Probate and Trust Litigation

Despite the best intentions, many times related parties struggle to find common ground during the challenging time of an estate plan execution. Private wealth disputes can be complex and emotional matters involving important legal and financial considerations. At Flannery | Georgalis, our first approach is always to work towards a settlement that meets our client’s interests, but we are ready and prepared to advocate for our clients should it reach the point of litigation. We regularly handle all types of estate, trust, and probate disputes including:

Will/Trust Contests and Disputes

These cases often result from undue influence over the deceased by another in order to obtain an unfair share of the estate or trust; a family member taking advantage of the lack of capacity of the deceased to create or modify a will or trust; or instances of fraud and elder abuse.

Estate and Trust Administration Disputes

These matters often involve the mishandling of an estate or trust by the executor or trustee. A lack or failure of communication is a common theme. We regularly counsel clients regarding their rights as beneficiaries, time limits in estate and trust disputes, and the duties and responsibilities of serving as an executor or trustee.

Misappropriation of Funds and Fiduciary Malfeasanc

Executors and trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to faithfully manage the assets of a trust or estate for the good of the beneficiaries. Failure to do so is a breach of their fiduciary duty. Other fiduciary breaches include agents who act under a power of attorney and abuse that power relating to bank accounts and other financial instruments. Our Team handles cases involving the removal and replacement of fiduciaries and regularly conducts investigations into allegations that a fiduciary, executor or trustee has misappropriated the funds of an estate that he or she was appointed to protect.

Elder Abuse

The elderly may be targets of wrongdoing by family members and other individuals. Misappropriating funds with a power of attorney, improper changing of bank account registrations and beneficiary designations are all-too-common types of abuse. Our attorneys have investigated and filed claims in many cases involving fraud and dishonesty against the elderly.

Private Settlement Agreements

Our Team handles family disputes of all kinds. In many instances, the primary goal is to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. In these situations, we are often successful mediating, and counseling emotionally charged family situations and negotiating and preparing private settlement agreements.

Our Practice Areas

Estate Planning

The process of developing an estate plan and navigating the laws that govern them are increasingly complex and challenging. It is critically important that the estate you have built for future generations of your family is protected. At Flannery | Georgalis, our Team...

Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration

At Flannery | Georgalis, our attorneys have extensive experience handling the administration of estates and trusts, both simple and complex. We know this can be a challenging and emotional time for everyone involved, and we work with our clients to make the process as...

Antitrust and Competition Law

Around the world, recent events have sparked renewed interest in antitrust and competition law and its role in keeping down prices and protecting consumers. In the United States, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have stepped up their scrutiny of...

Corporate Internal Investigations

Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies of all sizes. We understand that in corporate criminal and parallel civil matters, conducting a comprehensive internal investigation is...

Criminal and Civil Fraud Tax Controversy

At Flannery | Georgalis, our team of former federal prosecutors and former special agents are uniquely experienced to represent clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil tax controversies. Unlike any other firm, our tax controversy team consists of multiple...

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”), was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Since 1977, the anti-bribery provisions of...

Economic Sanctions and Export Control

Customs and international trade law is a complex field of statutes and regulations that is frequently changing and violations can lead to detained, excluded, and seized shipments as well as severe civil and criminal penalties. The Trade Facilitation and Trade...

National Security and Cyber Crimes

Matters involving national security are the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest profile and highest priority cases. Several of our former federal prosecutors and special agents were assigned to national security and cybercriminal units while in government service. We...

SEC and FINRA Investigations and Enforcement

The Securities & Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is the primary regulator of the U.S. Securities markets. FINRA is a non-governmental organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets. Each year, securities regulators brings hundreds of civil...

White Collar Criminal Defense

Flannery | Georgalis has substantial experience defending companies and individuals in nearly every kind of white collar criminal or civil enforcement matter, including fraud, securities violations, SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings, public corruption, and health...

Dentist, Dental Practice, and DSO Representation

Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience representing dentists, dental practice groups, and dental service organizations (DSOs) in a variety of sensitive matters. The team of attorneys at Flannery | Georgalis is comprised of former federal and state...

False Claims Act and Qui Tam Actions

The False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., imposes liability on individuals and entities who defraud governmental programs. The FCA, along with analogous state statutes, is generally viewed as the government’s most powerful anti-fraud tool, because it...

Healthcare Regulatory and Enforcement

With federal agency administrative rules, court decisions, and executive orders continuing to drive regulatory changes and enforcement trends, providers and participants in the healthcare industry need trusted counsel. Drawing upon years of government experience,...

Professional Licensure Defense

We understand the suspension or revocation of a professional license jeopardizes an individual and their family’s well-being. A suspension is disruptive and could irrevocably damage your practice. A revocation can be catastrophic to your livelihood. We have...

Business Litigation

Flannery | Georgalis represent clients in a wide of array of complex commercial litigation matters, especially including those involving allegations of serious or intentional misconduct, business fraud, professional liability, and significant employment disputes and...

Critical Motions and Appeals

In every complex litigation—whether criminal or civil—there are make or break moments involving the written word: the must-win suppression motion, the motion to exclude a devastating expert witness, the motion to dismiss based on a novel legal theory, the motion for...

General Criminal Defense

General Criminal Defense Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience defending individuals charged with a variety of serious criminal offenses. As former prosecutors and defense attorneys, we have the unique experience of having been on both sides of a wide array...

International Litigation and Dispute Resolution

When parties conduct business in a global market, international commercial disputes often arise. In U.S.-based international litigation, these cases raise complex issues involving service of process under the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and...

Anti-Money Laundering And Financial Regulatory Compliance

Flannery | Georgalis, LLC has substantial experience addressing complex regulatory, enforcement, and internal investigative issues affecting financial institutions. Our team is special because it comprises a cross-disciplinary group of former federal prosecutors,...

Corporate Security and Organizational Protective Orders

The security risks for corporations have evolved over time and have become increasingly complex. Globalization has changed the structure and pace of corporate life in many ways, including the need to manage at a distance. Corporate accountability, and scrutiny, have...

Military Justice Representation and Defense

Military law is a complex and daunting realm and navigating that system without the assistance of a trained military attorney can have devastating results. If you are a member of the United States Military and have been suspected of a crime or are subject to an...