Illinois Probate and Trust Litigation

Illinois Contested Probate and Trust Proceedings

Probate and Trust litigation is a specialized area of law, making it essential to work with a law firm that regularly handles the issues that arise in will and trust litigation. Effective litigation of these issues requires a thorough knowledge of probate procedure and law, litigation rules and practices, and other Illinois law areas.

The Law Office of Richard J Arendt has the skill and expertise to construct well-crafted estate planning documents to mitigate litigation risk. Our firm handles contested probate and trust disputes from the inception of the probate process to the distribution of assets to heirs and beneficiaries.

  • Contested Probate
  • Proceedings Involving Invalidation of Will
  • Undue Influence
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Fraud
  • Codicil Contest

The probate and trust administration process provides an orderly method of transferring an individual’s financial legacy to loved ones. Improper conduct by interested parties, the decedent’s incapacity, or faulty document preparation can make it necessary to engage in litigation.

Litigation Involving a Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Contested Estate Matters

We recognize that disputed probate and trust issues can tear families apart and create permanent animosity between surviving loved ones. Mr. Arendt has the experience necessary to diffuse conflict when appropriate and to tenaciously protect his client’s rights when forceful and effective litigation is the best strategy.

Our law firm can also investigate to uncover improper conduct that jeopardizes the value of a family’s financial legacy when a trustee or executor violates their fiduciary duties.

Litigation against an Executor or Trustee

  • Claims Against Executors and Trustees
  • Actions to Remove the Trustee/Executor
  • Compelling a Trustee/Executor to Account
  • Obtaining Will or Trust Information
  • Prohibited Transferee Care Custodians
  • Step to Surcharge Trustee/Executor
  • Lack of Capacity

Representation in the Full Scope of Trust Challenges

Mr. Arendt endeavors to diffuse conflict and negotiate such claims where this is an appropriate outcome. Mr. Arendt has extensive experience with problems that arise in the context of contested proceedings involving trust and probate matters, including but not limited to the following:

  • Trust Amendment Contest
  • Trust Contest
  • Proceedings Involving Invalidation of Trust Documents
  • Termination (Modification) of Trust Documents
  • Disposition of Trust Property upon Termination
  • Modification/Termination of Trust Based on Consent of Beneficiaries
  • Modification/Termination Based on Changed Circumstances

Richard J. Arendt has extensive experience in estate planning and litigation of contested wills and trusts. He is uniquely qualified to fight for the inheritance of heirs and beneficiaries.

Richard J. Arendt protects his clients’ interests through innovative litigation strategies and persuasive advocacy. We offer a no-obligation free consultation so that we can evaluate your situation and answer your questions. Call us today at (312) 642-9606 to schedule your initial consultation.

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