Trust & Estate Litigation

Briol & Benson represents trustees and beneficiaries in disputes involving trusts, including claims regarding breach of fiduciary duty, failure to inform and report to beneficiaries, and trustee removal actions. These cases often involve allegations of using trust assets for the trustee’s own benefit, failing to properly invest trust assets, failing to provide an accurate accounting, and making improper distributions. Our attorneys are prepared to represent you in financial fraud allegations and alleged malfeasance.  

Notable Cases

Briol defends $50 million deathbed gift from dissatisfied heirs.

Briol served as lead trial counsel for the recipient of a $50 million gift in a hotly contested will dispute involving the estate of a prominent member of the Minneapolis business and arts communities. The heirs alleged undue influence resulting from the recipient’s long-standing relationship with the deceased. The case was resolved by settlement.

Briol represents widow in trust dispute who was then granted nearly the entire estate.

Briol represented the beneficiary of a will engaged in dispute with her deceased husband’s child from a previous marriage concerning the interpretation of the will bequeathing almost $28,000,000 in devises. The deceased husband’s child sought 50% of the estate. On summary judgment the trial court construed the will in our client’s favor, and she was essentially granted the entire estate.