Estate and Trust Disputes
Although planning ahead should always focus on minimizing the potential for disputes entirely, this is not always an option. When there’s confusion about someone’s intentions or a belief that someone was unfairly influenced, estate disputes can emerge. The right help from a knowledgeable San Jose lawyer can go a long way towards addressing these complex and very important concerns.
The legal system for estate administration and probate in California is geared to allow for a relatively streamlined process to pass on your assets. When this does not work as intended, or when a will or trust has been created by someone who lacks the capacity to know what they want and what they are agreeing to you may have grounds to pursue an estate or trust dispute. The same rules apply in situations when someone is coerced into a document that overrides his or her free will to decide.
An estate dispute might be the most appropriate option for someone who wishes to use the courts to seek justice and fairness that you deserve and apply the correct laws to protect you as the rightful heir. Probate trust and estate litigation is a complex and specialized area of the law, but the right lawyer can make a difference.
The majority of litigated cases in this area require multiple complaints and petitions on different but still connected subjects such as undue influence claims, financial elder abuse, probate procedures, creditors' claims and incapacity issues.
To successfully navigate a comprehensive and complex case such as these, it is essential to work directly with an attorney who has extensive experience in order to apply all relevant California laws as they relate to wills, estates, trusts and probate. Knowing that you are working with an attorney who has extensive experience in this field can give you a great deal of peace of mind when you have a question or concern about the way that a trust, estate or a will is being handled.
Don’t wait too long and make things more difficult for everyone involved in the dispute. Get legal help right away to manage conflicts effectively.