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Disputes arising during probate or estate administration

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Estate Planning

Navigating the death of a loved one can be challenging; however, coping with their loss may not be the only difficult task you experience. The probate process can bring about complexities and conflicts, resulting in another emotional process to navigate.

Whether you were named as the administrator or are a potential beneficiary, the probate process is likely foreign to you. While the concept of the process is relatively simple, in action, the process can get rather complex and intricate. Thus, it is important to understand how best to navigate this process, your rights and what steps you should take to ensure legal rights and interests are protected.

Disputes and probate

At Lange, Quill & Powers, PLC, we know firsthand the complexities the probate process can bring about. Thus, our attorneys bring their years of experience to the matter, helping our clients navigate a process they are likely unfamiliar and inexperienced with.

Ideally, if the probate process is necessary, it will begin and end without issues. Unfortunately, issues related to mistakes, errors and disputes could arise. Thus, it is important to have a legal team that not only understands these issues and disputes, but also knows how to reach a favorable and timely resolution.

Estate administration and resolutions

Issues arising during the probate or estate administration process are not always related to the contents of the estate plan or an argument raised by a potential beneficiary. They could be related to your specific conduct as the administrator of the estate. Because you are held to a fiduciary standard, you could face criminal or civil penalties in the event of an administrative or accounting error.

Additionally, if there are any claims of impropriety or a mishandling of the estate, this could lead to disputes as well as lawsuits. Thus, it is important to understand how best to avoid these matters, and if they do arise, how best to resolve them.

Disputes involved in the probate or estate administration process can be complex and difficult to work through. Thus, it is important you are aware of your legal rights and options so you can reach a resolution before it evolves into a major legal issue. A legal professional can help you better understand your situation, helping you take the proper steps to address the matter.