When a person dies, the real and personal property he or she leaves behind is called his or her “estate”. Claims can be made against the estate of the deceased person by creditors, beneficiaries named in a will, family members, or any person who believes he or she has a valid interest in the estate. If these claims cannot be otherwise resolved, estate litigation may ensue. This area of law often combines complex legal and factual issues with highly-charged emotional history among the parties during a time when some or all of the parties are going through a grieving process.
Estate litigation can include: