Seattle and Tacoma Abused Will and Trust Beneficiary Attorneys

Standing up for beneficiaries in court

When most people think of abuse in estate planning situations, they think of financial abuse or manipulation against a will-maker or elderly adult. However, many situations occur in which the beneficiaries of a will or trust may suffer financial abuse.

At the Dickson Frohlich, we understand how a beneficiary of a will or trust can feel helpless in such situations and we are committed to standing up for your rights in court.

IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS REGARDING A TRUST OR WILL, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL ONE OF OUR OFFICES AT (206) 621-1110 OR (253) 572-1000 FOR A FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION TODAY.

How does beneficiary abuse occur?

When you are the beneficiary of a will or a trust, you are reliant on certain individuals to distribute your rightful property as directed by the will-maker or trust settlor. Such individuals are referred to as “fiduciaries1,” and may include the following:

  • Trustees
  • Conservators
  • Executors

Fiduciaries have a strict legal duty to act with the utmost of care when handling the money of another and when conducting their duties. Fiduciaries also have a duty of loyalty to any relevant beneficiaries. If a fiduciary fails to meet these high standards of care and loyalty, any affected beneficiaries should be able to recover losses they suffered as a result.

Some instances of beneficiary abuse occur because a fiduciary deliberately ignores his duties to distribute assets or property or mismanages the funds of which he is put in charge. However, not all beneficiary abuse is purposeful.

There any many situations in which an executor of a will or a trustee does not fully understand the legal duties and obligations of their position. Many people may agree to take on these important positions and not realize the full impact of their responsibilities.

Even if the actions or omissions are unintentional, beneficiaries who suffer as a result still deserve to recover for their financial losses.

Call the Dickson Frohlich for a free 15-minute consultation today

The experienced estate planning attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich understand your rights as beneficiaries and know how to stand up for you in court.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE SUFFERED BENEFICIARY ABUSE, CALL OUR OFFICES SEATTLE OR TACOMA NOW AT (206) 621-1110 OR (253) 572-1000 FOR HELP.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiduciary

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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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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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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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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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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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As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Rebecca is active in the firm’s business law department. She can help with entity formation, intellectual property, as well as any necessary litigation involving your business’s needs

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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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Alexander 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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George Knight

George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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Reed Speir

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Reed Speir has lived in the Tacoma area since 1994. Reed earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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