Todd & Weld has one of the largest Probate and Fiduciary Litigation teams in Massachusetts. Our attorneys are routinely called upon to navigate clients through the delicate and often complex sphere of attempted generational wealth and post-death business transfers.
Our team members are recognized as thought leaders who have been involved in cutting edge will contests based on external influences and questionable capacity, challenges to durable powers of attorney, novel actions to replace and remove trustees, and accounting petitions. With well in excess of 100 years of collective experience, we provide the guidance needed to protect the legal rights of individuals, institutions, heirs, and family members.
Our representative cases include:
- Persuaded the Massachusetts Appeals Court to vacate and reverse a trial court’s dismissal of a trust petition seeking to remove a trustee without cause.
- In a case of first impression, persuaded a Massachusetts Probate Court judge to invalidate a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity signed and notarized 10 years earlier by a biological mother and man who knew he was not the father, and to declare that the woman’s son was not a legal heir entitled to inherit from the man’s intestate estate.
- Obtained a $4.8 million jury verdict in Providence Superior Court on behalf of two estates seeking the return of inheritance money in an investment account.
- Obtained a defense verdict after a three-week jury trial on behalf of an executor and successor trustee alleged to have breached various fiduciary duties, and then persuading the Massachusetts Appeals Court to uphold the jury verdict.