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Experienced Florida Attorneys Litigate Probate Disputes

Dedicated lawyers represent clients in the Palm Beach area during inheritance conflicts

The attorneys at O'Connell & Crispin Ackal, PLLC advocate on behalf of Florida clients who want to ensure that property and wealth are handled in accordance with the desires and instructions of the deceased. If you suspect that a will is fraudulent or invalid, or that an estate is being mismanaged, you have a right to seek remedy in court. Similarly, estate administrators are entitled to defend themselves against accusations of incompetence or unlawful conduct. We represent beneficiaries and executors in estate litigation, seeking favorable resolutions to disputes.

Informed Florida attorneys guide clients through will challenges

There are several bases for challenging a will. Whether you are alleging misconduct or accused of it, it is important to understand the legal reasons a will may be challenged:

  • Lack of capacity — This ground alleges that the person who signed the will (the “testator”), was not of sound mind at the time the will was created.
  • Undue influence — A will might be invalid if a person with access to and power over the testator used emotional manipulation to gain special consideration in the will.
  • Fraud — This ground alleges that the person who signed the will was deceived about the contents of the document at the time it was drawn up.
  • Void for vagueness — This ground asserts that the terms of the will are open to conflicting interpretations, and it is impossible to know which interpretation is correct. A challenger can seek to prevent all or part of the will from being implemented.

Many probate disputes stem from suspicions that a particular individual took advantage of the deceased and was included in the will to the detriment of the rightful heirs. While the court looks harshly on elder exploitation, all challenges must be supported by reliable evidence. The lawyers at O'Connell & Crispin Ackal, PLLC will represent your interests in a will contest.

Accomplished counselors help with claims of executor misconduct

Executors have a fiduciary duty to manage the assets of an estate according to the wishes of the decedent, for the benefit of the beneficiaries. The fiduciary must act in total accordance with the terms of the will so that assets are not lost due to waste, fraud, misallocation or mismanagement. Beneficiaries may challenge alleged misconduct and demand a full account of a fiduciary’s actions. The attorneys at O'Connell & Crispin Ackal, PLLC have experience on both sides of probate controversies.

Contact an established Florida probate litigation firm

Probate conflicts can be damaging if they are not managed by experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel. O'Connell & Crispin Ackal, PLLC in Palm Beach provides capable representation for beneficiaries and fiduciaries. Call 561-802-7536 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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  • Palm Beach Office
    420 Royal Palm Way
    Suite 300
    Palm Beach, Florida 33480
    Phone: 561-355-0403
    Fax: 561-355-5133
  • Palm Beach Gardens Office
    2701 PGA Boulevard
    Suite C
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
    Phone: 561-355-0403
    Fax: 561-355-5133