Los Angeles Trust Litigation Lawyer
Trusts are used to transfer or administer assets from one party to others through a third party called a trustee. While this arrangement may seem simple, disagreements between beneficiaries and trustees can make the process difficult, especially with valuable assets involved. Unlike estate administration that occurs through the court process of probate, trust administration remains a private affair until trust litigation arises.
The administration of an estate including wills and trusts commonly leads to disputes. Our seasoned Los Angeles trust litigation attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help you administer your loved one’s estate in the manner they would have wanted.
Our attorneys handle a variety of trust and estate disputes, including:
- Complex will and trust contests
- Breach of fiduciary duty, removal of fiduciaries
- Will and trust interpretation, construction and reformation
- Lack of mental capacity, fraud, duress and undue influence
- Spousal rights and meretricious relationships
- Determination of, and challenges to, heirship
- Probate litigation and estate litigation
- Federal and state tax disputes
- Attorney and fiduciary fee disputes
We have extensive experience handling probate and trust litigation matters in California courts. Most probate matters in our area are restricted to a single division within the courts, we know the practice and procedure of this division, allowing us to obtain results for our clients effectively and efficiently.
Beneficiaries under the terms of a trust necessarily rely on the competence and honesty of others to enjoy the full benefit of their rights. When a trustee’s performance falls short of what’s required under the law, the beneficiaries are entitled to bring claims in probate court. Pursuing trust litigation may help you recover losses due to neglect, dishonesty, or errors in the interpretation of the terms of a trust.
The Los Angeles trust and estate attorneys at Boyd Law litigate on behalf of beneficiaries and people otherwise interested in an estate or trust when the trustee, personal representative, attorney in fact or other fiduciary has violated a duty. Litigation may result when trustees:
- Fail to properly account to the beneficiaries
- Fail to properly marshal the assets
- Fail to properly manage the assets
- Fail to distribute the assets according to their instructions
- Misinterpret their duties under the governing instrument and under the law
At Boyd Law, the Los Angeles trust litigation attorneys advise and advocate for clients in trust litigation. If they are unable to resolve a dispute with informal discussions or through alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation or arbitration, they represent clients aggressively in court. With extensive experience handling inheritance litigation issues, our attorneys are able to use that experience to advise and represent clients.
We routinely use negotiation, mediation and arbitration to handle probate litigation and trust disputes in Los Angeles. We are often able to create creative solutions that protect our clients’ interests without the need for a full trial.
Our Los Angeles trust litigation attorneys communicate in a clear and understandable manner. We will take the time to make certain you are aware of all of the details of your case. When you have a decision to make, you will be fully aware of the possible outcomes related to each option that is available to you.
The accomplished Los Angeles attorneys of Boyd Law advise and represent parties throughout Southern California who have issues with the probate of a will or the terms of a trust. Practicing in probate court, we focus on finding a path toward a favorable outcome that minimizes the amount of an estate that is lost to excessive litigation and accompanying expenses.
Our attorneys represent you, if necessary, through will probate, will contests, estate litigation, trust litigation, tax litigation, and other lawsuits and disputes in all California venues and jurisdictions, trial and appellate. Contact us today at 310-777-0231 for a free consultation.