Long Beach Lawyer For Effective Trust Litigation
Experienced Long Beach Civil Litigation Lawyer
The Law Office of Henry B. LaTorraca provides skilled legal representation to beneficiaries, trustees and affected third parties in complex trust and probate litigation matters, including but not limited to, will contests and trust contests. Backed by 40 years of legal experience and an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, attorney LaTorraca is highly respected throughout Long Beach and Southern California for his track record of results.
What Is Trust Litigation?
While trust litigation can take on many forms, some of the most common disputes the law firm handles in this area include:
Breach of fiduciary duty: In trust litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty, a trustee is accused of violating a standard of care and service required by his or her role as trustee. These claims may vary and can include: a trustee misappropriating estate assets for personal use, managing assets and finances recklessly or inappropriately, making decisions that are not in the best interests of the trust due to conflicts of interest.
Other types of trustee-beneficiaries disputes: All beneficiaries have a right to the timely distribution of assets and information regarding trust assets and expenses. When a trustee does not comply with these legitimate requests, legal action may be appropriate. On the other hand, oftentimes beneficiaries can be unrealistic in their expectations of a trustee and may bring an unfounded legal action. Attorney LaTorraca is prepared to represent clients on either side of the equation.
Issues involving undue influence: In trust disputes involving undue influence, one family member may accuse another of using manipulation, deceit or force to prompt the testator to change his or her trust, usually to the benefit of the accused. Sometimes these claims are valid but other times a bitter family rivalry has resulted in a false allegation.
Other forms of disputes between co-trustees: There may be a variety of claims made with regard to the validity of a trust beyond undue influence. These may include lack of capacity or fraud. The Law Office of Henry B. LaTorraca represents heirs, beneficiaries and family members in the emotionally charged legal issues.