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Probate Attorneys in San Bernardino County
No one wants to go through probate litigation. However, when probate disputes arise, an experienced San Bernardino probate attorney can resolve your issues, saving you time and expense. The Moga Law Firm has years of experience handling probate cases and works diligently to protect your interests and resolve matters in the most affordable way possible.
The purpose of probate in California
All California counties have superior courts that hear probate cases. Wills for estates valued over $150,000 must go through probate, and the court determines the legitimacy of the will, debts owed, taxes and distribution of assets to beneficiaries. In effect, probate finalizes a decedent’s financial affairs. If an individual dies intestate (without a will or trust), the court also determines beneficiaries and their portions of the estate. A Rancho Cucamonga probate attorney can represent your interests in cases involving intestacy or wills.
Types of probate conflicts
While the probate process is ongoing, disagreements may arise that the court must resolve, or in some instances disputes over an estate may land a case in probate court. When beneficiaries suspect that a will executor’s or trustee’s fiduciary actions are questionable, they may contest the executor's or trustee's management, investments, professional fees or accounting.
Some wills and trusts today have no-contest clauses, which mean that beneficiaries who contest the terms forfeit their right to receive assets. However, fiduciary misconduct is subject to probate litigation, regardless of no-contest clauses.
Common probate issues that end up in dispute include:
Settling disputes outside of court
Today more and more people resort to alternative dispute resolution to settle probate cases outside of court, which saves court costs, legal fees and time. Mediation or negotiated settlements often arrive at fair resolutions that can also reduce stress among family members. By consulting a Fontana probate attorney, you can receive valuable legal advice and guidance. Explore other alternatives before jumping into litigation and seek legal help from a professional.
Depend on knowledgeable San Bernardino probate attorneys
Call 909-931-2444 or contact The Moga Law Firm online to arrange an appointment.