The Importance of Experience in Estate Litigation
It is not too difficult to find an Indiana estate attorney who focuses almost exclusively on estate planning and handles litigation on the rare occasion that this issue comes up. Most estate attorneys take this approach. The issues involved when litigation arises in the estate and probate context are too important to be entrusted to a lawyer who just handles litigation on the side as an extra component to his or her law practice.
At Anderson and Associates, P.C., we focus on litigation — not just the transactional matters — in the estate context. As Indianapolis estate litigation attorneys, we bring more than 30 years of legal experience, including almost 20 years representing a major insurance carrier in complex litigation.
We excel in the courtroom and we emphasize litigation in our practice in a way that you won’t find from many other estate attorneys.
We handle a wide range of estate and probate litigation issues, including will contests and inheritance disputes and issues with powers of attorney. These claims often include breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence or lack of testamentary capacity. We also handle trust dispute claims of fiduciary breach.
Probate and Estate Litigation Process
Although every case is different and each of our clients receives personally tailored service, the estate and probate litigation process often has a similar order:
- Info and fact gathering: First, we talk with the client during the free initial consultation, then we review all the legal docs and the facts surrounding the relevant will, trust, power of attorney or similar document.
- Negotiation: The next step is to negotiate and do everything possible to come to an acceptable outcome without litigation.
- Litigation: Although we do try to avoid it whenever possible, there are times when litigation is the only option. When this is the case, we use our more than 30 years of litigation experience to fight for the best outcome for our clients.
Estate litigation is legendary for going on and on, seemingly forever without resolution. We have too much experience for that. We want our clients to really benefit, without all of their benefits being eaten up by lawyer fees. We do everything possible to resolve our clients’ cases efficiently and effectively.