Probate Litigation

Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon his or her death. Attorneys refer to the entity that owns the decedent's assets until those assets are distributed as an "estate." While many probate matters flow smoothly through the court system, some generate disputes resulting in litigation. When a probate case turns into a probate litigation case, a skilled probate litigation attorney is needed to deal with the complex legal issues. When litigation or the threat of litigation occurs during the probate process, turn to us. We represent beneficiaries, executors and administrators by applying our knowledge of California estate law to protect our clients' rights and claims. The proper distribution of estates is a complex and time consuming process. Sometimes, there are disagreements concerning distribution of property and the true intentions of the deceased. You may be entitled to part of an estate, or a larger share of the estate, but have been denied your share. If litigation or the threat of litigation occurs during the estate distribution process, we will handle any litigation of the estate.

We represent estate beneficiaries and administrators or executors in California estate litigation to protect your rights and claims. We also represent executors, personal representatives, and administrators of estates accused of breaching their fiduciary duty. We know what strategies and tactics work best when defending against these claims.

Some the matters we handle in this area include:
Will Contests, including lack of capacity, undue influence, fraud, duress, coercion;
Breach of Fiduciary Duties;
Estate Administration Issues;
Executor and Administration Issues; and Representation of Executors, Administrators or Trustees.