Estate Litigation Lawyers in Davis County

Helping Clients Take Legal Action to Resolve Their Disputes

Estate litigation can be emotionally overwhelming as it often involves family members contesting a will or trust and taking legal action against one another. Added to the problem is that the disputed issues are generally regarding money, property, or business rights.

Emotions typically run high whenever family members or other heirs are involved in legal disputes. For this reason, it is best to hire an experienced estate litigation attorney who can provide the legal advice you need to resolve your legal issues.

Fontenot Law, P.C. can assist you with your estate litigation issues by offering high-quality legal services to protect your rights. Our team works to resolve your legal issues efficiently so the estate can be settled and all assets be distributed to the rightful heirs.

If you want more information about the estate litigation services we can offer, contact our law office and schedule a free initial consultation.

Why Should I Hire an Estate Litigation Lawyer?

Estate law and litigation can involve several legal issues, such as challenges to wills and trusts, dependent support claims, and guardianship applications. Because these legal issues can be overly complex and challenging to try and navigate, it is best to hire an estate litigator who can do the work on your behalf.

An estate litigation lawyer can:

  • Provide legal advice in determining if you have a valid claim to contest a will or trust.
  • Answer your questions so you stay informed throughout the litigation process.
  • Protect your interests by ensuring you meet guidelines for filing any paperwork necessary to file a claim. Failure to file a claim within the prescribed time period can result in your case being dismissed by the probate court.
  • Protect your interests by being proactive and reviewing the terms and conditions of a will so that you will be aware of any potential disputes.
  • Act as an advocate on your behalf by handling all of the necessary legal work while you go through the grieving process after your loved one passes away.

What Legal Issues Can Lead to Estate Litigation?

As with many other legal matters, estate litigation can arise from several factors. When these issues arise, having an experienced attorney on your side can help you save precious time and money. Having skilled legal representation will also allow you and other family members to receive the estate assets the decedent intended for you to have more quickly.

Some of the most common legal issues that lead to estate litigation include:

  • Improper distribution of estate or trust assets.
  • Theft of estate assets.
  • Fraud or forgery.
  • The executor or personal representative of the estate does not uphold their fiduciary duty.
  • Allegations of wrongdoing on the part of an administrator or trustee.
  • It is alleged that the deceased was the victim of undue influence when creating a will or trust.
  • Allegations the deceased suffered mental incompetence, and any will, or trust should be considered invalid.
  • Creditors make claims against the estate.

If legal issues are making it challenging to distribute estate assets, you must seek help from a knowledgeable lawyer who can thoroughly evaluate the case and determine what legal action may be appropriate.

What Should I Do if I Have an Estate Litigation Issue?

Anyone can file a claim against an estate if they disagree with the actions of the executor or trustee. Individuals such as a surviving spouse, beneficiary, creditor, or other heir are eligible to file a claim.

However, there are specific factors that you must keep in mind if you are considering litigation, which include:

  • The amount of time that has expired since the will went through probate. State law prohibits individuals from claiming if 180 days have passed since the will was probated.
  • Gather all evidence that you have that will support your claim. Having concrete evidence available can improve your chances of success.

Fontenot Law, P.C. has years of experience handling estate litigation matters and will work to determine what can be done to help you resolve your issues. Our lawyers are also qualified to handle other estate matters, such as fiduciary litigation and guardian issues.

Can Your Legal Team Provide the Legal Services I Need to End an Estate Litigation Dispute?

One of the main objectives of Fontenot Law, P.C., is to help defend the rights of Woods Cross citizens. All too often, we have met with clients and determined that an administrator or trustee is taking advantage of unknowing heirs and beneficiaries and committing financial crimes against the estate.

Our legal team is passionately committed to helping clients resolve their estate litigation issues so they can receive the assets the deceased intended for them. For example, we have successfully handled disputes between a surviving spouse and children from a first marriage, division of real or personal property, and claims brought against estate brought by disinherited heirs and beneficiaries.

If you have reason to suspect that an estate is not being handled according to Utah probate law, you should contact an estate litigation lawyer immediately. Anyone wishing to file a claim against an estate has a limited amount of time to do so, so there is no time to waste when it comes to obtaining qualified legal representation.

Contact Fontenot Law, P.C. of Davis County at 801-448-0156 and ask to schedule a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal needs and possible legal strategies.