Estate Litigation

Hartmann Doherty represents clients in all forms of trusts and estates litigation, including will contests, accounting proceedings, actions against fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty and removal, and guardianship proceedings.  To get the best results for our clients, HDRBB’s team of experienced trial lawyers works closely with the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Elder Law attorneys to handle the often complicated and contentious trusts and estates issues that arise in these cases. Trusts and estates disputes often affect family-owned businesses, especially as they transition from one generation to the next.  Our litigators, who also are experienced in complex business litigation, are well-positioned to handle these dual-track cases, which require both business law and trusts and estates expertise.  HDRBB’s Trusts & Estates Group offers clients estate planning and administration services, and business succession planning counsel, with a sensitivity to the potential for litigation that can arise if planning is not done correctly.  Our recent cases include successfully removing the trustee of a $10 million dollar trust for breach of fiduciary duties in New York Surrogate’s Court, and representing at trial the beneficiary of a high net worth family trust in one of the longest inter vivos trust trials in New Jersey Superior Court.