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Montana Estate & Trust Litigation Lawyers

Dealing with estate and trust litigation in Montana can be overwhelming. HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, can provide the necessary knowledge and support to help you through this challenging time.

Our initial consultation is free, and our deep understanding of Montana's estate and trust administration and litigation laws ensures that you have trustworthy and compassionate guidance every step of the way.


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From the moment I called, very friendly, welcoming, helpful staff,meet with David he was awesome, answered all my concerns and gave me additional advice.I definitely recommend these guys

Natalie Dorsey


David and his staff were very professional and informative. It was a very pleasant experience.

June Cohn


It was a very good experience, first time working with a lawyer to do my will and trust.

Ronald Beckman


When Do You Need a Probate Litigation Attorney?

Probate litigation arises when there are disputes over the distribution of assets in a deceased person’s estate. It often involves challenges to the validity of a will or the appointment of personal representatives.

If you're a beneficiary or personal representative facing challenges or disputes in the probate process, it's crucial to have an experienced estate and trust litigation attorney by your side. Your lawyer will protect your interests and oversee the proper administration of the estate.

Montana Will Contest Cases

Will contests in Montana occur when someone challenges the validity of a will. Some common reasons for contesting a will include:

  • Improper Execution. A will may be contested if it wasn't properly executed according to Montana law. For example, the will might not have been signed in the presence of the required number of witnesses.
  • Lack of Capacity. This refers to the mental state of the person who created the will, also known as the testator. A will can be contested if the testator doesn't have the mental capacity to understand the nature and extent of their property, the people who are the natural objects of their bounty, or the legal effect of signing the will.
  • Coercion or Duress. Discovering that the testator was pressured or coerced into making the will or including certain provisions can also be grounds for contesting a will.
  • Fraud. Fraud occurs when the testator is deceived about the contents of the will or the circumstances surrounding its creation.

Experienced Montana Trust and Estate Litigation Attorneys

A trust contest is similar to a will contest but involves challenging the validity of a trust. Some of the reasons one might contest a trust include the incapacity of the trustor, manipulation or coercion, fraudulent creation, or breach of trust by the trustee.

If you're a beneficiary, heir, or other interested party who believes a trust isn't valid or being administered correctly, seek legal advice from an experienced Montana trust contest attorney as soon as possible.

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We'll Protect Your Rights and Interests

The capable trust and estate litigation attorneys at HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, are here to help protect your rights and interests in will and trust contests and other probate litigation matters. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Our Estate Litigation Process

At HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, we follow a structured process to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients in estate and trust litigation matters.

Our Estate & Probate Law Legal Process

Initial Consultation

The process begins with an initial consultation, during which we'll take the time to understand your specific situation, concerns, and goals. We'll review any relevant documents, such as the will, trust, succession planning, or other estate planning documents, and assess the merits of your case.


Once we have a clear understanding of your case, we'll conduct a thorough investigation. This may involve collecting additional documents, interviewing witnesses, and gathering other evidence that supports your case.

Preparation of Legal Documents

Based on the findings of our investigation, we'll prepare and file the necessary legal documents to initiate the litigation process. As part of this process, we may petition to contest a will or trust, register objections to a proposed distribution of assets, or initiate a lawsuit.

Negotiation and Mediation

We'll engage in negotiation and mediation to try to reach a settlement that's satisfactory to all parties involved. Mediation involves a neutral third party who facilitates discussions between the two primary parties to help them reach an agreement.


If negotiation and mediation don't result in a settlement, your case may proceed to trial. We'll present your case before a judge or jury, who will then make a final decision on the matter.

Why Put Your Trust In Us?

Why Choose Our Montana Estate and Trust Litigation Law Firm?

There are many reasons to choose HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, as your legal advocate for will and trust administration matters. Here are just a few of the benefits our firm offers:


Experienced Attorneys

Our attorneys have extensive experience in estate and trust litigation cases in Montana.


Free Consultation

We offer a no-cost initial consultation to discuss your situation and legal options and begin the proper planning.


Personalized Service

We provide personalized legal services tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • AV Preeminent Rated in Litigation, Insurance, and Professional liability by Martindale-Hubbell
David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona, Montana, and Texas.
  • President of Surprise Professional Center Office Condo Association
David J. HagEstad

Brien B. Birge

Brien B. Birge

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • Specialized in Estate Planning & Insurance Litigation

About HagEstad Law Group, PLLC

HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, is a premier law firm with a strong presence in Montana and Arizona. Our team of seasoned attorneys handles various areas of the law, including estate and trust litigation.

We understand that disputes concerning living wills and estate plans can be incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing. We aim to provide comprehensive legal support personalized to your specific needs and circumstances. Our dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients is unmatched.

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How do you contest a will?

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To contest a will, you must file a legal action in the appropriate probate court challenging its validity. It's essential to have legal representation from an experienced will-contest attorney who can guide you through the process and represent your interests.

Who can contest a will in Montana?

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In Montana, a will can be contested by any interested person, who may be an heir, devisee, child, spouse, creditor, or other family member with a property right in or claim against the estate being administered. During our free initial consultations, we assist clients in grasping the implications of their current situation.

What's the time limit for contesting a will or trust?

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The time limit for contesting a will or trust varies by jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the case. It's essential to seek legal advice from a knowledgeable litigation lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you don't miss any deadlines.

Can a beneficiary contest a trust?

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A beneficiary can contest a trust if they believe it’s invalid or not being administered correctly. Legal representation is often necessary to ensure the proper treatment and distribution of trust assets.