Estate law is a complex legal practice area with several moving parts that can have long-term effects on the lives of the beneficiaries, especially where trusts are involved. At the Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C., our trust litigation attorney in Los Angeles strategically protects the rights and interests of our clients who are embroiled in trust disputes, trust contests, removal cases, petitions for instructions, and other processes that affect their personal, professional, and financial standings.
Who Does the Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C. Represent?
Our experienced trust litigation attorney represents individuals in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and throughout the State of California who are named in the administration of the estate of a person who has passed away.
Often times, even though there is a trust in place, the surviving members named therein may not agree on the terms or the handling of the details by those who were placed in charge of the trust’s care.
Our Los Angeles trust litigation attorney litigates estate and trust claims and disputes between :
Our Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg focus on the following Practice Area:
- Contracts Law
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Domestic Violence
- Felony Law
- Drug & Possession Crimes
- Restraining Orders
- Real Estate
- Family Law
What Are the Most Common Trust Litigation Categories in California?
There are different aspects of disagreement in trust litigation cases, and our San Fernando Valley attorney will identify the validity of the claims without delay, so we can begin the litigation process and eradicate the issues effectively, so the balance of the trust operates optimally going forward.
The most common trust litigation claims include :
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Disputed Trust Accountings
- Disputes between Co-Trustees
- Petitions for Instructions
- Trustee Removal
What Is the Trustee Responsible For?
A trustee is a person who is given control, or powers of administration, of a trust with the legal obligation to administer the terms as legally specified by the trust’s creator.
The trustee is required to handle specific responsibilities of the trust and is charged with the duty to :
- Administer the trust according to its terms
- Supply trust terms upon request
- Review investments and develop a strategy
- Dispose of unproductive assets
- Diversify the trust
- Fully account for the trust
- Upon a reasonable request, provide information to a beneficiary
- Avoid self-dealing and avoid conflicts
- Invest and make property productive
- Keep beneficiaries informed
- Consider beneficiaries’ needs
- Avoid conflicts of interest
- Not to delegate certain functions
Trustees must oversee their duties confidentially, loyally and impartially at all times. When any of these areas are breached, the trustees must be held responsible.
How Do Trust Disputes Occur?
Often, a trust is named to more than one person, who are labeled as co-trustees. This is common when parents create a trust for two or more children, leaving the co-trustees to handle the duties of the trust together.
Tension and disputes often occur when the co-trustees do not see eye to eye on how the administration of the trust should occur.
Common scenarios include co-trustees :
- Refusing to communicate with each other; or simply do not get along and cannot administer the trust amicably or positively
- Disagreeing about disposing of an asset, including the sale of a home, or other possessions
- Differing opinions on how quickly to administer the trust
Our trust litigation attorney understands that not all disputes occur between co-trustees, and our objective is to provide the best representation available in any trust dispute scenario, including those between :
- Estate and trust creditors
If your trust is suffering from a dispute between parties, or several disputes that are seemingly insurmountable, contact our trust litigation lawyer today to understand how we can put a stop to the inner-fighting, and provide legal solutions that reflect the intentions of the trust creators.
How Can Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C. Help with My Trust Litigation?
If you have been named as a beneficiary of a trust, you expect your trustee to administer the terms competently and successfully. When the trustee is incompetent, dishonest, or simply refusing to act, our Los Angeles trust litigation attorney will represent you with an aggressive and strategic approach that will protect your best interests.
Our trust litigation expertise also extends to :
- Inheritance disputes
- Will contests
- Fiduciary litigation
- Financial elder abuse
We represent those who take an ardent position of a strict interpretation of trust language, as well as those who have different interpretations and wish to test the viability of language or intent of the trustor.
Disputes are not uncommon, and at the Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C., our exceptional trust litigation attorney will provide the best outcome available for your case, whether it occurs during negotiations and mediation or in a courtroom.
Our firm provides solutions to the issues that plague beneficiaries and trustees alike. We work for you so, let our firm get to work in getting the beneficiaries their rightful benefit, the trustees relief, and closure of the trust if necessary.
Contact Our Trust Litigation Attorneys in Los Angeles, California & San Fernando Valley now.
Your Trust Is an Important Part of Your Future. If You Are Concerned with Its Administration Contact our Trust Litigation Attorney at the Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C. Today for Help
Do not permit the administrators of that trust to continue to operate opaquely. Whether you are a trustee or beneficiary, your legal rights must be fully upheld, and our Los Angeles trust litigation attorney at Law Offices of Benjamin N. Sternberg, A.P.C. will provide the experienced representation you need to achieve success, beginning with a single phone call to our offices at (818) 574-0860. There is no time to waste in trust litigation matters. If your trust is being mishandled, we must stop the abuse immediately before irreparable damage occurs. Call us now to discuss your case and get started on your legal reprisal.