Estate & Will Disputes
When a loved one dies or becomes incapacitated, it can be an incredibly difficult time for family and friends. These situations are made even more challenging when disputes arise over a will, a trust, or the actions of someone in a position of power. At the Ross & Voytas Law Firm, LLC, we are experienced in handling estate and will disputes. We guide clients through the process of negotiating and litigating these sensitive matters, providing the highest quality representation at a reasonable price.
A fiduciary is a person who holds property, assets or power for the benefit of another person. This could be any number of people, including a family member, a lawyer, accountant or financial advisor. In some situations, a fiduciary may not act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, which can lead to litigation. We represent fiduciaries who have been wrongfully accused of inappropriate conduct, as well as beneficiaries who believe that a fiduciary has acted improperly. In many cases, we are able to help clients resolve these disputes without litigation. However, when necessary, we zealously seek to represent our clients to help protect their financial interests or their integrity.
Will or Trust Disputes
As the principal attorney at the Ross & Voytas Law Firm, LLC, we represent clients whenever there is a dispute over the terms of a will or a trust. After the death of a loved one, family members may react in a highly emotional way, leading to disagreements about the estate. Wills and trusts are subject to different interpretations and may be challenged in court. When possible, we will attempt to achieve a peaceful resolution of disputes involving wills or trusts. However, if litigation is necessary, we represent our clients’ interests in court, through challenging a will or trust to enforce a beneficiary’s right or defending a provision of a will. Throughout the process, we provide an objective evaluation of my clients’ case to ensure they have the necessary information to determine how to best proceed with the case.
Guardian or Conservatorship Disputes
Guardianships and conservatorships are legal designations that can protect a person who is incapacitated or disabled. A guardian or conservator is appointed by a court through a legal process to make decisions about a person’s medical care (guardian) or to make financial decisions (conservator). Disputes can arise over the need for a guardian or conservator, the proper person to be appointed to each role, or over how the guardian or conservator discharges his or her duties. we represent interested parties in guardianship and conservatorship disputes, helping my clients protect their loved one’s well-being and financial health. Additionally, we represent individuals who object to the appointment of a guardian or conservator and can assist them through the complex and lengthy process.
Elder Financial Abuse
Older Americans are uniquely vulnerable to abuse, including financial exploitation. This type of abuse can happen in a number of ways, including through the misuse of authority granted to a person through a power of attorney. we assist clients in St. Louis County, Missouri who believe that their financial well-being is being threatened by the actions of another person, whether that person is a caretaker or holds a financial power of attorney. We will challenge powers of attorney as necessary and investigate claims of financial abuse to help ensure that you or your loved one is protected from harm.