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I am very sorry to hear that you had to endure this type of treatment as you were growing up as no child should have to go through that...
As to whether you could contest the trust, it would depend on whether father was mentally competent when he initially set the trust up. If he set it up long ago, then there would be the presumption that it was valid unless he was suffering from some type of illness that would have made him legally or medically incompetent at that time.
Unfortunately, there is no law that states a parent has to leave their children any of their estate if they choose not to do so for whatever reason. So you would have to prove that he was incompetent when he set up the trust in order to have a chance to contest it and have it thrown out.
I am very sorry that I don’t have better news, but please understand that I do have an ethical and professional obligation to provide customers with legally correct answers based on my knowledge and experience, even when I know the answer doesn’t make the customer happy...
Unfortunately, as I mentioned, a parent has no legal obligation to treat any heirs equally, or even leave them anything if they choose not to. The only time a child has a legal right to inherit is if a parent passes without any estate plan in place (will or trust) as then the state intestacy laws would control who inherits.
I am sorry that the news isn't better.