Experienced Trust and Estate Representation in Iowa

Iowa Probate Litigation

When you have questions about the handling of your family's estate, you need trusted and experienced trust and estate litigation counsel who understands the unique dynamics of each family matter, and can protect your interests in this nuanced area of the law. At Smith Law Firm, we focus our litigation practice on trust, estate, and probate matters. We have counseled and litigated for clients in estates totaling $50 million in combined value.
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Probate Litigation

Common Questions

Iowa Probate Litigation

Litigation Services

Expert Probate Dispute
Litigation Services for
All Iowans

Will Contests, Caveats
and Defenses

Estate dispute lawsuits seeking remedies to enforce or dismiss the terms of a will or trust for intent (or lack of) and other legal grounds.


Contentions asserting a person induced a testator to act in a manner they would have otherwise acted had the influencer not been present.

Tortious Interference
with Inheritance

An heir’s claim that a party intentionally or negligently reduced or eliminated their expected inheritance.


Motions petitioning the court to compel fiduciaries to account for managed assets and to justify expenses sustained.


Estate litigation for upholding or striking down lower court decisions via state appeal processes.

Probate Fraud

Lawsuits that claim a defendant executed a will or trust improperly or used false information with intent to deceive heirs out of their lawful inheritance.

Probate Fees

Contentions claiming executors and trustees charged beneficiaries excessive or unreasonable fees.

Squatter Removal
and Eviction

Legal remedies that oust squatters and renters from real property previously owned by a decedent.


Lawsuits claiming damages from lawyers breaching a contract or from negligently breaching their legal or fiduciary duties.


Contention that affirms the decedent was not of sound mind when executing a trust or will.

Power of
Attorney Abuse

Removal of a person’s right to control and use another’s financial assets under a power of attorney.


Probate administration and estate planning according to the language found in valid prenuptial agreements.

Removal of Trustees Guardianship and

Injunction sought by beneficiaries to remove guardians, executors or trustees who breach their fiduciary duties.

Fiduciary Litigation and
Improper Execution

Negligence claims brought by and against fiduciaries who administrate probate estates; and assertions of improperly signed wills or trusts.

Confidential Relationships
and Estate Litigation

Legal action to prove or disprove a trust relationship existed between two parties with confidence where one party would act or advise in good faith with the other party’s interest in mind.

Please call us to discuss how we can help you settle your will or trust dispute.

Iowa Probate Litigation

Blog Posts

Check out our blog to learn more about estate dispute litigation in Iowa
Blog Confidential Relationship Fiduciary Litigation

How Confidential Relationships and Legal Fiduciary Relationships Are Unlike

Suppose you’re a retired small business owner and believe a bank employee has breached some legal duties owed to you....
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Blog Trustee

Trustee Removal Litigation vs. Mediation When Removing Trustees Becomes Necessary

Disputes between beneficiaries and trustees are often difficult and emotionally charged situations. Trustee removal litigation has traditionally been the go-to...
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Blog Excessive Probate Fees

How To Recognize When Executors Charge You Excessive Probate Fees

Iowa probate courts impose high legal duties on executors and personal representatives who work probate matters on your behalf. Iowa...
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Iowa Probate Litigation

Latest News

Read about what happening in probate litigation across the state.
Confidential Relationship News

Confidential Relationships: Be Careful When Accepting Gifts From People In Your Care

The Court of Appeals of Iowa recently ruled that children who received lifetime gifts from their parents may need to...
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News Undue Influence

NEWSFLASH: Undue Influence May Become A Crime In Iowa

Iowa is extremely close to following the rest of the Union in criminalizing undue influence acts against elders. This month,...
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