Shartsis Friese’s Trust and Estate Litigation Practice is comprised of seasoned litigators with deep experience in an array of trust, estate, and probate disputes, including trust administration disputes, will and trust contests, breach of trust and fiduciary duty actions, creditor’s claims, and elder abuse actions. Drawing on their formidable knowledge of the substantive law and the unique procedures involved, Shartsis Friese’s trust and estate litigators represent professional and non-professional fiduciaries (including trustees, executors, administrators, and conservators), will and trust beneficiaries, and interested third parties in all phases of litigation. Though Shartsis Friese’s trust and estate litigators welcome the opportunity to represent clients in trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, they also provide robust pre-litigation representation, including advising clients how to decrease the risk of litigation and/or helping clients achieve favorable settlements of disputes before a lawsuit is filed.
Shartsis Friese’s trust and estate litigators boast an impressive track record. Though adept at representing clients in connection with smaller estates, Shartsis Friese has represented clients in connection with estates worth hundreds of millions or billions of dollars and has served as lead counsel in some of the largest charitable trust litigations in United States history.
Trust and estate litigation often raises issues beyond the litigation itself. Trust and estate litigation clients benefit from the expertise of Shartsis Friese’s Family Wealth Planning, Real Estate, Tax, and Corporate departments, among others. The Firm’s diverse practice areas allows trust and estate litigation clients to enjoy a broad representation capable of addressing the variety of issues that arise in trust and estate disputes.