Trusts & Estate Litigation
Litigation over wills, trusts, Conservatorship, and elder abuse if full of complex rules and remedies. It is apparent and self evident that Trust and Probate matters can be complicated and may often be intertwined with emotions that may be a result of grief over loss of a loved one, lack of communication with a family member, or loss of trust in a fiduciary. You need to talk to an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the process and who understands how you feel. We communicate constantly with out clients in an effort to achieve the best possible results while providing aggressive, high quality, and compassionate representation. We make sure to be accessible to our clients and thorough in our preparation. Our attorneys bring their years of experience to help resolve contentious and sensitive legal conflicts.
Under California Probate Code Section 16061.7, notice must be sent within 60 days of the death of a settlor and allows the recipient of the notice to request a copy of the trust. After receiving the mailed notice, the recipient has 120 days from the date of mailing to file a trust contest. If no contest is filed within a 120 days, then the notice recipient may forfeit their right to file a contest.
Always proceed with caution and consult an attorney as contesting the trust may be in violation of a "no contest clause" which would result in the beneficiary losing their inheritance.
- Trust litigation encompasses a wide range of issues including:
- Trust fraud
- Undue influence
- Breach of a fiduciary duty
- Trust misappropriation and mismanagement
- Questioning the validity of trusts with allegations of fraud, duress, undue influence, coercion, lack of capacity, proper trust formation, and diverting from the trustor's intent
- Trustee failure to determine value of assets prior to sale
- Trustee failure in annual accounting and reporting
- Creditor claims
- Lack of mental capacity
- Failure to pay beneficiaries
- Payment to wrong beneficiaries
- Trust Accounting
- Trust Administration
Please contact our office today at 310-914-3222 from the greater Los Angeles area or 714-280-0601 from Orange County. Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready serve your needs clients in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Culver City, Encino, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, Westlake Village and throughout Southern California.