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.
News & Resources
- City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment Confirmed(November 7, 2014)
- 129 Honigman attorneys named in the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers(September 17, 2013)
- e-Discovery and Records Retention, Anti-Fraud Issues Conference, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Novi, MIMay 22, 2012
- e-Discovery in the Securities Industry2007
- The Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. 28, Issue 3, p. 50
- The Impending Tax Tsunami, and How it Affects You - a review of the Michigan Business Tax and how it impacts individuals, trusts and investment entities(November 2007)Michigan Lawyers Weekly
- Buy-Sell Agreements in Divorce(November 2006)ICLE Family & Closely Held Business Institute
- Enforcement of Property Settlements(February 2005)ICLE
- Quiet Periods for Follow-On Offerings(November 15, 2004)Compliance Reporter,Vol. XI, No. 46
- Separate Property in Michigan: Determination of Active vs. Passive Appreciation(May 2004)American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Alternative Dispute Resolution(2004)Wayne Law Review
- The Disappearing Tax Advisor Privilege(2003)Wayne Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 3
- The Legal Significance of Pricing Formulae in Buy-Sell Agreements in the Equitable Division of Property - an Open Question in Michigan(March 2002)31 Michigan Family L. J. 3