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08 '17

The 8 stages of Trust and Estate Litigation

Most of our clients have never been involved in a lawsuit, so when we represent new clients in litigation we inform them of what to expect throughout the case. Each...
17
03 '20

Top 6 Essential Estate Planning Documents

Clients who have never had an estate plan often ask what estate planning documents are included in a basic estate plan. Although every situation is different, and many individuals or...
26
02 '20

Common Questions about Probate Answered by a Lawyer

Do I need a probate lawyer? With a few exceptions, people are generally allowed to represent themselves in probate court.  However, in litigated (or “contested”) cases—when there is a dispute...
19
02 '20

What is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship?

It’s easy to confuse guardianships and conservatorships because the meaning of the terms varies from state to state. In some states, the term “guardian” means a person with legal authority...
03
07 '19

Zuckerberg’s Hawaii Estate: New Face of Neocolonialism

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported on Mark Zuckerberg’s latest attempt to purchase protected Hawaiian land parcels within his surrounding $100 million Kauai estate. Since late 2016, the billionaire Facebook...
16
03 '19

The 8 Stages of California Trust & Estate Litigation: Appeal

A party that loses at trial in a trust or estate dispute generally has a right to appeal. California Probate Code Sections 1300-1304 enumerate the appealable orders in proceedings governed...