Certain types of disputes can be litigated in Federal court, in addition to state court.
In general, disputes that deal with a federal topic, such as a federal government pension or a benefit governed by ERISA, may be litigated in federal court. Disputes that concern only a probate matter may not be litigated in federal court. Other inheritance disputes, such as litigation over a trust or a pay on death designation, may be litigated in federal court if there is federal jurisdiction.
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