Glendora, San Bernardino Attorney
When a loved one dies and the probate process begins, a number of variables come into play for the first time. For example, the person may have died without a will. In other cases, there is a trust or will, but it gives nothing to a certain family member, who then becomes upset. In still other situations, the will or trust may leave everything to a mere acquaintance or someone the family suspects of wrongdoing.
At the Law Offices of Duane P. Booth, we understand the emotional stress involved in family disputes over inheritance, and will approach your case with care and respect. We represent people who wish to challenge a will or trust, and those who maintain that the will or trust is valid. San Bernardino will contest lawyer Duane P. Booth has more than 20 years experience handling contested probate in California courts.
Reasons for Will Contests
There are a variety of ways to contest a will in court. We are ready to sit down with you and explain the options you have.
- Fraud and undue influence: If your loved one was coerced or pressured to leave assets to an acquaintance or caretaker, for example, instead of family members, the will may be contested.
- Mental capacity: To make a valid will, a person must be able to meet certain legal requirements concerning his or her mental state and clarity of thought.
- Formalities: Wills must be written down, signed and witnessed.
- Elder Abuse
- Improper signage
Creating a trust is an important step in estate planning. If you have a trust fund, you want to be sure that it is administered as you intend. Unfortunately, some trustees do not follow the terms of the trust, using trust assets for their own benefit instead.
If you feel that your trustee is acting improperly, we can help you. We will listen to you and make sure we understand what is happening, then we will take action, including asking the court to remove the trustee, if necessary. On the other hand, if a beneficiary steals or damages trust property, we are ready to represent the trustee in a suit against the beneficiary, at an affordable rate. More about the attorney's rates can be found here.
Contact an Experienced and Trusted Attorney
Free Probate and Trust Consultations
If you are contemplating a will contest or trust litigation, we are here to help. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, call toll free at 866-776-7608, or in San Bernardino call 909-963-1323. You can also contact us online.
For your convenience, we have offices in Glendora and San Bernardino. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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