Jenner & Block

Trust & Estate Litigation

We help families deal with the often thorny and personal issues that arise when disputes develop over tax and estate planning efforts, especially as reflected in wills and trusts. Our deep knowledge of trust and estate law, complemented by our extensive experience in complex commercial and civil litigation, enables us to prosecute or defend, and ultimately resolve, the most contentious disputes. Without sacrificing zealous advocacy for our clients, we also attempt to reach these resolutions in a manner that preserves, to the extent possible, the family, marital, and community bonds that often are threatened in contested estate matters.

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience representing families, heirs, executors, trustees, personal representatives, and other fiduciaries in high stakes estates and trusts litigation.  We leverage the strength and depth of our firm’s litigation resources to develop cost-effective solutions to even the most challenging issues.  Our goals are to ensure that our clients receive all of the assets to which they are entitled, while simultaneously removing the burden from families, getting them out of court as quickly as possible, and preserving estate assets.

Along with their litigation experience, many of the professionals in our Trust and Estate Litigation group have a deep understanding of the complex transactional and procedural nature of trusts and estates.  In addition, group members frequently involve the many other tax, transactional and estate planning professionals within the Firm who specialize in designing, drafting, and re-drafting estate plans for families.  The Trust and Estate Litigation team thus is able to draw on the depth of our firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice groups to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are being carefully addressed.