Estate Litigation and Will Contest Attorney

North Carolina Estate Litigation Attorney

We help families deal with the difficult issues that arise when disputes develop over a loved one’s estate planning efforts, especially as reflected in wills and trusts. Our knowledge of trust and estate law, complemented by our experience in civil litigation, enables us to prosecute or defend, and ultimately resolve, contentious disputes. Without sacrificing zealous advocacy for our clients, we also attempt to reach these resolutions in a manner that preserves, to the extent possible, the family, marital, and community bonds that often are threatened in contested estate matters.

Our attorneys have experience representing families, heirs, executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries in estate and trust litigation.  Our goals are to ensure that our clients receive all of the assets to which they are entitled, while simultaneously removing the burden from families, getting them out of court as quickly as possible, and preserving estate assets. We have extensive experience handling cases involving the following types of estate disputes:

  • Cases involving the unintended consequences of right of survivorship designation on bank accounts
  • Matters involving the abuse of a power of attorney by a fiduciary
  • Probate litigation to dispute the validity of wills on the basis of incapacity of the testator, undue influence over the testator, duress, improper execution of the will, and fraud.
  • Trust litigation to challenge or defend the construction of a trust or the actions of a trustee.
  • Will construction proceedings on behalf of fiduciaries or beneficiaries to clarify ambiguity in a will.
  • Fiduciary litigation to challenge the actions of an executor or trustee in managing the financial affairs of the estate or trust.
  • Accounting proceedings to challenge or defend the management of an estate or trust.
  • Fiduciary removal proceedings to remove a trustee, executor, or guardian because of misconduct or incompetence.
  • Elective share proceedings
  • Proceedings to question or establish the inheritance rights of more distant relatives.
  • Claims proceedings to establish who has a claim on assets of an estate (such as business partners or creditors).

We regularly represent individuals in estate disputes in all counties in North Carolina. To contact a Raleigh estate litigation attorney, call (919) 348-9211 or send an email to

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