After a loved one passes away, there is sorrow and pain, there is the dealing with the funeral, the burial, the memorial, and more. Often the surviving family will bond through this process, and when it comes time figure out what to do with the estate, everyone bends over backwards to be fair to the next one. For these families, an unfortunate situation has been used to achieve good.
But not all families are so fortunate. Sometimes, after a loved one dies, disputes arise concerning the distribution of the their property, or the executor or trustee fails to properly fulfill his or her duties (a breach of fiduciary duty). In these circumstances, the Estate Litigation Practice of Akiva Shapiro Law can assist executors, trustees, heirs, and beneficiaries in and out of court.
In both types of cases, Akiva Shapiro takes the time to get to know you and your family and your family dynamic. He examines the governing will or trust document in painstaking detail, analyzing it for your rights and your responsibilities. Oftentimes, there are rights you have that you didn't know about - based on case law - which may not be evident in the document. Other times, the way a document expresses things may be ambiguous or have a different meaning than the plain language would seem to imply.
Akiva Shapiro works with you to advise you of the best course of action for your situation. If you want to settle, he strives to reach a negotiated settlement—which can be a speedy and cost-effective resolution that helps keep families together. If, on the other hand, the other parties are unwilling to negotiate, or if negotiation is unsuccessful, the Estate Litigation Practice of Akiva Shapiro Law will pursue your cause of action in court, relentlessly if you so desire, to the fullest extent of the law.