Surrogate’s Court Litigation
Wills, trusts and other estate planning instruments should clearly demonstrate the intent of the deceased. In certain cases, beneficiaries may allege that an estate planning document is unclear, the result of undue influence or even fraudulent. In other cases, beneficiaries may claim the executor or trustee is breaching his or her fiduciary duties in some capacity. When there are disputes as to the intent of a will, trust or other document, estate litigation may be necessary.
Graubard Miller represents numerous clients in a broad range of litigation in New York Surrogate’s Court. Attorney Elaine Reich is our firm’s trusts and estate coordinator. Ms. Reich has practiced law for more than 30 years and has been a partner at our firm for more than 25 years. She has been appointed on numerous instances to serve New York’s Surrogate Courts as guardian at-litem and New York’s Supreme Court as Court Evaluator and Court Examiner.
If proceedings are required to interpret the terms of a will or trust, to defend a claim, pursue any action or seek allowance of accounts, our law firm represents executors or trustees in connection with such proceedings. Our firm also has substantial expertise in representing beneficiaries in connection with claims against fiduciaries and has done so in a number of high profile matters. In every claim, our clients can depend on our firm for skilled, strategic counsel in litigation and other proceedings.