The death of a loved one is a difficult time and can become even harder when family members learn that a trust includes unexpected distributions. The attorneys at Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde have extensive experience representing beneficiaries who need to challenge a trust and trustees who must defend against a trust challenge.
Representing parties on both sides of these challenges has given CKLH a unique perspective that allows the attorneys to advise clients of the big picture of trust litigation. Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde analyzes each matter to provide an individual strategic plan to ensure that the testator’s true intent is followed, and trust assets are preserved.
Unfortunately, some people exploit the estate planning process by exerting undue influence on sick and elderly trustees to force them to make gifts that would not otherwise have been made. Other times, it is revealed that a person with power of attorney took trust assets for themselves instead of preserving the estate for the beneficiaries.
In those instances, the testator’s heirs can file a Petition in the Probate court to challenge a will and trust. A Judge can change the person who holds power of attorney and can remove a trustee if there is undue influence. A trustee who has improperly engaged in self-dealing can also be required to pay double damages to the trust for a loss incurred to the trust assets.
The attorneys at Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde have the experience to effectively resolve these trust challenges.
To speak with an experienced attorney in Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde’s trust litigation practice, please call
(714) 997-7870, or click here to contact CKLH by email.
Our Attorney, Julie did beautifully on our Trust matter. It is a relief to know that our Attorney is available if help even after our matter was complete.
My attorney Dana was professional yet tough when she needed to be. I was extremely satisfied with the results of my case.
Ms. Lopiccolo listened to me and asked clarifying questions. She and her staff were
were professional as well as personable, and they put us at ease when dealing with our complicated situation. We were very pleased with our experience.
Dana Heyde’s strategic approach to enforcing my rights as a trust beneficiary led to a successful resolution of my matter. Dana Heyde made it possible for me to obtain my inheritance. It was an emotionally stressful process, but Dana’s kind, informative and thoughtful approach set my mind at ease along the way.
Dana Heyde listened to my concerns and worked with me to achieve my goals. Dana Heyde has solid knowledge of Estate and Trust issues and I am very pleased with the quality of work performed on my behalf. Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP is an honest, ethical, and respected law firm dedicated to serving the community.