When Disputes Arise In Estate Administration
Most estates go through the administration or probate process without a hitch. The will is clearly valid and without dispute, the administrator appears to handle everything appropriately and ethically, and all the right people are named beneficiaries. However, there are plenty of times when the probate process looks nothing like this. Either there are problems with the will, the administrator is acting suspiciously or there are disputes among the potential beneficiaries. When this happens, regardless of what role you have in the process, it is important to bring in a lawyer you trust to protect your interests and help you get the results you need. At the Detroit, Michigan, law firm of Mark T. Butler, P.C., you will find a lawyer who can help you. He has more than 30 years of legal experience and knowledge resolving estate disputes, and he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating, for his professionalism and ethics. Detroit clients trust the firm with their estate disputes and estate planning needs.
Representing Administrators And Beneficiaries In Estate Disputes
For administrators, there are unique challenges and risks involved in the process. Beneficiaries are held to a standard of fiduciary care. They need to go through each step of the process with care and attention to detail, and they need to make accurate accountings of every penny in the estate. If they fail, they could face legal sanctions or lawsuits. Attorney Mark T. Butler represents administrators through the process to help them avoid problems. He also provides strong litigation and dispute resolution services for administrators facing lawsuits. For beneficiaries, it is important to know the legal system and processes involved. Some beneficiaries miss out on their inheritances simply because they don’t know their rights and options when there are clerical errors or unethical dealings on the part of the administrators. Mark T. Butler represents disgruntled potential beneficiaries to help make sure they get the inheritances they deserve. The firm handles estate administration issues involving lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence and other will contests, as well as breach of fiduciary duty claims.
One of the most effective ways of avoiding disputes in probate is by creating a will that leaves no confusion as to intent and names a trustworthy administrator. In addition to his work in probate litigation, attorney Butler also helps clients create comprehensive, effective estate plans.
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*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.