Wills Contests and Other Probate Litigation Services from Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Defending or Contesting a Will

Probate and Will Contests photo 01.After an individual’s death, litigation regarding the decedent’s estate can arise in a variety of contexts. A family member might feel that the decedent’s Last Will and Testament is different from what the decedent had intended to do with his or her estate. The family member might believe that the total amount of the decedent’s estate is much smaller than it should be, and is concerned that the estate was improperly depleted, either prior to or following the decedent’s death. Perhaps you are considering instituting estate litigation, or you are the executor or beneficiary of an estate and are facing being sued by a “disappointed heir.”

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli can present a strong defense during a New Jersey will contest, or can challenge the validity of a will if you believe there are reasons to doubt its reliability or legality.

If you’re frustrated with the way an estate is being handled, or wish to defend against a challenge, our office can supply the dedicated and vigorous advocacy required to bring your case to success. To schedule a consultation simply call us at 908-232-7400.

Mismanagement of an Estate

Probate litigation may take many forms. During probate, the will or estate plan may be challenged. Perhaps a fiduciary is mismanaging his or her responsibilities. Challenges are often based on negligence, self-dealing or fraud.

Other issues we have experience working on include:

  • Actions against estate fiduciaries
  • Claims of abuse of a power of attorney
  • Estate accounting challenges
  • Trust reformation and litigation
  • Joint account lawsuits

After a loved one’s death, conflicts may develop among family members or other beneficiaries regarding the decedent’s will or estate plan. Conflicts may also arise over the way an estate or trust is being handled by the representative (executor, administrator or trustee). Litigation may be required to address a number of other probate issues, such as the reformation of a will or a trust. Whether you are being challenged or wish to bring a challenge, it is important to have the right advocate to represent your interests.

Contact The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Today!

As an experienced elder law attorney with a proven track record of dedicated and compassionate client service, NJ Super Lawyer, Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. can help you with issues related to:

  • Will creation: A document containing detailed instructions regarding the distribution of assets
  • Durable power of attorney: A document granting to another person the ability to make financial decisions on your behalf
  • Living will: A document appointing another person to make specific medical decisions on your behalf, to take effect in the event that you are unable to make or communicate those decisions in the future
  • Trusts: A document in which a trustee is given the legal responsibility to manage and distribute property for your benefit or the benefit of a loved one who is the beneficiary of the trust. Trusts are used to ensure money is available for retirement or to care for a disabled loved one.

Submit the form on this page or call 908-232-7400 today for prompt legal assistance.

New Jersey Elder Law and Estate Planning Lawyer, Donald D. Vanarelli.

Award-Winning New Jersey Wills and Probate Litigation Lawyer Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Mr. Vanarelli is a recipient of the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section. The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Elder and Disability Law Section’s highest honor, is bestowed on an attorney with an established history of distinguished service who has made significant contributions in the field of elder and disability law throughout his or her career.

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