Wills, Trusts & Probate Litigation

Probate law is complex and requires a state-specific legal expertise. Add a dispute among family members or business partners over a will, trust, or an estate administration and the complexity is compounded by emotions, stress, and confusion over what to do next.

The Davis Brown Wills, Trusts, & Probate Litigation Department makes your complicated problem our problem. Attorneys counsel beneficiaries, trustees, executors, fiduciaries, and advisors on how to best navigate their unique and multifaceted situations to help resolve issues, often outside of a courtroom. 

Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probate Disputes

Davis Brown helps families, farmers, advisors, corporations, businesses, and individuals with:

  • Will contests
  • Trust contests
  • Post-death challenges of lifetime gifts
  • Breach of fiduciary duty or fiduciary misconduct (on the part of the executor and/or trustee)
  • Trustee or executor removal
  • Post-death insurance claims
  • Tax compliance and controversies
  • Valuation disputes
  • Real estate partitions

Attorneys also advocate for people in vulnerable situations - the elderly, children, and adults with special needs. Attorneys are available to assist with disputes over:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Principal and Income Act issues
  • Elder abuse

Business Planning Disputes

Family-owned businesses and others often form an LLC or company as a part of their estate plan. After death, there may be concerns or issues with the company terms. Davis Brown attorneys help executors, trustees and beneficiaries navigate those terms, and answer questions and resolve possible litigation.

Farmland can create a particular burden for estate planning, particularly when landowners with adult children marry again later in life. The Wills, Trusts & Probate Department can assist in creating documentation needed to ensure the land is passed on to the next generation as intended, allowing the family farm to stay intact. 

If those plans and safeguards are not in place at the time of death, and disputes about farmland inheritance come into play, the litigation team can help work through the complex puzzle to arrive at a solution and help preserve family relationships.

Next steps

If you need help with a dispute involving a will, trust, estate, or another related matter, please call Davis Brown Law Firm at 515.288.2500. Please note that although Davis Brown represents a broad range of clients, Davis Brown does not generally represent clients on contingency.