Trusts and Estates Litigation

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Honigman's Trusts and Estates Litigation Practice Group is comprised of highly regarded lawyers offering a diversity of practice skills and experience. Our practice combines the intricate knowledge and skills of our well-respected Trusts and Estates Practice group with the advocacy talent of our top-ranked litigation lawyers. 

Our reputation is built upon our representation in some of the most complex and high profile engagements in the region. The cross-disciplinary approach of bringing together highly regarded professionals with complimentary practice strengths benefits our clients and differentiates our team from other firms. 

Our methodology includes establishing a collaborative and cross-disciplinary team with other firm practice groups as necessary, including estate planning for high net worth clients; trust and probate administration; real estate; bankruptcy; corporate and securities; tax; and complex civil and appellate law. Our flexibility allows us to adapt the most favorable tactical methods that benefit our clients in the courtroom, in private settlements and in mediation or arbitration.

Our attorneys are well qualified to represent the interests of the estate or beneficiaries in contested estate or trust matters such as will contests, disputes over construction of wills or trust agreements, and disputes arising out of the administration of an estate or a trust. We place special emphasis on handling concerns related to closely held businesses, high net worth individuals, and trustees and fiduciaries in financial institutions.

Honigman counsels clients in litigation prevention, dispute settlement and litigation involving the prosecution or defense of various issues, including:

  • Breaches of fiduciary duties, such as self-dealing and conflicts of interest
  • Accountings and valuations
  • Prudent investing
  • Petitions for court instructions and reformation
  • Suspension and removal of fiduciaries
  • Allegations of undue influence and fraudulent conveyances
  • Testamentary capacity and decedent’s intent

We earn our clients’ confidence through our deep experience with trust and estate matters of varying sizes and complexities, while remaining sensitive to the individual dynamics of family relationships, care of loved ones, ownership of closely held businesses that may include continuation/disposition issues and the complex tax implications of various actions. We identify, clarify and understand the key economic, familial and practical considerations of our clients. This process, coupled with our exhaustive knowledge of applicable federal and state law, allows us to efficiently address complex issues and communicate solutions.

Our approach encompasses informed guidance to the unique needs of each situation and, when necessary, utilizing vigorous advocacy for the interests of our clients. Our experience relates to many types of fiduciaries and related interests including executors and administrators; corporate and individual trustees; guardians and conservators; individual and corporate fiduciaries; beneficiaries, partners or shareholders; closely held businesses, trusts and public or private charities, foundations or other nonprofit entities.

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