church-related trusts for departing congregations
- Tortious interference with inheritance rights
Because these cases often involve serious disruption in the lives of litigants and their families, we focus on minimizing the impact on our clients to the fullest extent possible. When appropriate, we will at times recommend alternative dispute resolution in lieu of contentious court proceedings. However, when the facts support a swift and determined approach to the courts, the Trust and Estate Litigation Practice Group has a history of obtaining successful results for our clients.
With the national reach of our firm, Polsinelli’s attorneys have litigated to successful resolution substantial cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars in assets in a variety of jurisdictions, including most of the Midwestern states, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, and Delaware. We also maintain productive and practical relationships with estate planning attorneys and forensic accountants, to better deliver on our goal of providing comprehensive legal counsel that takes into account the full range of a client’s personal or business objectives. Members of the group are regular presenters at various professional programs and four members of the firm are Fellows in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.