Cleveland Probate Litigation: Comprehensive Representation from a Seasoned Litigator

James Bart Leonardi LLC provides experienced litigation services to help you resolve tough probate disputes in court. In any kind of litigation, there will be conflict and stress. In probate litigation, however, when parties disagree about how probate is carried out, common concerns usually include, preservation of family relationships, resolving outstanding liabilities, and fair and accurate asset distribution. A probate litigation attorney can assist you through the entire process.

James Bart Leonardi LLC handles a wide array of probate litigation cases, for example:

  • Will contests may involve proper will execution, claims of fraud or duress, or claims of undue influence or lack of mental capacity.
  • Trust administration issues involve representing beneficiaries of the trust when there are concerns that the administration by the trustee is improper, or defending the trustee against claims from the beneficiaries or creditors of the trust.
  • Creditor’s claims involve the defense of, or prosecution of, the claims of individual creditors or financial institutions.
  • Fiduciary issues include breaches of fiduciary duty, removal of fiduciaries and replacing fiduciaries. Fiduciaries include Executors, Estate Administrators, Trustees and Guardians.
  • Wrongful Death includes working with plaintiff's attorneys to open estates for wrongful death purposes and the approval process of any settlement or judgment.
  • Minor Settlements are necessary when a minor is injured and receives a settlement or judgment. This must be approved by the probate court in Ohio.
  • Guardianships are necessary to pursue litigation on behalf of a minor or an incompetent adult. This is a probate process requiring knowledge of the special nature of this area.

Why Choose James Bart Leonardi LLC?

Trusted, Dedicated Probate Counselor

Licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, Mr. Leonardi’s practice is sharply focused on probate administration, probate litigation, and estate planning. He believes in giving clients quality service and attention, and part of carrying out this philosophy includes honing in on a narrow scope of practice. A probate litigation attorney with confidence and familiarity with is critical for success in the courtroom, and clients depend on his years of experience to spot the important legal nuances that others often overlook.

Mr. Leonardi gives prompt, attentive service when you need it most. Probate is stressful enough, but when probate litigation becomes unavoidable, parties understandably fear for relationships with loved ones, financial security, and future peace of mind. Clients trust Mr. Leonardi to stay in touch—he timely updates you on your case, explains the law, and stays on top of the legal deadlines and filings.

Mr. Leonardi has represented clients from all walks of life across a variety of probate disputes. For instance, he represents individual beneficiaries, heirs, administrators, and interested parties such as creditors. Moreover, he is just as comfortable bringing petitioner claims as well as defending them. Thus Mr. Leonardi understands the competing interests often at play, and he insightfully counsels the client’s best course of action.

Proven Probate Litigation Attorney

Recognized as a proven litigator, Mr. Leonardi possesses a long litigation and finance background. In addition to handling probate issues, he has successfully litigated malpractice and professional disciplinary issues in Ohio, Kentucky, and Delaware on behalf of physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. Mr. Leonardi’s experience in finance and insurance facilitates easy communication with clients’ accountants, bankers, finance professionals, and insurance professionals. Probate litigation is one of his focuses, which means that you can rest assured he will handle the tough issues and fight on your behalf so that you can have peace of mind.

If you need to litigate a probate dispute in court, contact James Bart Leonardi LLC to schedule a consultation.

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