Effective Trust Contest Representation

If there is any question regarding the validity of a will or trust, we can confidently help navigate you through the challenging process. 

El Dorado Hills Trust Contest Attorney

Representation in Disputed Trust Administration Proceedings in Sacramento

A trust contest or dispute is when an heir or beneficiary seeks to formally change the terms of an inheritance, bequest, or gift that is stated in their loved one’s trust after that person has passed away. A beneficiary or trustee may need to retain the assistance of an attorney for a number of reasons, and litigating a disagreement or contest may be one of them.

At Yonano Law Offices, P.C., we are proud to offer experienced representation in trust and probate legal services to clients throughout Northern California. We assist clients in El Dorado County, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Roseville.

Yonano Law Offices, P.C. can help those facing the following situations:

  • Legal actions to remove the trustee from his or her position of power
  • Questions regarding the actions of the trustee
  • Complications regarding fiduciary duty
  • Questions regarding the validity of the trust
  • Questions regarding actions from the trustee that have negatively affected beneficiaries

How to Contest a Trust in California

If you are a beneficiary who needs to contest a trust, it is best to first consult with an experienced attorney for trust contests. Our team can help examine the unique facts of your case and weigh the financial and emotional impacts of contesting the trust.

Should you decide to pursue the contest, the next step would be to file a petition in the county where the trust administration is taking place. The involved trustee will send you "Notice of Irrevocability" which lays out the deadlines for filing your contest.

Afterwards, our team can work to investigate all information and witnesses pertinent to the contest. We will gather all evidence needed to prove your claim for a trust contest.

Winning a contest generally requires an individual to prove either:

  • There was undue influence by another party, and this party then benefitted from that influence
  • The person who drafted the trust lacked legal mental capacity or was not in their right mind when they signed their trust
  • There was fraud in procuring the trust documents

Retain Yonano Law Offices, P.C. Today

Every case is different, and you may be facing unique complications. With the assistance of our attorney, you could see a favorable settlement or resolution to your situation. If you are questioning any portion of a trust, or if you are interested in filing a lawsuit or removing an individual from his or her trustee duties, work with Yonano Law Offices, P.C. today.

    Dedicated Counsel in Administration, Contests & Litigation Cases

    At Yonano Law Offices, P.C., we understand that settling a trust litigation or related contested issue is important and we will diligently strive to help you resolve the situation in a timely and efficient manner. We have experience resolving simple and complex probate cases swiftly and we are ready to help our clients by providing the most efficient and dependable representation possible. If you are questioning any portion of a trust, working with an experienced trust contest lawyer in El Dorado Hills can make all the difference.

    For more information about how our office can help you, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

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    - Michael & Shanna

    Decades of Experience Backed By a Mission to Guide & Protect Our Clients

    • We have handled probate cases for more than 28 years.
    • We are a full-service litigation firm serving all of Northern California.
    • Attorney Yonano is a member of several U.S. District Courts & U.S. Supreme Court Bar.
    • Attorney Yonano is a certified and licensed California real estate broker.

    The Timeline for Contesting a Trust

    In California, a trustee is required to give notice to all beneficiaries of a trust. Under California Probate Code Section 1606.7, a trust contest must then be initiated within 120 days after the beneficiary receives this notice. This 120-day statute of limitations may be extended for up to 60 days if the beneficiary asks for a copy of the trust after they receive notice, or the statute of limitations remains open if notice was never given by the trustee. Even in these cases, however, it is important to act quickly. Should a beneficiary fail to contest the trust withing 120 days, they lose the right to do so in the future.

    Efficient Administration to Avoid a Trust Contest

    If you have been named a trustee, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused about the task at hand and what your role in the administration of the estate may be. Yonano Law Offices, P.C. understands that this process can be overwhelming, but with the assistance of our firm you could successfully fulfill your duties and resolve any trust contest matters.

    Work with us to:

    • Understand the trust documentation and help identify all assets, income, and beneficiaries named in the trust
    • File all paperwork and notices in a timely manner pursuant to California state law
    • Determine whether there are any outstanding debts and ensure that they are paid in a timely manner
    • Help keep beneficiaries and all individuals involved with the trust informed of any legal actions that may affect them
    • Identify any taxes related to the trust and ensure that they are filed and paid to avoid any complications with the Internal Revenue Service
    • Inventory all assets named in the trust for the benefit of the heirs and beneficiaries

    If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of a trust, you can rely on our office for help to resolve your issues as quickly and effectively as possible. Let us help you take the stress out of your matter. Call (916) 343-8488.

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