Los Angeles Trust Litigation Attorney

Guidance with Trust Litigation in Los Angeles, CA

While trust litigation frequently involves trustee misconduct, trustees may be working tirelessly to do the right thing, yet may face litigation despite their efforts to manage the trust honestly and responsibly. Whether you are a beneficiary or a trustee who has encountered a dispute, seeking quality legal representation is essential for ensuring that your rights are adequately protected.

Our Los Angeles trust litigation lawyer can assist you with:

The Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C. handles all types of trust lawsuits in the Los Angeles area, including such surrounding areas as Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Malibu. We would be happy to consult with you to see how we can assist you.

Why is Trust Litigation Necessary?

For the average person, he or she will administer a trust only once within their lifetime, meaning they are entering unchartered territory. When there is a significant amount of wealth at stake, it's not uncommon for disputes to end up in court. Being an executor or a trustee is not a small job, and probate avoidance and trust administration has become a highly specialized field which involves financial planning in order to minimize tax consequences and maximize financial gains; however, for many families who plan for passing down wealth from one generation to the next, the human aspect is often overlooked.

With wills and trusts, it is not uncommon for problems to arise when there are conflicting interpretations of the deceased person's wishes, or when assets are left to friends instead of family members, or when beneficiaries have conflicting opinions about what to do with certain assets or property. Trust litigation, a fast growing area of legal work, involves the various types of disputes that can arise in connection to a trust, whether the disputes are about the trustee's conduct, or about the beneficiary's interpretations of the trust document itself.

The Duties & Responsibilities of a Trustee

Trustees are obliged to administer trusts according to the terms set forth in the trust document as well as local laws governing trusts. They hold a fiduciary duty towards their beneficiaries, which is a legal relationship of confidence and trust between the two parties. In a fiduciary position, a trustee is expected to act and administer his duties in a loyal fashion to the trust beneficiaries. If there is more than one beneficiary, he is to act impartially towards all beneficiaries in his managing, investing, and distribution of trust property.

He should not have a conflict of interest nor should he profit from his position without the express knowledge and consent of the beneficiaries. Trustees may be held personally liable for problems arising with trusts, such as improper investments of trust monies, improper management or distribution of trust property or funds, lack of or improper accounting, or failure to file proper tax returns due on trusts. If you have encountered such a situation, we encourage you to seek help from a Los Angeles trust litigation attorney immediately.

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