Although Berry Moorman’s estate and succession planning services seek to minimize litigation risks, there are many circumstances in which disputes may arise after death concerning the intentions and wishes of the deceased or estate.  Berry Moorman’s estate and trust litigation attorneys actively represent clients in all Michigan circuit and probate courts in matters involving:

  • Will and trust contests, including claims of duress, undue influence, and forgery in the creation, amendment, or revocation of wills and trusts,
  • Contested accounting and surcharge proceedings,
  • Prosecution or defense of claims against an estate or trust,
  • Disputes between beneficiaries,
  • Reformation, modification, or termination of a trust,
  • Disputed guardian and conservatorship proceedings,
  • Constructive trusts and other equitable remedies,
  • Determinations of incompetency and incapacity,
  • Interpretation of will and trust documents,
  • Disputes involving charitable gifts and bequests,
  • Life insurance disputes,
  • Estate tax disputes,
  • Elder financial abuse claims,
  • Disputes involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations in an estate or trust context, and
  • Estate, probate, and trust appeals.

Our Michigan estate and trust litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing heirs and beneficiaries, trustees and successor trustees, fiduciaries, family members, and other interested parties in cases involving judicial removal of personal representatives, trustees, and other fiduciaries arising from claims such as:


  • Fraud, misappropriation and self-dealing
  • Financial mismanagement/asset waste
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Excessive compensation

If you are currently involved or anticipate becoming involved in a dispute over a will or trust, please feel free to contact one of our Ann Arbor, Birmingham, and Detroit estate and trust litigation attorneys.

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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Estate Planning.

Our Estate and Trust Litigation attorneys

Donald F. Carney, Jr.

Tel: (248) 645-9680
Fax: (248) 645-1233

Patrice M. Ticknor

Tel: (248) 645-9680
Fax: (248) 645-1233