Fraud in trusts
Trust, estate and inheritance disputes
Who should inherit what? What was promised? What is fair? These questions are not easy to answer, but where there are disputes our leading trust and succession lawyers can help.
It might be that you’ve lost faith in a trustee or protector controlling a trust. Maybe a vulnerable parent was persuaded to draft a will disinheriting you. Your trust may be under attack during a divorce, or perhaps you represent a charity defending a legacy.
Disputes are often complicated and can be highly stressful, particularly if a family’s wealth is spread across the world in trusts and other assets. With so much at stake, you need the very best legal advice.
Access market leading advisors
Withers is top-ranked for trust and succession disputes, with the world’s largest team of inheritance lawyers dedicated to them. Noted for ‘outstanding professionalism and advice’ in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth guide, it is widely acknowledged that ‘if you want a job done well, that’s the place to go – they turn over every stone’.
We know that you are likely facing a complex, emotionally-charged situation. Recognised as ‘supportive and completely committed to their clients’, we will put your best interests at the heart of what we do and offer pragmatic advice to suit your needs.
‘One of the things Withers does exceptionally well is that we think creatively,’ says San Diego-based counsel Mary F. Gillick. ‘Our attorneys have the ability to see solutions other people can’t see.’
Exploring your options
Only a small percentage of our cases end up in court. In our view going to trial is rarely in the best financial or personal interests of clients who are facing bereavement, divorce or some manner of family feud. However this does not mean compromising on results.
There are many forms of alternative dispute resolution, which could help you resolve your dispute quickly and privately. In some cases, clear and robust correspondence from us is enough to secure the outcome you want. In others, a round-table meeting will achieve the best result. Should the matter go to mediation, we have accredited mediators within the team that can help you reach a fair outcome through negotiation without the stress and uncertainty of going to court. Some disputes may be suitable for arbitration, which is similar to the court process in that the parties have to abide by the decision of the arbitrator, but on a private basis. This approach offers a faster outcome and the privacy is especially welcome in trust and succession disputes.
Whatever path you choose, we will work closely with you to assess all available options to ensure you receive the best possible advice for your unique situation.
Renowned for winning complex onshore and offshore cases
Should court proceedings prove unavoidable, we are renowned for our ability to win the most complex onshore and offshore cases.
With offices around the world, including London, New York, New Haven, California, Hong Kong and Singapore, our experienced cross-border trust and estate solicitors have achieved many ‘firsts’ – such as obtaining a Singapore High Court decision that certain stamp duties should not apply to residential property purchased by charitable purpose trust, removing a protector from a Guernsey trust and setting aside a trustee decision in Bermuda.
At all stages, we think several moves ahead on the ‘chess board’ of your trust and succession disputes, aiming to resolve it as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. This is one reason we are chosen to represent many charities, including the RSPCA, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Royal Society.
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Alternative dispute resolution
Mediation is a popular, private and cost-effective out of court solution to resolve disputes, which has been a particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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