Houston Fiduciary Litigation Lawyer
Jones Morris Klevenhagen also has experience with all types of fiduciary relationships. A fiduciary relationship arises when one person takes on a legal and ethical duty to act in the best interests of another. Common fiduciaries include those appointed to act as power of attorney, guardians, trustees, executors or personal representatives of an estate, banks and even insurance companies.
A fiduciary’s responsibility to act in the best interests of another is known as the “fiduciary duty.” Unfortunately, disputes often arise in any number of situations where a party believes a fiduciary has breached his duty or committed wrongdoing as a fiduciary. Jones Morris Klevenhagen is experienced in handling cases involving these fiduciary disputes, and we regularly engage in resolving such disputes whether in mediation, or through trial and appellate litigation. Our experience includes work on cases involving:
- Disputes involving the elderly, particularly with regard to the abuse of guardianships and powers of attorney
- Claims involving insurance companies failure to pay claims promptly or at all
- Actions against banks for distributing or failing to distribute money and situations where banks do no honor agreements with depositors
- Claims against the fiduciary of a special-needs trust involving severely disabled persons
- Proceedings seeking to remove a fiduciary from acting as a representative
- Will contests involving claims of undue influence or fraud on the part of a fiduciary
- Actions seeking to have a fiduciary personally charged for improper conduct
- Claims that a fiduciary has dispensed unauthorized funds or engaged in self-dealing or excessive compensation for his duties
The interplay between insurance companies, banks, trusts and estates and the complex structure of fiduciary litigation allows us to provide our clients with the best representation possible. In addition, we understand that these types of disputes often deal with private or sensitive information between family members and trusted friends and associates. We are skilled in confidentially assessing problems and offering other solutions, such as mediation, where it best serves the specific interests of our clients. However, if the problem cannot be solved outside of the courtroom, we are very comfortable inside the courtroom.
If you are concerned with the actions of a fiduciary entrusted with the physical or financial well-being of yourself or a loved one, don’t delay. Please contact us and we will help guide you through your options.