The Lawyers You Need To Handle Complex Will And Trust Disputes

When family members and other interested parties disagree with the terms of a loved one's will or trust or have concerns regarding the validity of estate planning documents, will and trust contests can arise.

These disputes can often result in lengthy and expensive litigation. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney to help you resolve the dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Since the late 1970s numerous Essex County families have chosen lawyers from Porcello Law Offices to represent them in their family disputes. Our level of experience and expertise, combined with the highest levels of honesty and integrity, have proven successful in resolving the most difficult legal challenges in the area of will and trust contests.

Attorney Anthony S. Porcello is an experienced and tough litigator. He is always prepared for trial and takes the necessary steps to protect his clients' rights.

Reasons To Contest A Will

Wills are generally viewed as representing the final wishes of the deceased. As such, courts are hesitant to alter their terms. In certain circumstances, however, the validity of a will may be challenged. Common reasons for will disputes include:

  • The deceased was under undue influence at the time the will was made.
  • The will was forged or is the result of fraud.
  • The deceased lacked testamentary capacity.
  • The will's terms are ambiguous and require court interpretation.
  • The will has been revoked or a newer will exists.
  • Other technical issues, such as an unsigned or improperly witnessed will

At Porcello Law Offices, we have experience working on both sides of the table in probate disputes. Our firm has represented those challenging the validity of wills and trusts, as well as estate executors, personal representatives and trustees.

Because we know how each party thinks, we are able to predict opposing counsel's moves and take proactive steps to advance our clients' cases.

Trust Disputes

Our lawyers also represent clients during trust-related disputes. Common issues in trust litigation involve allegations of trustee misconduct, such as:

  • Misappropriating trust funds
  • Misusing trust property
  • Mismanaging trust assets
  • Accounting errors

Trust disputes may also arise regarding the validity of trust documents, including allegations of undue influence over the grantor, and disputes regarding trust terms.

If you need help contesting a will or trust or defending your actions as fiduciary, we can help. Contact our law office at 978-745-5553 or 888-725-2534.