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Panama City Probate Attorney

Helping Clients with Probate Disputes in Panama City, Florida

Are you involved in a probate dispute in the Panama City area? Interested parties in an estate conflict include the Personal Representative, heirs, beneficiaries, and other similarly situated individuals. Problems concerning an estate's assets, debts, and administration are not uncommon, and it's important to have effective representation. If you need legal assistance from a probate attorney to help you resolve the matter fairly, please consider calling this office to discuss the details. As a Panama City probate lawyer, I can provide the effective and thorough assistance you need to handle most probate matters, including disputes that arise between family members, beneficiaries, Personal Representatives, and others involved in the probate process.

Probate Disputes

Following a person's death, disputes frequently occur over the estate that remains. Problems include disputes over wills and trusts, and they are just as common when no will was established (intestate disputes). Cases of alleged fraud concerning the estate planning documents, pending civil litigation or business disputes impacting the estate, and allegations of improper conduct during the administration process are all ripe for litigation.

The majority of probate disputes concern conflicts about inheritance. Unequal inheritance among beneficiaries is normal, but it often leads to hard feelings and sometimes real conflict. These cases may be based on allegations of undue influence, duress, or lack of capacity on the part of the decedent prior to death. Disputes may also be based on allegations such as financial misconduct, elder abuse, fraud (to name a few) on the part of caretakers, family members, accountants, power of attorney holders, and any other person who may have had access to the deceased. These types of problems typically have to be resolved before the estate can be finalized, and securing effective legal representation to protect your interests is absolutely critical.

Whatever the situation may be, choosing an experienced and capable attorney may be the most important decision you make. Greed is a powerful force, and it is often the motivation for improper/illegal activity. At death, questionable conduct must either be accepted or challenged by one or more of the remaining interested parties. In these cases, I work exclusively with clients whom I believe to be on the right side of the table. I have refused some potentially good clients because of this, but I am fine with that. Manipulation of an elderly person for purposes of financial gain is inexcusable. I refuse this kind of work at the planning stage (when I am suspicious), and I will not defend it after the fact.

Do you need legal assistance with a probate dispute? Contact the Panama City Probate Lawyer, Max W. McCord III to discuss your situation today.