Experienced Florida Firm Litigates Probate Disputes
Dedicated lawyer represents clients in the Palm Beach Gardens area during inheritance conflicts
At Lawrence Duffy, P.A., our attorney advocates on behalf of clients in the Palm Beach Gardens area and throughout Florida who want to ensure that property and wealth are handled in accordance with the desires and instructions of the deceased. If you suspect that a will is fraudulent or invalid, or that an estate is being mismanaged, you have a right to seek remedy in court. Similarly, estate administrators are entitled to defend themselves against accusations of incompetence or unlawful conduct. Our firm represents beneficiaries and executors in estate litigation, seeking favorable resolutions to disputes.
Informed Florida attorney guides clients through will challenges
There are several bases for challenging a will. Whether you are alleging misconduct or accused of it, it is important to understand the legal reasons a will may be challenged:
- Lack of capacity — This ground alleges that the person who signed the will (the "testator"), was not of sound mind at the time the will was created.
- Undue influence — A will might be invalid if a person with access to and power over the testator used emotional manipulation to gain special consideration in the will.
- Fraud — This ground alleges that the person who signed the will was deceived about the contents of the document at the time it was drawn up.
- Void for vagueness — This ground asserts that the terms of the will are open to conflicting interpretations, and it is impossible to know which interpretation is correct. A challenger can seek to prevent all or part of the will from being implemented.
Many probate disputes stem from suspicions that a particular individual took advantage of the deceased and was included in the will to the detriment of the rightful heirs. While the court looks harshly on elder exploitation, all challenges must be supported by reliable evidence. Proving these cases requires diligent and dogged investigation. Lawyer Larry Duffy zealously pursues the evidence needed to prove your case in a will contest.
Accomplished counselor helps with claims of executor misconduct
Executors have a fiduciary duty to manage the assets of an estate according to the wishes of the decedent, for the benefit of the beneficiaries. The fiduciary must act in total accordance with the terms of the will so that assets are not lost due to waste, fraud, misallocation or mismanagement. Beneficiaries may challenge alleged misconduct and demand a full account of a fiduciary’s actions. At Lawrence Duffy, P.A., our attorney has experience on both sides of probate controversies.
Contact an established Florida probate litigation firm
Probate conflicts can be damaging if they are not managed by experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel. At Lawrence Duffy, P.A., our attorney provides capable representation for beneficiaries and fiduciaries throughout Florida. Call 561-467-6042 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Palm Beach Gardens office.