Litigation: Trusts, Wills, Estate Planning and Guardianships
At BaskinFleece, our firm's primary focus is on litigation – contested estate, trust and guardianship matters in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas County and throughout the state of Florida. While we do have lawyers that engage in the important tasks of estate planning, wills and estate and trust administration, the vast majority of our cases involve contested wills, estate, trust and guardianship matters. That is what we do, and we do it well.
We have handled a multitude of litigation and contested cases involving wills and trusts based on undue influence, lack of capacity, improper execution and even insane delusions. We have successfully defended fiduciaries who have been sued for breaching their fiduciary duties, and we have also successfully prosecuted cases against fiduciaries that have breached their duties of loyalty and impartiality to beneficiaries. As well, we have sued fiduciaries for failing to account for the estate or trust assets.We have represented beneficiaries, spouses, children, charities, creditors and anyone else who has had an interest in an estate or trust and found they needed legal representation in litigation matters.
Not only do we have an intimate knowledge of probate and trust law, but we have the courtroom experience to effectively advocate for our clients’ positions in probate and trust litigation. We have handled cases all over the state of Florida and even out of state. We know how to focus our pre-trial discovery to develop the facts that are needed to win. We know how to weave those facts with the law to tell a convincing story at trial to the judge or jury.
We also understand the stress most clients endure when they are involved in litigation. While we like to try cases, sometimes an early resolution through mediation and settlement is preferred by the client or is in the client’s best interests. Our clients' needs and desires are paramount in any probate, trust or guardianship litigation that we handle.
Florida Probate Litigators
Many lawyers tout themselves as “probate litigators,” but few have the experience and depth of knowledge possessed by the attorneys at BaskinFleece in Clearwater.