Probate Litigation Protecting Legacies And Clients' Rights

Our law firm helps heirs guide an estate through probate court. Probate and estate administration is an exacting process of gathering all the estate's assets, determining all liabilities (including taxes), paying the bills and distributing the assets according to a will or according to state law when there is no will. We also advise and represent clients in will contests and other disputes that may lead to probate litigation.

Terry Jessop & Bitner handles a full range of probate litigation and related matters, such as disputes over the terms of a will or trust, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, disputes over the validity of a will, and conflicts among friends and family members when there is no will.

Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims

A claim of breach of fiduciary duty may come about when beneficiaries question the integrity or performance of a trustee. Are you responsible for the administration of a trust? Our Utah law firm can help you prevent or resolve legal challenges as you carry out your duties.

When A Will Contest Disrupts The Estate Administration Process

You may be an estate's executor, charged with fulfilling the provisions of the state — or you may be a beneficiary. In either case, you may need to bring or defend against a will contest when any party contends that:

  • The will was not correctly finalized.
  • There is more than one version of a will, and there is good reason to question the validity of the most recent one.
  • The decedent lacked capacity — because of drugs, dementia or coercion — to understand what he or she was agreeing to when the most recent will was drafted and signed.

Many contested wills and breach of fiduciary duty claims can be resolved in the early stages, saving both sides the expense of a courtroom battle. Whenever possible, we direct our clients accordingly. We always keep them fully aware of the potential gains, losses and risks of their legal options.

Get Timely Guidance For Resolving Estate Disputes

At an upsetting and difficult time after the death of a loved one or business partner, the reliable counsel of experienced, knowledgeable probate lawyers is vital.Our Salt Lake City attorneys evaluate cases and advise clients on the best way forward depending on individual goals. We then represent them vigorously in pursuit of a satisfactory outcome.

We invite you to discuss your concerns with one of our experienced probate lawyers. Contact our law offices to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience. You may call 385-715-4116 during business hours to speak with one of our team members.