Fiduciary Litigation

Ikard Ratliff P.C. represent clients as settlors, beneficiaries, trustees or executors, in all types of trust and probate litigation.

With respect to will and probate estate matters, we handle will contests (including the enforceability of forfeiture or in terrorem clauses), demands for statutory estate accountings, the enforcement of estate accounting demands, estate accounting actions, breach of fiduciary duty claims against executors and administrators, will construction and interpretation suits, actions to remove executors and administrators, and suits to force the closing and distribution of estates.

As to trust issues, we engage in all types of trust litigation, including trust construction, modification, and interpretation actions; demands for statutory trust accountings, enforcement of trust accounting demands; trust-accounting questions; breach of fiduciary duty claims against trustees (including allegations of self-dealing and defenses of exculpatory and indemnity clauses); actions to remove trustees; suits to force distributions from a trust; and contested trust matters arising in connection with divorce cases. We also defend trustees against any type of trust litigation including breach of fiduciary duty claims, removal claims and any action incident to the administration of a trust. We also provide ongoing advice to trustees with respect to trust administration and trust accounting matters.

Ikard Ratliff P.C. also engages in guardianship litigation, including applications to appoint a guardian, contested guardianships, and guardianship accounting matters.

Finally, the firm handles litigation involving the above-described issues in state district courts, appellate courts, county courts, and statutory probate courts throughout the state of Texas.