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Trusts, estates, and fiduciary disputes come with unique challenges, often driven by complicated and interwoven legal, emotional, financial, and strategic factors. When a problem involving an estate or a fiduciary obligation becomes litigious, clients need problem solvers they can trust; attorneys with deep experience and knowledge of the contested matters clients face.

At Robins Kaplan LLP, our mastery of wealth litigation, fiduciary law, the courtroom, and challenging contests lead us to excel at protecting and preserving assets, and resolving disputes.

Our national reputation for litigation excellence includes wins in the fiduciary arena for trustees and fiduciaries, personal representatives, beneficiaries, guardians, and conservators.

In addition, our wealth dispute lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the complicated system of laws and regulations that control various fiduciary obligations, end-of-life wealth distribution, and property and asset valuation.

We also know the best ways to navigate the emotional issues that often come up in wealth disputes. Whether litigating fiduciary matters, inheritance or succession issues, or contested charitable donations, we help clients cut through confusion to find a path to resolution.

Our attorneys have deep experience representing beneficiaries, trustees, and co-personal representatives in jurisdictions across the nation, including MinnesotaNew York, California, and Massachusetts. In addition, because of the specific demands of South Dakota trust litigation, our Sioux Falls office has a dedicated focus on the resolution of South Dakota trust disputes.

Managed by Brendan Johnson, who previously served as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota, our South Dakota trust litigation practice combines the resources and experience of a national law firm with an in-depth understanding of South Dakota litigation and South Dakota trust disputes.

To learn more about wealth disputes, call us at 800.553.9910 or fill out our online contact form above.

Our attorneys mediate and litigate disputes and contests vigorously on the behalf of clients involved in wealth dispute matters. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-Litigation counsel
  • Fiduciary and beneficiary representation
  • Will, estate, and trust disputes
  • Fiduciary and beneficiary disputes
  • Contested wills
  • Tax disputes
  • Valuation contests
  • Accounting disputes
  • Conservatorship and guardianship disputes
  • Commercial Trust disputes
  • Contested guardianship matters
  • Claims by heirs for misappropriation or breach of fiduciary duty
  • Contested charitable donations
  • Probate proceedings

Our attorneys serve individuals and organizations in all aspects of wealth disputes, both basic and complex.

  • Individuals and families
  • Business owners
  • Corporate fiduciaries
  • Charitable organizations
  • Closely held enterprises and their members
  • Closely held family businesses and their members
  • Nonprofits
  • Trustees, fiduciaries and beneficiaries
  • Personal representatives
  • Trust and estate beneficiaries
  • Guardians
  • Conservators
  • Trust supervisors

Denise S. Rahne


Co-Chair, Wealth Planning, Administration, and Fiduciary Disputes Group

Anthony A. Froio


Managing Partner
Chair of Executive Board

Brendan V. Johnson


Member of Executive Board
Chair, National Business Litigation Group
Co-Chair, Government and Internal Investigations Group

Steven K. Orloff


Co-Chair, Wealth Planning, Administration, and Fiduciary Disputes Group

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