Dingeman Dancer

Probate Litigation

Probate disputes are unfortunately not rare. We find that these matters affect families of all sizes, types, and income levels. Our attorneys understand the laws that apply to probate disputes, as well as the family dynamics that often come into play.


Although we’ve litigated numerous disputes in probate court, we are also experienced in preserving familial relationships where that is the goal of our clients through alternative approaches.  By using the tools of alternative dispute resolution, we have been able to resolve many conflicts outside of the court room. Nevertheless, when it is necessary, we will aggressively advocate in court. Here are some examples of the types of cases we handle:

  • Will and trust contests
  • Power of Attorney disputes
  • Transfer of property disputes involving a mentally-deficient person or related to an estate or trust
  • Disputes over who should serve as personal representative of an estate or trustee
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims of all types
  • Cases involving the interpretation of an estate-planning document
  • Cases involving modifying or reforming an estate-planning document
  • Cases seeking the removal of a fiduciary for improper administration
  • Assisting fiduciaries in obtaining approval of an accounting
  • Assisting a beneficiary in challenging a fiduciary’s accounting
  • Assisting a beneficiary in obtaining more information from the personal representative of the estate or trustee
  • Assisting a personal representative of the estate or trustee in resolving issues with problematic beneficiaries
  • Cases involving improper investment decisions or inaction by the personal representative of the estate or trustee
  • Creditor claims against an estate or trust
  • Investigating family issues relating to wills, trusts, guardianships or conservatorships
  • Obtaining guardianship and/or conservatorship for a loved one who needs protection from themselves or others
  • Obtaining guardianship and/or conservatorship for a minor

Daniel J. Dingeman
W. Dane Carey
Benjamin W. Bryant