Trust Litigation Representation In Southern California
People engaged in estate planning are turning more frequently to the use of a trust instrument in addition to or in place of a will. A trust is a document where a person or entity (the trustee) manages the property of another (the trustor). Trust instruments can be created while the trustor is alive (an irrevocable or living trust) or to substitute for a will (a revocable trust) to provide for the distribution of assets upon death.
Like a will, the validity of a trust may be contested. Additionally, the trustee appointed to oversee the trust is sometimes sued for improper accounting and trust mismanagement. Whatever the point of conflict, you should consult with a lawyer early in the case for best results.
An Established Attorney Ready To Act As Your Dedicated Advocate
The Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Vanderveen in Vista and Mission Viejo has three decades of experience advising and representing clients with trust litigation matters. I am prepared to listen to your concerns, educate you on the key legal issues relevant to your case, gather evidence, analyze your claim or lawsuit in light of laws and court decisions, and prepare compelling arguments in support of your position.
We handle all types of trust litigation matters for parties on either side of a claim or lawsuit (plaintiffs and defendants), including:
- Trust contests alleging lack of capacity, undue influence, fraud, duress or coercion
- Breach of trustee duties (such as mismanagement and/or misappropriation of assets)
- Trust administration issues
- Representation of trustees
- Trust accounting issues
- Beneficiary claims
Your case may be resolvable through settlement negotiations, in mediation or in a courtroom before a judge and jury. Every step of the way, I will let you know the most cost-effective courses of action to help you make the right decisions.