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.

TO SCHEDULE A FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF OUR TRUST ACCOUNTING LITIGATION ATTORNEYS, CALL THE DICKSON LAW GROUP TODAY AT 206-621-1110 OR 253-572-1000.

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.

1 https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=11.106&full=true

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