Helping Clients Through Will And Trust Disputes In Probate
All too often, disputes over terms of a will or trust arise, leaving beneficiaries and families facing difficult, high-stakes disputes. It is important in these times to have an advocate you can trust to understand the legal matters involved and remain committed to helping you get the best results possible throughout the entire process.
At Ziegler Metzger LLP, we have been providing Counsel of Good Value for Ohio clients since 1952. With offices in Cleveland and Painesville, we help clients through disputes involving the terms of wills and trusts. Whenever possible, our attorneys seek out negotiated solutions outside of the courtroom, which save our clients time, money and stress. However, when needed, we have the experience and tenacity to protect our clients’ rights in court.
We help negotiate and litigate will disputes caused by:
- Ambiguity in the text itself: Although our attorneys are extremely careful and conscientious to ensure accuracy and clarity in all of the wills, trusts and other estate planning instruments we prepare for our clients. However, this is not always the case with other instruments, and unfortunately many people prepare their own wills with “do-it-yourself” will or trust documents found online, which is a sure recipe for error and lack of clarity.
- Contradictions between the will or trust and other texts: In some cases, the will or trust itself is fine but it contradicts other aspects of an estate plan.
- Contradictions between the will or trust and verbal communications: In many cases, a person makes promises regarding inheritances, but then the will or trust contradicts these statements and the beneficiaries are left to figure out what the decedent’s intentions were.
Generally, unless there is some proof of undue influence or something else to invalidate the will, it will be the authoritative document. However, it is important to consult with a lawyer to be sure. At Ziegler Metzger, we have been handling these types of cases since 1952. We can help you determine whether the will or trust is valid and legally binding.