Secure Your Legacy, Protect Your Family
Zealous Representation for Administrators and Beneficiaries
The attorneys at Quinn, Racusin & Gazzola Chartered counsel clients in the creation and administration of trusts and estates with the goal in mind of avoiding disputes. However, sometimes disputes become unavoidable. When a trust or estate situation goes awry, QRG attorneys are here for you.
QRG represents trustees and beneficiaries of trusts and estates operating under the laws of Virginia, Maryland, or D.C. If you are a local client seeking advice as to a trust operating under the laws of another jurisdiction, you should seek counsel from a lawyer licensed in that jurisdiction.
Services & Questions related to Trusts
Coming Out Ahead in Trust and Estates Disputes
Trust and estates disputes often manifest out of family disputes. For instance, certain family members might say the trust was changed in a way that adversely affected their interests. They will insist the change was due to pressure placed on the trust creator (typically called a settlor or grantor) to benefit the wrongdoer. In another common scenario, the family will agree that a trust or will was validly created or amended, but the instrument is subject to different interpretations with two sides favoring adverse interpretations.
Like so many of life’s encounters, there are winners and losers in any trust or estate contest, and enlisting the right law firm can help you come out ahead.
Help with Bad Trustees
If your trustee wrongfully refused to make a distribution to you, or take some other action, due to incompetence, laziness, or wrongdoing, you may have legal recourse as a beneficiary.
- Incompetence or incapacity: Mental incapacities, dementia, or other health problems can prevent the trustee from executing the duties of the role. QRG attorneys can help the beneficiaries replace a trustee who cannot do the job.
- Laziness: Some people are just not motivated to manage a trust, especially if doing so does not directly benefit them. Too often, the negligent trustee already received the use of their part of the trust property and do not care what happens to the assets now. QRG attorneys can seek a court order forcing the trustee to act, or can ask a judge to remove them from the job if they continue to neglect their responsibilities.
- Wrongdoing: Driven by financial problems, greed, or selfishness, trustees may help themselves to trust assets. When this happens, beneficiaries must act fast to preserve the trust’s value. In some cases, the trustee may be personally liable for their wrongdoing, but that will not matter if the trustee is insolvent. The best defense against a bad actor trustee is a good offense — stop or reverse the wrongful transfer of assets immediately.
Protecting Good Trustees
Sometimes, through no fault of the trustee, assets are wasted, revenue is not collected, or investment portfolios lose value. For these reasons and many others, trustees are often accused of improper behavior. QRG attorneys are here to defend you and your reputation from attack.