Legal Disputes over Wills and Estates
Even when a person leaves behind a will after his or her death, there might
still be issues that lead to probate litigation. If you are trying to
contest a will or trust, then don't hesitate to call one of our
San Ramon probate lawyers. We can make sure that your rights as a beneficiary are properly protected.
Probate litigation generally occurs when someone makes legal challenges
concerning how a will was established or how the will or estate is being
executed. These types of legal disputes are often carried out by close
family members who are beneficiaries of the estate, though other parties
who have interest in the estate could also be the ones to carry out litigation.
In certain cases, someone might challenge a will because that person believes
he or she received an unfair amount from it, or even because he or she
is a close family member who was completely excluded from the will. Here
are a few of the many reasons why probate litigation might occur:
- A party of interest might contest the validity of the will. For example,
the party might claim the will is invalid due to the occurrence of fraud,
procedural mistakes, undue influence or a lack of the testator's legal
or mental capacity (testamentary capacity) at the time that the will was
- A party is disputing how the decedent's property was accounted for.
- A party is claiming that there has been a breach of fiduciary duty, such
as by an executor or trustee.
A party wants to change a guardianship or
How Our San Ramon Probate Lawyers Can Help
At Blackwell, Santaella & Jahangiri LLP, our
San Ramon estate planning attorneys can help you and your family with your probate litigation needs, whether
you are challenging a major problem with how your loved one's estate
is being handled or you need defense against the claims of others. In
addition to handling these matters after they reach court, we also help
clients implement the right
estate planning solutions so they can have better chances of preventing probate litigation
from occurring in the future. Do not hesitate to
contact us so we can help you strategize how to handle your case in court.