Resolving Estate Disputes and Probate Issues

If properly drafted and administered, estate planning documents such as wills and trusts are great tools to determine how assets should be divided. However, after the person is deceased and the probate estate is opened, the family learns that the distribution of assets seems unfair, or the estate plan documents were modified without your knowledge and now heavily favor some beneficiaries to the detriment of others.

This often leads to an estate dispute to determine whether some bad acts lead to the distribution of assets favoring certain individuals. Other estate disputes arise when although the assets are to be split equally, the person in charge of the estate (the personal representative or trustee of a trust) is managing the estate in a way that benefits him or her more than the other heirs.

If you have any estate dispute you wish to discuss, contact our St. Louis lawyers at TdD Attorneys at Law.

Will Contests and Invalid Will Guidance in Missouri

Will contests, also known as an objection to a will, are usually the result of:

  • Undue influence
  • Fraud
  • Duress
  • Coercion
  • Lack of mental capacity

Especially at the end of an individual's life, he or she becomes more vulnerable and is easily manipulated into changing his or her last wishes with the influence of someone who will benefit from the changes. Filing an objection to the will or claiming an invalid will may be a necessary step to prevent an unfair distribution of assets; the probate proceeding is driven by deadlines and you may lose your ability to challenge the will if you don't act within the deadline.

Contact Our St. Louis Estate Litigation Law Firm

TdD Attorneys at Law represents clients in communities throughout the St. Louis metro area from St. Charles, Clayton to Downtown St. Louis. If you have issues involving any type of estate dispute, contact attorney Ted Disabato at 314-527-3224.