Arnold & Clifford LLP, is a Columbus, Ohio, law firm that also serves the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton areas. We focus on trial practice for both individuals and corporate clients, in both state and federal courts, including trust disputes.
More and more Ohio families are choosing to plan their estates with trusts. Trusts offer many advantages over wills and can help families avoid the supervision, delay and costs associated with probate of a will. Unfortunately, the increasing popularity of trusts accompanies an increased number of disputes.
At the law firm of Arnold & Clifford LLP, our trust dispute lawyers have decades of combined experience representing beneficiaries, trustees and successor trustees. Whether you are seeking to resolve a dispute through negotiation or you need to protect your rights in probate court, we invite you to contact the trust dispute attorneys at our firm.
Whatever The Dispute, We Can Help
There are many different kinds of trusts. Husbands and wives often create living trusts for their own benefit while they are living and then for the benefit of their children after they pass on. Families may set up different kinds of trusts for specific purposes, such as paying for the college education of a grandchild or supporting a charity.
The following are examples of trusts disputes that may arise:
- Disputes between successor trustees and beneficiaries
- Failure of a trustee to distribute funds on a timely basis
- Mismanagement of trust funds
- Self-dealing by trustee
- Theft of assets by a trustee
- Failure to keep beneficiaries informed of trust activities or accounting
- Breach of fiduciary duty by a trustee
Our lawyers also handle issues of interpreting and determining the validity of a trust. Trusts drafted by inexperienced practitioners may contain ambiguities and errors.
Attorneys practicing in trust disputes include: