The death or illness of a loved one can be a difficult time for any family. The stress associated with handling the estate of a deceased individual can be greatly reduced by consulting with an attorney early on to develop and implement a comprehensive estate plan. Moreover, if disputes among family members and others do arise after the death of a loved one, it is crucial to retain an attorney to assist you with navigating the complex legal and factual issues often involved in estate litigation, and to ensure that the true wishes of the deceased are enforced.
The attorneys at Weisberg & Weisberg in Newport News and Norfolk, VA are prepared to assist you with just about any issue involving estate planning and litigation. Please click on the links below to learn more about the services offered:
Many people are uncomfortable with thinking about and planning for what will happen to their hard-earned assets and property when they pass away. This is completely understandable. Nevertheless, one of the greatest gifts that you can give your family is the peace of mind that comes from having a well-developed estate plan that addresses many of the common issues faced by families when a loved one passes away or becomes ill.
The passing or serious illness of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time and preparing a comprehensive estate plan before tragedy strikes can go a long way towards relieving the burdens faced by families without an estate plan, thus freeing up family members to focus on what is truly important - coming together and supporting one another.
Weisberg & Weisberg offers a wide range of estate planning services, including the following:
- Wills and Trusts
- Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney
- Estate Planning For Disabled Children And Adults - Special Needs Trusts
- Business Succession Planning
Wills, Trusts & Estate Litigation
Regardless of whether there is a comprehensive written estate plan in place or not, the sad reality is that the death of a family member often gives rise to contentious disputes over how the estate of the deceased should be handled. Estranged family members, persons claiming to be close friends of the deceased, former spouses, and others often attempt to lay claim to the assets and property of the deceased, sometimes in direct contradiction to the terms of a written will. Other times, a family member may have a valid belief that the deceased was improperly influenced while in a state of weakness and convinced to prepare a will or trust that does not accurately reflect his or her wishes.
In such cases, it is crucial to retain an attorney who is an experienced and aggressive litigator and who knows the laws and rules relating to trust and probate law. Whether you are an executor, administrator, potential heir, trustee, trust beneficiary, or other person entitled to rights in connection with the estate of a deceased person, the law firm of Weisberg & Weisberg offers aggressive and thorough representation in connection with a wide variety of wills, trusts, and estates disputes.
Some common issues with which our firm can assist include:
- Will contests arising from issues such as execution errors, ambiguities, and allegations of undue influence, fraud, or duress.
- Disputes regarding the handling of the assets of family businesses upon the death of owners or shareholders.
- Disputes involving former spouses and children of former spouses who claim an interest in the estate of the deceased.
- Claims that an estate has been improperly administered or distributed by an executor or administrator.
- Allegations that a trustee has failed to comply with the fiduciary duties and other standards of conduct applicable to the management of trust assets.
- Issues involving valuations, appraisals, and accountings of the assets of an estate.
If you believe that the estate of a deceased person is not being handled correctly, contact Weisberg & Weisberg in Newport News or Norfolk today to discuss the wide variety of options available in pursuing and enforcing your rights and the wishes of the deceased with respect to a will, trust, or estate.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOREGOING IS OFFERED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE, NOR SHOULD IT BE INTERPRETED AS CONSTITUTING, LEGAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY TO DISCUSS YOUR UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES AND TO ESTABLISH AN APPROPRIATE STRATEGY FOR ADDRESSING DISPUTES INVOLVING WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES.