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Probate, Trust and Estate Litigation

The probate process (and administration of a living trust) are generally uneventful and proceed smoothly.  However, when significant assets are at stake, or if documents are not carefully drafted, it is not uncommon for a dispute to arise.

We have represented clients in connection with:

  • Will and trust contests
  • Claims by beneficiaries
  • Challenges to the validity of a will, such as allegations of lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, coercion, undue influence, improper execution, lack of capacity
  • Cases involving potential abuse by caregivers under Prob. Code section 21350
  • Representation of executors
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Disputes over estate management
  • Disputes over executors’ accounting

We have represented clients in all phases of probate litigation, from the pre-trial phase, in mediations, at trial, or on appeal. We represent beneficiaries of estates, administrators and executors. We also represent individuals and corporations accused of breaching a fiduciary duty.