Probate Litigation Attorneys in Colorado Springs
Representing Clients in Legal Action Involving an Estate
Probate litigation can be complicated and oftentimes emotional; however, a probate attorney must understand the process when developing an estate plan. Probate litigation helps ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out as instructed in a will or other estate plan instrument and is the only legal process available if the deceased did not create a will or a trust. If you are facing a legal dispute involving a loved one’s estate, it’s essential to seek competent legal representation to help you overcome this challenge.
The probate litigation attorneys at Drexler Law understand that the probate process in Colorado can be difficult and time consuming, especially at a time when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Our experienced attorneys focus on providing each client with a unique level of legal representation that focuses on his or her specific needs and goals. No attorney can guarantee an outcome when it comes to litigation; however, our probate litigation lawyers in Colorado Springs are confident that an individualized focus on each client can help them achieve the best possible outcome.
When Does Probate Litigation Become Necessary?
Probate litigation results from uncertainty left by an incomplete estate plan and often involves legal conflicts between family members and other heirs of the deceased. Conflict can arise from heirs and interested parties, an executor’s conduct, or even legal claims brought by the decedent’s creditors. Those responsible for administering an estate, such as a personal representative, have unique fiduciary duties to those who stand to inherit or benefit from a personal estate.
Some of the most common legal disputes that occur during probate include the following:
- Will contests alleging someone was mistakenly or wrongfully left out of the will
- Will contests alleging a will wasn’t properly prepared, signed, or witnessed
- Will contests alleging fraud, coercion, or undue influence over the testator (the deceased)
- Disagreement about the value of a decedent’s estate
- Disagreement about the decedent’s guardianship preferences
- Allegations of executor misconduct, including mismanagement of the estate property, improper handling of the overall probate process, and suspicion of other breaches of the executor’s fiduciary duty
Informal probate proceedings are required when assets need to be transferred, yet little to no legal conflicts exist. However, conflicts can escalate if parties are not well advised, especially for those reasons above, not to mention any interpersonal tensions.
Whether you’re a person named in a decedent’s will or the executor of their estate, you should seek qualified legal representation to protect your interests in the probate process. Rest assured, our probate litigation attorneys in Colorado Springs at Drexler Law can provide the experience, dedicated support and proven services you need to protect your rights while overcoming any legal challenges or personal conflict in a time of grief.
We Can Assist with Guardianship & Conservatorship Disputes
In some cases, probate litigation may become necessary when a loved one is still alive but hasn’t planned for severe illness or injury causing incapacitation. Without advance medical directives or powers of attorney to determine the care for an incapacitated loved one during their life, the probate court may have to decide.
In these stressful situations, the probate litigation attorneys in Colorado Springs at Drexler Law can intervene on your behalf to request that you become your loved one’s legally appointed guardian or conservator. On the other hand, if you disagree with someone else’s attempt to assume this role, Drexler Law can help you challenge the legal appointments to protect your loved one. Drexler Law can help you make sense of this difficult legal situation and work toward achieving an outcome that protects your loved one.
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Drexler Law can provide the legal guidance and services you need for probate litigation. With decades of experience, rest assured that your legal probate matters are in the very capable hands of a team of professional advisors and dedicated advocates.
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