Litigation

Probate & Fiduciary Litigation

Overview

Clients entrust their most important personal and family matters – including will contests, trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty actions, and all other kinds of trust and estate disputes – to the attorneys of the Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Group of Goulston & Storrs, not only because of our reputation and experience in this area, but because of our professional, responsive approach to client-service during these often once-in-a-lifetime events.  

As a result, we represent not just our own clients in probate and fiduciary litigation, but many clients who are referred to us by lawyers, financial planners, wealth managers, accountants, and other professionals from all over the country.

Our lawyers are at the forefront of developing this area of the law, shaping how it is handled in the Probate and Family Court.  We have been appointed to advise the Court on the creation of the specialized Fiduciary Litigation Session for complicated estate and trust matters and on new procedures for trust reformation actions, and we have taken leadership roles in the Probate Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Trusts and Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum, and the Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court, among other bar organizations. 

Chambers USA, in its High Net Worth Guide published for the first time in 2016, noted the firm's strength in working with high net worth private clients, ranking us in the top tier of Massachusetts-based firms. We house one of the largest and most well-established trust and estate practices in New England, featuring many bar leaders, and six fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which is composed exclusively of lawyers and law professors from around the world who have been elected by their peers, based on reputation, skill and contributions to the field in the form of lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities.  One of the members of our group has been appointed to ACTEC’s Fiduciary Litigation Committee and is described in the 2017 edition of the Chambers USA High Net Worth Guide as “Boston’s pre-eminent probate litigator.”

Another point of distinction for our group, particularly when representing attorneys who act as fiduciaries, is that we are able to draw upon the resources of our renowned Professional Liability Group, which has represented some of the most prestigious law firms in the country.  Likewise, when a dispute over trust or estate property involves real estate, as if often does, we can draw upon the resources of our renowned Real Estate Group.