Seattle and Tacoma Trust Accounting Litigation Attorneys

Representing parties involved in trust accounting disputes

Individuals who act as the trustee have a fiduciary relationship with the beneficiaries of that trust. Fiduciaries have unrestricted access to the assets of a trust, and are therefore expected to act with an extremely high degree of care and honesty in administering that trust. In addition, fiduciaries are expected to always act in the best interests of the beneficiary and also with utmost loyalty.

When these duties are breached, beneficiaries may be able to bring a legal action against the trustee for breach of fiduciary duty.

Often, these breaches come to light after a trust accounting. Washington law1 requires that trustees keep all persons with a present or contingent interest in the trust reasonably informed by providing a periodic accounting. These accountings provide detailed information about the receipts, disbursements, transactions, trustee’s compensation to the parties entitled to receive them.

Anyone who believes that a trustee has breached his or her fiduciary duties should discuss their options with an experienced trust accounting litigation attorney as soon as possible.


Breach of fiduciary duty can take many forms

While some breaches of a fiduciary duty by a trustee may be obvious, others may not.  Some examples of the type of trustee conduct that may give rise to a legal cause of action include the following:

  • Misappropriating trust assets
  • Failing to pay valid claims made by creditors
  • Using trust assets for personal gain
  • Improper accounting practices
  • Failing to honor the terms of the trust agreement
  • Failing to make prudent investments
  • Failing to conduct regular accounting

Of course, there are many other ways a trustee could breach his or her fiduciary duty. An experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and determine whether you have the right to sue.

Contact a Seattle and Tacoma trust accounting litigation firm today

Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping Washington State clients with trust and estate matters. CALL OUR OFFICE NOW AT 206-621-1110 OR 253-572-1000 TO SCHEDULE A FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION.


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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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    Chris 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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    Daniel 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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    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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