Spearheaded by experienced litigator Adrienne McEntee, TMLG’s Probate and Trust Litigation Team represents individuals in a variety of trust and estate disputes, including actions to invalidate wills or trusts, actions by or against personal representatives or trustees, and disputes regarding the financial abuse of elders or other vulnerable adults.

In Washington, the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (known as “TEDRA”) provides a framework for the efficient resolution of disputes involving probate administration and trust management, through mediation, arbitration, express agreement, and if necessary, trial. Under TEDRA, our attorneys have successfully represented a spectrum of clients, including beneficiaries of wills and trusts, surviving spouses, and vulnerable adults.

The primary issues that arise in probate and trust litigation include:

Actions to Invalidate Trust or Will Documents:

  • Contesting or Defending the Terms of a Will
  • Contesting or Defending the Terms of a Trust
  • Contesting a Beneficiary’s Ability to Inherit Under a Will or Trust Because of Allegations of Financial Elder Abuse
  • Contesting or Defending a Beneficiary’s Ability to Inherit Under a Will or Trust Because of Allegations of Undue Influence
  • Contesting or Defending a Beneficiary’s Ability to Inherit Under a Will or Trust Because of Lack of Capacity to Make the Will or Trust
  • Contesting or Defending a Beneficiary’s Ability to Inherit Under a Will or Trust Because of Allegations of Fraud

Actions Against Personal Representatives or Trustees:

  • Compelling Personal Representatives or Trustees to Account for Funds
  • Alleging Breach of Fiduciary Claims Against Personal Representatives or Trustees
  • Petitioning for the Removal of Personal Representatives or Trustees

Actions to Invalidate Lifetime Gifts:

  • Contesting or Defending a Lifetime Gift Because of Allegations of Financial Elder Abuse
  • Contesting or Defending a Lifetime Gift Because of Allegations of Undue Influence
  • Contesting or Defending a Lifetime Gift Because of Lack of Capacity to Make the Gift
  • Contesting or Defending a Lifetime Gift Because of Allegations of Fraud

Learn more about TEDRA in Adrienne’s Q and A.

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