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Attorneys at Young Moore understand the sensitive dynamics of estate litigation and fiduciary disputes. Our firm’s wealth of estate planning and administration experience provides substantial insight into the legal and practical duties of fiduciaries, including executors, administrators, trustees, guardians and agents appointed pursuant to power of attorneys. When scenarios do not play out as intended, Young Moore represents clients in estate, trust, fiduciary and guardianship disputes.
In cases of self-dealing, misappropriation of assets, and other breaches of fiduciary duty, we advocate for beneficiaries. We also assist with challenges to the legitimacy of wills, trusts, beneficiary designations and other documents procured by undue influence, fraud or tortious interference of others. In appropriate cases, we pursue the modification or termination of irrevocable trusts, the removal of executors or trustees, or the recovery of assets fraudulently transferred from trusts.
Who we are
- John N. Hutson, Jr., leader of Young Moore's Estate Litigation Team, has more than 35 years of litigation experience and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers® in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation (2011-2020) where he is also listed among the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina (2016, 2018, 2020) and the Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh (2016). He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation-Trusts and Estates (2013-2020) and among Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the area of Litigation (2010-2020).
- Team member, Stephen A. Brown, is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in Trusts and Estates (2019, 2020) and in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the area of Tax/Estate Planning (2019).
- Rudy Ogburn, leader of Young Moore’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group encompassing the Estate Litigation Team, is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He was selected by Best Lawyers©2017 as Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for the Raleigh Metro area and voted number one in the category of Tax/Estate Planning by Business North Carolina's Legal Elite for 2020. He is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina (2014–2020) and the Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh (2015–2020) in the area of Estate Planning and Probate by North Carolina Super Lawyers.
- As a multidisciplinary business law firm, our clients benefit by having supporting counsel available in other areas including business law, real estate, litigation, regulatory and administrative law, and employment law.