Probate Litigation And Disputes Among Heirs
Even while a person is alive, there may be rumors, rivalries and resentments stirring among those who stand to inherit and those who stand to lose out. After the person has died and the will is made public, these simmering disputes often come to a boil.
The experienced trial lawyers of Voelkl Law PC, PC, have represented beneficiaries, excluded heirs and executors in will contests and related probate litigation, and we are often called in to settle family conflicts outside of probate court.
If you are challenging the distribution of an estate, defending your inheritance, or simply want reassurance that your rights and interests are being honored, contact our Buffalo law office to arrange a consultation. We practice in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and surrounding counties of Western New York, and we welcome out-of-state residents who have a vested interest in a New York probate dispute.
Buffalo Will Contest Lawyers
Our veteran lawyer, Jeffrey Voelkl, has more than 65 years of combined experience in estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. From drafting thousands of wills, settling thousands of estates and litigating hundreds of probate conflicts, they know how to get to the heart of disputes and sort out the meritorious claims from the flimsy ones.
We have litigated will contests and related disputes involving:
- Undue influence or fraud
- Mental capacity of the deceased
- Execution and witnessing of the will
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Valuation of assets
- Missing and misappropriated assets
We aim to resolve disputes among family members and avoid an expensive, divisive courtroom battle. However, if you believe you were wrongly disinherited or cheated in the distribution of assets, we are equipped to investigate and prepared to assert your interests in court.
What sets us apart is our decades of knowledge and experience, and our willingness to invest the time and resources. One client had been embroiled for four years in a probate dispute that contended she should refund $130,000 to the estate. We not only resolved the dispute within six months, but turned the tables, resulting in the estate paying her an additional $80,000.