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Estate and Trust Litigation

Our Estate and Trust Litigation lawyers include Virginia Hammerle, Mark Mayer and Leslie Ballinger.

The mix of money and family is often explosive. Disputes can arise in the administration of a trust or a probate estate. That is especially common when there are substantial amounts of money involved or when family conflict is present.

Nor are disputes limited to family members – they can arise between beneficiaries, between a trustee (or other fiduciary) and beneficiaries, or from third parties.

Hammerle Finley Law Firms's trusts and estates attorneys have a long track record of resolving these types of disputes. We use informal means when possible to save our clients valuable time and money and, more importantly, enabling them to avoid unwanted attention. And when litigation does prove unavoidable, our experienced trust and estates litigation attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended their clients’ interests in court.

In trust and probate litigation, we represent both beneficiaries and fiduciaries, including high-net-worth individuals and their families, corporate trustees (such as banks), trustees, executors, administrators and other fiduciaries, and non-profit organizations.

Our trust and estate litigation attorneys combine decades of experience with an in-depth understanding of trust and estate law. The larger counties in Texas, such as Denton, Collin, Dallas and Tarrant, have statutory Probate courts that have unique procedures for trust and estate disputes. We have extensive experience in these courts, making us more efficient and responsive advocates. We also draw upon the breadth of substantive knowledge within Hammerle Finley Law Firm to advise on special aspects of a given dispute, including wills, trusts, intellectual property, criminal, real estate, corporate and family law.

Whether it is probate, civil court or appellate, our clients benefit from our decades of experience in handling trust and estate litigation matters, in and out of the courtroom.

Our experience includes litigating trust, guardianship and probate estate disputes involving will and trust contests, will and trust validity, elder abuse, beneficiary disputes, fraudulent transfers, creditor claims, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of loyalty, undue influence, theft, contested heirship proceedings, pretermitted and adopted heirs, capacity, contested powers of attorney, contested accountings, spousal right of election, partition actions, wrongful death recovery, family and estate management disputes and guardianships, among other issues.

We try to help our clients avoid disputes where possible, and where that is not possible we try to resolve disputes in an efficient and cost-effective way. Trust and estate litigation requires skilled and experienced counsel who understand the complex legal, financial, personal and emotional issues involved.

If you have or anticipate an estate or trust dispute, please contact us. We would be pleased to discuss how we can help resolve your dispute.


Hammerle Finley Law Firm has represented clients for more than 35 years inside and outside the courtroom. We provide effective, strategic, and cost-effective legal counsel so that our clients can focus on what matters most to them.

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