Representing clients in legal disputes arising from contested trusts and wills

When a loved one passes away, emotions often run high. This can be particularly true when there are significant assets that are to be distributed among various family members. In some cases, distant family members with little contact in other scenarios may become embroiled in a dispute over shares of an inheritance or over specific family heirlooms in which they have a sentimental interest. Even normally close familial relations such as siblings or close cousins may disagree over the administration of an estate or whether they are receiving their rightful share of a decedent’s assets.

The law1 governing contested wills, trusts, and probate litigation can be very complicated and varies from state to state. As a result, it is important for people involved in these disputes to retain an attorney who has experience practicing in this area of law.

With over 100 years of combined experience, the attorneys of the Dickson Frohlich can help you ensure that your legal rights are protected and that your case is resolved as favorably as possible.


Handling all matters related to contested wills, trusts, & probate litigation

When a person passes away, their estate can be distributed in a variety of ways. If an individual did not have a valid will, the state laws governing intestate succession control how and to whom the property is distributed. On the other hand, if a person did have a will, the will would go through a process known as “probate” in which a court would determine the validity of the will and distribute the assets accordingly. The probate process also gives interested parties the opportunity to raise any objections to the terms of the will or challenge the validity of the will itself. Finally, the existence of a trust allows individuals to avoid the probate process by creating a legal relationship between a trustee who holds the assets of the trust for the benefit of one or several beneficiaries.

In this last scenario, legal disputes can arise between any party with an interest in the trust assets, including beneficiaries, trustees, and creditors.

There are many types of disputes that can arise in the context of wills and trusts. We are equipped to represent individuals with disputes related to any aspect of estate administration, including the following:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Beneficiary disputes
  • Claims of undue influence
  • Lack of capacity
  • Trust validity
  • Claims made by adopted heirs
  • Estate management disputes
  • Contested heirs
  • Fraud
  • Executor mismanagement

Contact the Dickson Frohlich today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation

The outcome of a will, trust contest or probate litigation can have a significant impact on your financial situation and your relationship with members of your immediate or extended family. Consequently, anyone involved in this type of dispute in the Seattle or Tacoma area should retain an attorney with a track record of success in contested trust, will, or probate litigation.



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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Attorney George Knight

    George Knight

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    Attorney Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Attorney Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Attorney Alex J. Britain

    Alex J. Britain

    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

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    Attorney Katherine E. Baals

    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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