Trust & Estate Litigation
Our dedication to understanding and serving financially successful and high net worth families is of particular value for our clients faced with fiduciary litigation, as these controversies may arise from family disputes and involve family partnerships and other family-owned business entities. Jackson Walker Wealth Planning attorneys regularly work with beneficiaries, executors, and trustees to help them understand their rights and duties in these roles to mitigate risk and avoid disputes. When disputes do arise, we work quickly and assiduously to resolve them before they escalate into costly litigation, by developing resolution or settlement strategies or negotiating early settlements.
Unfortunately, litigation cannot always be avoided. Fiduciary disputes and litigation are particularly complex, requiring the skills of experienced trial attorneys as well as detailed knowledge of probate, trust, guardianship, and tax law. Jackson Walker’s seasoned fiduciary litigators work closely with our Wealth Planning attorneys to reduce legal, monetary, and reputational risk while controlling costs and keeping the client’s long-term financial and family objectives in mind.
Our fiduciary litigators represent estate representatives, trustees, guardians, and beneficiaries in both contested and uncontested trust and estate matters. We have counseled both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, bench trials, injunction proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate matters across a broad range of estate and trust disputes, many involving sophisticated and complex issues. Our deep and broad expertise in these matters means we manage them efficiently and effectively for our clients.