K&L Gates’ probate, trust, and fiduciary duty litigation practice is composed of a dedicated and diverse group of lawyers with subject matter knowledge in all aspects of complex litigation. The firm represents a wide range of clients, including individual and corporate fiduciaries, public and private charities and foundations, trustees, guardians, conservators, businesses, and institutions, and appears for clients in all state, federal, tax, and appeals courts. The firm manages domestic and international litigation and assesses and resolves disputes on a local and global basis.
K&L Gates regularly represents corporate and individual clients in a broad array of disputed matters, including estate tax and administration issues, income tax disputes, probate and trust administration conflicts, closely held business disputes, and disputes arising from all types of fiduciary relationships. Lawyers prosecute and defend challenges to wills and trusts, and frequently handle litigation necessary to reform or clarify trust instruments as well as work on matters involving guardianships, conservatorships, and contests involving the validity of cohabitation and antenuptial agreements.
The firm’s nationally renowned trusts and estates lawyers partner their substantive knowledge with the outstanding courtroom talents of their probate litigation colleagues, achieving longstanding and significant success in resolving disputes for our clients. Careful case assessment and precisely defined litigation plans allow for the optimization of case outcomes.
Business and family relationships and productivity are adversely affected by the stress of litigation. As a result, our lawyers attempt to work not only on the litigation, but also on value-added settlements.