For many San Diego residents, the probate process can seem like one of the most mysterious parts of the legal system. They know that this is a process that usually needs to be completed when a loved one dies, but oftentimes they have no idea how the process actually works. Although many probate cases can proceed smoothly, when litigation arises due to contested issues, the process can become quite complex.
Planning for probate litigation
A “will contest” is usually one of the more common reasons why probate litigation could arise and become drawn out. In essence, a will contest means that someone is challenging the terms of the will or estate plan in question – for any number of potential reasons. When this occurs, the executor of the estate, as well as other family members who have a stake in seeing a positive result, need to plan carefully for how to proceed.
Probate litigation can be especially tricky because it oftentimes involves two things that almost everyone cares deeply about – family and money. Not only might there be complex legal issues involved in the case, there might also be emotional turmoil as family members or others close to the deceased person fight over what happens to the estate in question.
To properly plan for probate litigation, San Diego area residents need to know what to expect. At our law firm, we do our best to attempt to make sure that our clients understand how the probate process works, as well as what options are available. We understand that keeping costs down while working toward a solution is usually paramount. For more information, please visit the probate litigation overview section of our law firm’s website.