Trustees and trustee boards are appointed to make informed, impartial and practical decisions on behalf of those they represent. Healthy debate and disagreements are all part of the good decision-making process, but can often lead to conflict between board members. In addition, it is not uncommon for trustees to find themselves facing challenges and even legal complaints from beneficiaries.
As an individual trustee, it is your responsibility to act exclusively in the best interests of the beneficiary or beneficiaries you represent. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily safeguard you from potential disputes, or even the threat of legal action. If one or more beneficiaries disagree with the decisions you make on their behalf, you could find yourself brought before the courts.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a potential or current dispute on part of one or more beneficiaries, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors for an obligation-free consultation.
Why Disputes with Trustee Occur
Disagreements and disputes following the death of a close friend or family member are extremely common. In the event that a trust was set up to provide some kind of financial support for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries, its administration is overseen by appointed trustees.
However, problems often occur when the decisions made by trustees go against the beliefs, priorities or preferences of the named beneficiaries. Disputes and disagreements can occur when:
- Beneficiaries disagree with the actions of trustees
- Beneficiaries question the terms of the trust
- Beneficiaries are unhappy with their allocation
- Beneficiaries believe trustees to be dishonest
In all such instances, one or more beneficiaries may believe they have just cause to lodge a formal complaint. If the trustee is unwilling to comply with their request or requirements, they may choose to take legal action.
However complex, challenging or sensitive the issue may be, we can provide the support and representation you need to ensure a smooth and amicable outcome. For more information or to discuss your requirements in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.
Resolving Disputes Outside the Courts
At Aristone Solicitors, we understand that the vast majority of clients we work with would prefer to resolve their disputes outside the courts. Where court involvement becomes necessary, both the complexity and the costs of the case can quickly escalate.
This is why we provide independent expert mediation on all matters related to disputes involving trustees, beneficiaries, executors, administrators and so on.
We’ll carefully examine the specifics of your case and the terms of the trust you are responsible for. Our qualified legal team will determine where the issue lies (if any) and help you choose the best possible way forward. We’ll also provide the full legal representation you need and act as a liaison between you and the beneficiaries involved in the case, to any extent you deem appropriate.
For more information or to discuss any aspect of your case in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.