Probate

Los Angeles Probate Lawyers Serving Southern California

Greenacre Law’s status as a leading Real Estate Law Firm means that we follow real estate wherever it goes – including into Probate Court.

When a family member or friend passes, the heartbreak and stress can be compounded by the enormous bureaucratic mess left behind. A Probate Attorney can help navigate the process and protect the rights of you and other heirs from opportunistic bad actors.

What is a Probate?

“Probate” literally means “To Prove.” It is a process where the Court handles the business of distributing a deceased person’s assets under the law. This includes:

  • Verifying a Will, or other testamentary document
  • Verifying if there is no Will
  • Verifying the proper heirs and inheritors of an Estate
  • Identifying debts and creditors of the Estate and making sure they are paid
  • Overseeing the sale of Estate assets including Real Estate
  • Appointing Administrators, Special Administrators, Personal Representatives, or other roles necessary for carrying out all these steps.

While an undisputed probate can be a straightforward, the Probate Courts have exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction over a variety of other litigation matters, which include:

  • Disputes about who is the proper Administrator or Personal Representative of the Estate and whether that person is mismanaging their responsibilities
  • Disputes about whether real estate belongs to the Estate or Trust, resulting in a Probate Code, §850 Petition, also known as a “Heggstad Petition”
  • Disputes about the validity of a Will or Trust due to Elder Abuse, Undue Influence, Fraud, or other grounds for invalidating these documents
  • Conservatorship proceedings
  • Lawsuits by and against the decedent or the Estate or Trust itself

Greenacre Law’s Probate Attorneys have experience in the most complex Probate matters. A few representative examples include:

  • Twenty Million Dollar ($20,000,000) litigation against a Trophy Wife trying to steal all of the inheritance of decedent’s two children.
  • Ten Million Dollar ($10,000,000) litigation between siblings over parent’s estate which owned multiple multi-million-dollar commercial properties throughout Los Angeles County.
  • Multiple complex cases involving a “Probate-within-a-Probate” where the Administrator or Heir of decedent’s estate also dies.
  • Multiple family disputes involving one or two siblings who lived with decedent and either tricking decedent into signing over the family home or forging documents to that effect.

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