Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

We have extensive experience handling many types of trust and estate litigation, including will contests, will and trust construction cases, defense and prosecution of fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty, accounting actions, and defense and prosecution of claims by and against estates.

Read our New Series: What to Expect When the Will is Unexpected to learn more about our process in handling estate and trust disputes.

Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Matters:

  • Accountings
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Claims involving testamentary capacity
  • Claims involving decedent’s intent
  • Contested guardianships and elder care concerns
  • Conservatorships
  • Estate and trust administration disputes
  • Fraudulent conveyances
  • Private settlement agreements
  • Trust modification and reformation
  • Undue influence claims
  • Will contests

Throughout the years, Fiduciary, Trust and Probate Litigation has always been integral practice area at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell (SSSB).  Our trial attorneys provide their knowledge and expertise to both corporate and individual fiduciaries who are involved with will and trust contests, accounting actions and litigation related to understanding an estate plan document or identifying the beneficiary. We also represent clients in reformation suits, charitable and exempt organization litigation, and beneficiary rights in all trust and estate matters. 

A unique facet of our firm’s history is our extensive tax background, which allows us to counsel clients on ways to make the most tax efficient decisions when navigating the complexities of probate litigation.  Because of the depth of legal talent and tax experience, our trial strategy frequently involves coordination and consultation with our tax attorneys who offer expert counsel to achieve the best possible income or transfer tax result for clients. 

Our litigation team is comprised of trial attorneys who zealously advocate for their clients and are prepared to offer intelligent and timely representation. Clients depend on our attorneys to resolve conflicts by communicating effectively with the parties involved and by crafting solutions that are designed to help to save relationships between family members in conflict.  Our professionals also recognize, even in the most contested matters, that there are times when it is appropriate to pivot towards consensus, collaboration and cooperation and clients can count on our attorneys to be committed to achieving the best resolution for their unique circumstances. 

Contact Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

If you would like to discuss fiduciary, trust or probate litigation with an attorney at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, you can schedule an initial consultation by email at or by calling 216-696-4200.


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