Probate Law

Estate Litigation and Will Contests

A parent, child, relative or close friend has passed away. If you have any responsibility for the decedent’s affairs, one of the first questions that will enter your mind is “What do I do now?” Few individuals can answer that question, especially during a time of mourning. We can. Let us help you with situations like:

  • I’ve been named a personal representative or trustee of a trust.
  • I need to know my legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • I would like to work on my own estate-planning documents, such as my will or trust.
  • I’m an estate executor who is facing a challenge from a family member over the provisions of a will or trust.
  • I am a beneficiary who feels the provisions of a will or trust are unfair.

Helping you through a difficult process

I understand what is at stake for you and am committed to resolving these sensitive issues in the most beneficial manner for my clients. I have helped my clients with a wide variety of these cases, such as:

  • ambiguity of language
  • suspicion of undue influence
  • improper drafting or execution of the will or trust
  • lack of testamentary capacity
  • probate creditor claims
  • homestead
  • spousal elective share

My experience serving parties on both sides of these cases will allow me to provide the highest level of effectiveness as I represent you in your dispute. I will conduct a thorough review of the last will and testament or trust documents and listen closely to your concerns and goals. A customized plan of action will be built specifically to address the unique issues surrounding your case and will engage all appropriate parties in search of a resolution that everyone can support. If necessary, I am always prepared to take the matter to court in order to protect your interests. 

Although most cases are on an hourly basis, I will also consider taking your probate dispute on a contingency fee basis.

Contact your Sarasota and Bradenton probate lawyer today

Sound advice and customized solutions for your will or trust dispute is one call away.

  • More than 30 years of experience
  • Board-certified litigation specialist
  • Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator

Service Area

The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A., in Sarasota, represents clients who need an experienced business and estate litigation lawyer in Sarasota and Bradenton and throughout southwest Florida including Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Tampa, Arcadia, Naples, Saint Petersburg, Fort Myers and other communities in Sarasota County, Manatee County, Hillsborough County, DeSoto County, Collier County, Lee County and Pinellas County.

The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A.

1515 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 870
Sarasota, FL 34236
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