Probate Litigation Services For Clients Throughout Southern California
The death of a loved one often brings out raw emotions. After the dust begins to settle on the loss, it is not uncommon for heirs and beneficiaries of the estate to feel left out or upset about the terms of the decedent’s last will or terms of a trust.
A trustee or the executor of a will do not have unlimited powers to do whatever he or she wants. Everyone has options, but it’s important to know what they are.
I am attorney Ahmed Shaikh. If you are involved in a dispute or litigation matter involving estate fraud, inheritance rights or a probate decision in Southern California, call me. As a board-certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law,* I can help you resolve your dispute through skillful negotiations or aggressive representation in court, if trial is necessary.
From my office in Tustin, I represent clients in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Riverside County. From wherever you are in Southern California, call toll free (866) 403-5295 or contact me by email to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Orange County trust litigation attorney.
Our Dispute Resolution And Litigation Services
We represent parties in any litigation where a family member feels aggrieved because of either the process or the substance involved with a will, a living trust or other document. It is not necessary that there be a court date scheduled before you do something. There are often deadlines imposed for certain legal actions, so do not delay in calling as soon as you realize there may be a dispute on the horizon.
Trust and probate litigation can become a major strain on family finances and relationships. It doesn’t have to be that way. In many instances, contesting the will or terms of the trust may be worth it financially — in other cases, it won’t. Many people don’t realize that bringing a case to court often takes a year or more to resolve.
Probate is the court-supervised process of administering an estate with respect to assets that are regarded as “probate property.” Assets such as life insurance benefits, pension funds and qualified retirement accounts — which get passed to the beneficiary by contract — are not subject to probate.
A probate may occur even when there is a revocable living trust when there are assets not properly “funded” in the trust. This simply means assets need to be registered appropriately.
It is important to remember that probate is a process, not an event. Many people make the mistake of thinking that probate must be avoided at all costs. This does not have to be the case. In fact, the legal probate court process often helps eliminate disputes and litigation regarding the appropriate distribution of estate assets. Although probate in California is certainly not a quick process, it can be orderly.
It is always best to stay on top of this process in order to make sure that all of the stakeholders’ needs are addressed. The person responsible for handling the estate is typically known as executor or if there is no last will and testament, an administrator. This person has a “fiduciary” responsibility, which means a wide range of rules apply regarding how a person is supposed to treat funds that belong, at least in part, to other people and institutions.
Personalized Service At A Highly Personal Time For Your Family
I understand how emotional this time may be for you and your family. My goal is to help you feel comfortable throughout the probate or dispute resolution process. I treat my clients with respect, integrity and honesty. I listen intently to your needs, study your options and recommend a creative strategy that fits your individualized goals.
Call An Experienced Irvine Probate Attorney · Contested Will Litigation Lawyer
Call me toll free at (866) 403-5294 or tell me what your needs are in an email. I will respond as quickly as possible to arrange an initial consultation.
*Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization