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Trust Litigation

There are situations where beneficiaries or other interested individuals can challenge a trust or specific terms of a trust, can challenge the qualifications or actions of a trustee(s), can seek clarification regarding potential ambiguities in a trust, and/or can seek modifications of trust provisions. These examples, among others, warrant the practice of trust litigation.

Trust litigation is a complex area of the law. A trustee is responsible for the administration of the trust, as well as upholding numerous fiduciary duties that the law and/or trust impose on the individual or corporate entity serving as trustee. Litigation can arise when the trustee fails to put the interests of the beneficiaries above everything else, excluding the adherence to the trustee’s duties under the law. As a result, beneficiaries can allege malfeasance on the part of the trustee for various reasons, such as mismanagement of trust assets, illegal disposal of trust assets, failure to account, and diversion of trust assets to the trustee.

Additionally, personal representatives and trustees may find themselves, as interested persons, named as a defendant to a lawsuit involving an estate or trust. Such lawsuits may seek to rescind the will or trust, remove the personal representative or trustee, or recover assets from the personal representative or trustee, personally, for alleged wrongdoing. In such cases, a personal representative or trustee should retain an experienced and highly-trained probate and trust litigation attorney for representation. While the fiduciary often has statutory entitlement to pay their attorney from the assets in the estate or trust, there are specific requirements that must be complied with in order to properly use the assets for attorney’s fees.

Here at Chepenik Trushin LLP, we pride ourselves on being an experienced team of legal professionals catering to clients in need of probate and trust litigation services. We assertively represent clients in Miami, South Florida, and across the nation in order to protect their rights and beneficial interests. Our firm represents clients in litigation involving:

  • Will contests
  • Probate litigation
  • Trust litigation
  • Alleged malfeasance by executors, trustees, and administrators
  • Financial abuse of the elderly
  • Fraud

Our team of attorneys and paralegals are committed to achieving our clients' goals and protecting their rights. The founders of Chepenik Trushin LLP, collectively, have more than 30 years of experience in probate, trust, and litigation matters. Bradley H. Trushin’s experience has led to him being asked to author a chapter in the 2015 edition of Strategies for Trusts and Estates in Florida, part of the Inside the Mind series.

Our firm understands the many aspects of probate and trust litigation. We have extensive experience in business disputes and financial matters involving complex transactions and can apply this experience in the investigation of probate and trust administration and litigation matters. We also have the ability to organize our research and present a story in probate court that is clear, compelling, and persuasive. We will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf.

Client Reviews
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Just want to start off by saying the team assembled at CHEPENIK/TRUSHIN is by far amazing. Their dedication and the amount of time they put into working on my file is by far the best service I have ever received. And the cherry on top is their ability to communicate with me and their entire team is seamless. Peter C is also a wealth of knowledge that can guide you in the right direction and place you in the competence of BART and BRAD. This is a firm I highly recommend. Ali M, business owner, Miami, FL 2018
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The team at Chepenik Trushin LLP are experienced, professional and dedicated in handling all Probate, Guardianship and Estate legal matters. I have referred them numerous clients over the years; all of which have been truly appreciative of their firm's excellence in representation. Jesse S., Esq.
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I highly recommend this law firm for your estate planning and probate litigation needs. Passionate and dedicate attorneys who are committed to going above and beyond to help their clients. Tiffany C Gonzalez, CPA
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He (Honorable Magistrate Judge Kimler, Miami Dade Probate and Guardianship court) taught me well. After my experience with my client and your law firm as my legal counsel, the standing joke at Dade County courthouse is that I know the Marchman Act almost as well as the judge who wrote it. Ms. Bambi Williams, GCM
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So very impressed with Bradley Trushin, Partner at Chepenik Trushin LLP. I had the privilege of attending his presentation on Probate, Guardianship & Elder Abuse. Brad presented today to 45 trust bankers and probate realtors. Brad is a top notch Litigator with a keen attention to detail. Maji Ramos, RE Broker
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