Trust & Estate Litigation and Dispute Resolution Law

MPBA’s experienced team of trust and estate litigators seeks cost-effective solutions to the unique challenges arising in this area.  Complex emotions and strained relationships can develop when a loved one dies or becomes incapacitated.  Navigating trust and estate disputes requires not only knowledge of the legal tools available, but also the judgment to use those tools efficiently to produce results.  We represent trustees, personal representatives, and other fiduciaries seeking guidance in the trust or estate administration process, as well as beneficiaries with concerns about how a trust or estate is being administered.  We have significant experience representing national banks, local trust companies, and other professional fiduciaries in a variety of matters.

MPBA attorneys frequently assist clients in the following areas:

  • Defending trustees, personal representatives, guardians, and attorneys-in-fact against breach of fiduciary duty and other claims;
  • Representing beneficiaries to protect their interests in estates and trusts, including will contests;
  • Guiding trustees and guardians on compliance with court reporting requirements, including for court-supervised special needs trusts;
  • Recovering assets lost through elder abuse and other forms of financial exploitation, including claims under the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act (VAPA);
  • Advising professional fiduciaries on regulatory issues and risk management strategies, including insurance coverage;
  • Appeals of cases brought under Washington’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA).