Estate Litigation Attorney

The estate and probate litigation attorneys at Longman & Van Grack have decades of experience in assisting clients with complex litigation related to estate matters in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Each estate litigation attorney at our Firm understands that probate disputes can be emotionally and financially difficult. Our probate litigation attorneys work to resolve these types of disputes as efficiently as possible.

When an individual dies, they usually leave behind assets and liabilities. They also usually leave behind loved ones. The deceased may or may not have an estate plan including a will, trust, or other documents. Even when someone dies with a well-formulated estate plan, there can still be a probate dispute, which leads to estate litigation. All it takes is one interested party to feel as though he or she has been wronged to initiate a dispute. Each probate and estate litigation attorney at Longman & Van Grack is well-versed in handling all types of estate litigation matters in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, and our probate litigation attorneys represent both beneficiaries and executors.

Bethesda MD Estate Litigation Attorney

What is an interested party?
An interested party is any individual that has standing to challenge the estate. A number of different people can qualify as an interested party. Usually, an interested party is a potential heir to the estate. An heir at law is any individual who is entitled to receive an inheritance from the decedent if there is no will or trust. Other interested parties include beneficiaries provided-for in a will, even if they are ?strangers? or distant family members. Any one of these individuals could cause a dispute to arise that results in a disputed estate. Most of the time, when the estate is submitted to probate, interested parties must be notified. This gives them an opportunity to challenge the estate if they so desire. It is important to note that statute determines who is and is not an interested party.

Types of Estate Litigation
Interested parties can challenge an estate for a variety of reasons. If an interested party wants the probate court to determine that a will or trust is invalid they have the right to challenge it. This challenge is called a contest. A will or trust contest can be based on an assortment of factors. The challenger could say that the testator (maker of the will) lacked mental capacity. They can also assert that the will was executed under undue influence on the testator. A will or trust can also be contested based on fraud or malfeasance. In addition, a challenge can be based on the fact that the execution of the will or trust did not comply with state regulations.

Interested parties can also challenge a will or trust based upon the actions of the personal representative or trustee. If an individual believes that the personal representative (executor) or trustee involved acted in bad faith or committed malfeasance or fraud, there may be a valid claim. Interested parties can also contest a will or trust based on the appraisal and distribution of assets.

How can an attorney help?
In the event of a contested will or trust or any other type of estate litigation, it is crucial to be represented by an experienced probate litigation attorney. These estate litigation matters are usually complex and require the knowledge and skill only a litigation attorney with knowledge of trusts and estates can offer. Longman & Van Grack’s attorneys have the experience and skills to help in these situations. If you are involved in a dispute relating to an estate, call one of our estate litigation attorneys Longman & Van Grack at (301) 291-5027 for a consultation at our Maryland, Virginia, or DC Offices today

Relevant News Stories

Firm News

With Offices in Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD, the attorneys at Longman & Van Grack assist clients throughout Washington, DC and Maryland including Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George?s County, Chevy Chase, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton. Hiring an attorney is an important decision which should not be based solely on advertising. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.
With Offices in Maryland (Rockville or Bethesda), Virginia (Tysons Corner), and Washington, DC, the attorneys at Longman & Van Grack assist clients throughout Washington, DC and Maryland including Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, Chevy Chase, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton. Hiring an attorney is an important decision which should not be based solely on advertising. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.