Posts tagged "Trust and Probate Litigation"
Let’s say that your loved one passed away recently. They left a will, but something unexpected has happened: someone came forward to challenge its validity. In addition to mourning the loss of your loved one, you now have a will contest on your hands.
The fate of a Hawaiian princess’s fortune may not seem applicable to most Californians’ lives, but her case reflects a reality that many trustees and elderly heirs face every day.
It happens every day: someone in California dies without a will. Sometimes the person meant to sit down with an attorney to create a will and in many other situations, they believed they were too young or healthy to think about wills or trusts. No matter what the reason, the absence of a will means that their estate will be required to go through probate.
In January 2018, a lawsuit was filed in California regarding the estate of the singer James Brown. It is one of more than a dozen challenges filed since his death in 2006, and their steady stream means that the underprivileged children he hoped to help as well his other beneficiaries have not received any of the assets intended for them.
Probate litigation and disputes between family members after a loved one dies and their estate is administered are two of the worst heart-wrenching and time-consuming things that can happen in the area of estate planning and probate law. When beneficiaries and family members squabble over another person's assets because the grantor had an incomplete will, a will that wasn't current, or was influenced by outside source in an undue fashion, the litigation can be painful, costly, and stressful.