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Trust litigation can arise in charitable gift giving

Setting up a charitable trust gives Florida residents a way to give back to their community or support a worthy cause. A charitable trust allows the decedent to continue supporting his or her favorite charity in an organized manner. However, disputes may arise that threaten the charity's access to its financial gift and may even lead to trust litigation.

In most cases, the entity or individual that challenges a trust does not do so in a malicious manner. Rather, this person or organization simply wants to ensure the decedent's wishes come true. In our Melbourne-based practice, we have seen that many cases of charitable trust litigation arise from the desire to do good. However, we also know that charitable organizations have a right to protect their interests.

The purpose of this blog post is simply to encourage charities on the path to trust litigation to remain steadfast. This is important for the organization itself and for the deceased who wished to support the organization financially.

We know that most organizations accepting charitable gifts lack the resources to finance complex legal issues. At the same time, we want to let these charities know that legal options do exist that could provide a remedy. Our advice to charitable organizations having difficulty receiving their gifts is to contact an estate planning lawyer. This simple step can often open the door to a legal remedy that satisfies all involved parties.

Our attorneys urge you to visit our website where you will find additional information about trust litigation in the state of Florida. We also invite you to reach out to our staff for more personalized solutions.

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