Bastrop County Probate & Trust Litigation Lawyer
The settling of a deceased person’s final affairs can be a complex and emotionally difficult experience. During this process, also known as probating the estate, bitter disputes can arise between family members, trustees, beneficiaries, and other parties—and in some cases, the disputing parties may need to go to probate court to settle the matter.
In these situations, the Texas estate and trust litigation attorneys at Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP can help. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex and high-profile property disputes, securing the outcome our clients deserve.
Why Choose Us
- Our Bastrop County estate litigation attorneys have earned numerous awards and distinctions, including a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
- Our firm is built to win high-stakes property disputes. We have successfully handled trust and estate litigation involving individual beneficiaries and multi-million dollar financial institutions.
- Our attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of clients over the past decade. We have the experience necessary to advocate for your best interests and negotiate for your desired outcome.
Common Types of Probate Legal Matters
During the probate process, the family members of the deceased divide their loved one’s property and determine how to pay for his or her final debts. The executor, or personal representative of the deceased’s estate, must divide the estate based on the terms of the deceased’s will. If the deceased did not leave behind a will, the state will divide the inheritance by Texas’s intestacy laws.
However, many disputes can arise during this process. Common examples of probate litigation include the following.
- Will contests and will distribution claims
- Conservatorship and guardianship disputes
- Executor fee claims
- Retirement and life insurance claims
- Personal representative appointments
- Beneficiary and heir disputes
- Surviving spouse and family allowance
- Executor misconduct
- Estate accounting
Texas probate laws can be complex and often vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. If you encounter an issue while probating the estate, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
What is Trust Litigation?
The attorneys at Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP also handle trust disputes. A trust is a financial relationship between a settlor, beneficiary, and trustee. The settlor grants the trustee the legal right to hold title to property for the benefit of the beneficiary. However, many disputes may arise regarding the terms and administration of the trust.
In these situations, a lawsuit can help resolve the dispute. Our firm handles trust litigation involving multiple issues, including the following.
- Administration-related disputes
- Trustee misconduct
- Trust distributions and accounting
- Disagreements over the terms of the trust
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Violations of Texas trust laws
- Removing or replacing a trustee
- The involvement of undue influence in creating the trust
- Lack of legal capacity on behalf of the settlor to create a trust
- Confusing, unclear, or contradictory language in the trust agreement
Trust issues can be complex and difficult to handle alone. However, you can resolve the issue through negotiation with the help of an attorney. You can also file a trust lawsuit to resolve the dispute.
Contact Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP Today
If you need help with a trust or probate matter in Bastrop County, the attorneys at Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP can help. Our attorneys have helped hundreds of clients seek their desired outcomes through trial and negotiations, and we will not bring to escalate your case to probate court if necessary.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Bastrop County probate and trust litigation attorney. During your consultation, your lawyer will explain your legal options and help you plan your next steps.