Quarles' litigation attorneys represent fiduciaries and other parties involved in trust contests, will disputes, attempted removal or surcharges of trustees, will and trust constructions, and other fiduciary litigation. Drawing on the resources of one of the Midwest's top-tier trusts and estates practice groups and a strong bench of lawyers in the firm’s litigation department, Quarles achieves strong results for clients on cases involving trusts, wills, probate proceedings, agency relationships, powers of attorney, and guardianships, as well as charitable and exempt organization litigation. We assist clients in strategic planning issues and in negotiating, mediating, and resolving challenging disputes by trial, arbitration, and mediation. Quarles defends fiduciaries charged with personal exposure for handling an estate, trust, or guardianship as well as plaintiffs in a will or trust contest.
Quarles has successfully litigated matters involving executors and trustees facing challenges including conflicts of interest, investment strategies, fee amounts, distribution elections, waiver clauses, spendthrift provisions, government regulatory obligations, internal investigatory proceedings, class actions, and injunctive proceedings. The lead Quarles & Brady litigators have handled cases with assets ranging from six figures to nine figures.
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