When a family member passes away, it’s a hard time for everyone who knows and loves them. It can make it difficult to deal with the legal side of things, specifically executing their will and the potential of a trust having been left. A trust dispute, for instance, is a particularly difficult piece to deal with.
If a trust is in place and you dispute how the trust has been set up or the distribution of your loved one’s assets, we can help.
This guide will give you the information you need to help settle the trust dispute in the right way. Moreover, you can make sure the result is what your family member wants.
What a trust dispute is
Death is not something you will hopefully face regularly. Accordingly, that means you won’t know all the legal jargon surrounding the leaving of an estate through a will. To begin with, you need to know exactly what a trust is.
A trust is when the testator leaves some of their estates to a trustee. In turn, the trustee ensures that it then goes over to a third party. Known as ‘the benefactor’, they take charge at the appropriate time. This is often the case when money or assets go to someone under the age of 18; in essence, safeguarding their inheritance.
What are the grounds to start a trust dispute?
There are many reasons why a trust could be up for dispute. These include:
- Administration or running of the trust;
- The value of the assets;
- The interpretation of the trust, and;
- Difficult trustees or feuding beneficiaries.
The above are the most common problems you will encounter but are not the only ones. Being aware of the issues particular to your circumstances that could arise from the start help. In short, it will hopefully mean you can see potential problems further up the road and take evasive action.
How do you resolve a trust dispute?
The most effective way to resolve issues is to
- seek out legal advice and;
- should it come to it, representation from legal professionals who specialise in inheritance law.
Trust dispute solicitors are experts in the field and can help you with the process of handling a trust dispute.
It is important that you get professional legal support. You need to make sure that the assets left behind by the testator distribute fairly and to the right people.
With money clouding the matter, some people only have their own interests at heart. That’s true even in the aftermath of a death, and this can lead to dispute. Trust disputes can be confusing and distressing, so the best thing you can do is to act quickly. In short, you need to ensure you are doing right by your family member’s wishes.
How we can help
At The Inheritance Experts, we work with specialist law firms who are experts in helping people to resolve trust disputes. This means they are also competent enough to help you and ensure you receive fair treatment on the terms of a trust.
If you believe you have grounds to dispute a trust your loved one put in place and want to know if you have a realistic claim, do not hesitate to get in touch with The Inheritance Experts via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8763.