Trust & Estates Litigation

Trust and estate disputes are uniquely complex and demand professionals who are both skilled at understanding the complicated family dynamics that are often involved and experienced in the variety of legal tools that are available for resolving such disputes.

The depth and breadth of experience of the Trust & Estate Disputes and Litigation team at Lasher are exceptional. The group includes seasoned litigators, skilled mediators, and attorneys who are highly accomplished in utilizing Washington’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA), which is very often involved in dealing with trust and estate disputes. Every case is unique and therefore each case is evaluated to determine what legal tool – or combination of tools – is most appropriate for the case at hand. We are prepared and able to use a variety of creative and effective approaches to resolve trust and estate disputes, and are able and prepared to employ everything from informal negotiation and problem-solving techniques to full-scale discovery and litigation.

Trust and estate disputes typically involve a variety of different parties, including trustees, executors and other fiduciaries (both professional and nonprofessional); the estate or trust itself; adult and minor beneficiaries; court-appointed guardians and special representatives; and financial companies. Members of Lasher’s Trust & Estate Disputes and Litigation group have successfully represented many different parties involved in a variety of types of trust and estate disputes. Here are just a few examples of the cases that members of our team have successfully handled in the recent past:

  • Served as court-appointed guardian ad litem for three minor beneficiaries involved in a dispute about the distribution of a trust their grandmother had established before her death; matter successfully resolved in mediation.
  • Represented a beneficiary of a trust who sought to have a trustee appointed when all of the named trustees were either unwilling or unable to serve; client’s selected trustee was appointed by the court.
  • Represented a surviving spouse whose husband died in a tragic accident after which other family members claimed an interest to a trust the husband’s mother had established for him; case successfully concluded in mediation.

Whether your situation involves a will contest, an alleged breach of fiduciary duty, a desired or necessary change to an irrevocable trust, or some other trust or estate issue, our Trust & Estate Disputes and Litigation team would be glad to talk with you and assess the situation. We welcome your inquiries