Trusts are an important alternative to wills. While still ultimately subject to the Court's jurisdiction, trusts can avoid the initial court probate process that, under certain circumstances, can be expensive and time consuming. Trusts also provide an alternative to conservatorships if the client is no longer able to handle his or her own affairs.
In California there are several types of conservatorships. Conservatorships are for adults who are no longer able to handle their own affairs and who do not have other mechanisms in place, such as trusts or a power of attorney, to handle financial affairs and advanced health care directives to handle certain medical issues. Conservatorships are subject to Court oversight. The extent of the Court oversight has recently increased.
Probate & Trust Litigation
Unfortunately, some probate and trust matters result in litigation. This can include will contests, disputes among beneficiaries, disputes among trustees or trust accounting issues. Although each case is unique, we provide experience, diligence, and creativity for any situation that may arise and make sure that our clients receive the best possible outcomes.
We represent both commercial clients and individuals in all proceedings and transactions that deal with real property--land and the structures attached to it--including purchase and sale, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, zoning and quiet title actions.