Here’s what a few recent clients have said:
Abuse of Power of Attorney
I wanted to sue a sibling who used a Power of Attorney to name herself beneficiary on all retirement/savings accounts of my mother when my mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. My mother always desired that her estate be split equally among her children. When I discovered that the bulk of her estate passed outside of the Will (and directly to my sister) due to use of a power of attorney designation, I hired Aitkens Law Firm to pursue my claims. Robert and Terri are well versed in handling abuse of powers of attorney and breach of fiduciary duties. They have expertise in dealing with geriatric doctors and neurologists who treat patients with dementia. They know how to discover needed information and pursue claims against fiduciaries who have unduly influenced the elderly. They aggressively pursued my claims for breach of fiduciary duty against the power of attorney holder, and we were able to resolve the claims prior to trial of the case.
Tim from Jacksonville, FL
My mother suffered a catastrophic injury when a tractor trailer truck illegally backed across a roadway causing the collision. She suffered severe damages and was hospitalized for over three months before she died at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. I lived in Missouri at the time and searched on line for an attorney who handled wrongful death and estate litigation in Georgia. I hired Aitkens Law Firm to pursue claims for wrongful death and pain and suffering, and to assist me in the administration of my mother’s estate. Robert and Terri were complete professionals and walked me through every phase of the litigation and estate administration. They were always available to discuss my needs and very caring and sensitive to the pain my sisters and I endured re-living the ordeal. We were successful in settling the case prior to trial and were extremely pleased with the outcome we achieved. Not only were they helpful during the case, but I feel like I have made a life-long friend.
Chrissy from Granite City, Illinois
Breach of Trust
My Grandfather executed a Trust for me and my sister in 2006 and funded it with an annuity. The Trust proceeds were to be paid to me when I turned 21 years of age. However, he died in 2008 and the successor Trustee lived outside of Ga. When I turned 21, I contacted the Trustee to inquire about my Trust funds. The Trustee told me the funds were to be used only for education and if I wasn’t attending school full time, I was not entitled to receive the funds. The Trustee then offered to settle my claims for a nominal sum if I would release her, knowing I was young and in need of money. Although I requested a copy of the Trust, the Trustee would not provide one to me. I called Aitkens Law Firm and they were very receptive to my needs and agreed to take my case to obtain and review the Trust and to represent me against the Trustee. Within one week, I had a copy of my Trust, a copy of the annuity that funded the Trust, and I had discovered that the Trust was not earmarked for education. Terri Aitkens prepared and sent a demand letter to the Trustee informing her that if the matter was not resolved, we would file suit and seek damages for fraud, misrepresentation, and egregious breach of fiduciary duties. We obtained a settlement of my case within a week of the demand. I was compensated by the Trustee for all of the proceeds due me, plus interest and attorneys fees. I was very impressed with the aggressive handling of my case and the prompt resolution of it.
Mick from Georgia
My husband died tragically and after his death, his partners tried to take advantage of the situation and not pay amounts due his estate pursuant to a Buy/Sell agreement. I hired Aitkens Law Firm to pursue the claims associated with the business venture, as well as handle all aspects of administering my husband’s estate. I was impressed with how aggressive, but professional, they were during the litigation process. They were extremely sensitive and protective of my feelings during the intense litigation. We were able to gain a resolution of all claims prior to a trial on the issues. I was also impressed with their ability to communicate with me and explain to me in layman’s terms the intricacies involved in both the litigation and the estate administration. This was a very difficult time in my life, and I appreciate their genuine concern for my situation and their steadfast diligence in resolving all of my legal needs.
Jane from Georgia
Will Contest and Undue Influence
My father was elderly and suffering from dementia when he signed a new Will and Trust leaving most of his assets in trust. All of my inheritance was subject to the control of one of my siblings who did not like me and would stop at nothing to deprive me of any distributions from my father’s estate. I knew that this was not the desire of my father, when in his right mind. A caveat of the Will was required and the Trust contained conflicting provisions. So, I hired Aitkens & Aitkens, P.C. to assist me in getting my fair share of my father’s estate, free of control from my sibling. This case involved a pour-over Will and a problematic Trust, a complicated estate and financial empire, and obstacles to my accessing relevant financial information. My representation involved a review and understanding of sophisticated financial documentation on many corporate levels. I was extremely happy with the result that Terri and Robert Aitkens were able to achieve for me. I believe, had it not been for their persistence and tenacity, I would never have received the large settlement that I received.
Len, from Georgia