The loss of a loved one is difficult enough on its own. Your grief shouldn't be compounded by worries about your loved one's trust or estate.
Unfortunately, many families find themselves questioning whether the person who was put in charge of a late loved one's assets is handling them appropriately. Disputes may arise between the personal representative of an estate or the trustee of a trust and some of the beneficiaries. When all parties are family members, as is often the case, much more than money is at stake. Relationships can be damaged, or even lost.
Protecting the rights of beneficiaries without causing further harm to relationships is challenging, but it is a challenge that can be met successfully with the right help and guidance. Suzanne R. Fanning PLLC has worked with many families in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the surrounding area to resolve probate disputes.
Probate disputes can arise in a number of ways. Sometimes, a personal representative who is unfamiliar with the probate process fails to complete tasks or keep the rest of the family updated, leading to frustration, suspicion, and resentment. Unfortunately, it may also be the case that a fiduciary (someone who is in charge of managing assets for someone else's benefit) mishandles assets. Whether this mismanagement of an estate or trust is intentional or due to carelessness, it must be addressed.
If you believe your deceased loved one's estate or trust is not being administered properly, you should consult with an experienced Michigan probate litigation attorney to discuss your options. At Suzanne R. Fanning PLLC, we will listen to your concerns, explain the law, and act as your advocate. Our job is to make sure that the trustee of a trust or personal representative of an estate is acting in the best interest of all beneficiaries.
If necessary, we can take action in court to compel a fiduciary to fulfill their obligations, such as keeping beneficiaries informed and making distributions when appropriate. If a fiduciary is deliberately misappropriating assets or engaging in other serious misconduct, we can take steps to have them removed from their position of trust.
Although we are committed to protecting the financial interests of our clients, we never lose sight of the bigger picture, and strive to handle every case with both the sensitivity and strong advocacy our clients deserve.
Attorney Suzanne R. Fanning has many years of experience representing Michigan clients in probate litigation. Colleagues refer clients to her because she is a formidable litigator; clients refer friends to her because of her compassion and advocacy.
Suzanne R. Fanning PLLC is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with ample free parking near the office. The firm is only minutes away from the Washtenaw County Courthouse. Suzanne R. Fanning PLLC regularly works with clients in Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe, Livingston, Genesee and Lenawee Counties and throughout Michigan, as well as clients outside Michigan who need the services of a local attorney.