AlvaradoSmith’s Probate, Trusts & Estates practice group provides legal services in all aspects of the probate arena. Its clients include professional fiduciaries and creditors of entities subject to the California Probate Code, families and individuals.
Our team of attorneys has substantial experience in defending, as well as prosecuting or contesting, a will or trust. Typically, claims are made that the creator of the will and/or trust was not competent to execute the instrument, or that the instrument was the product of undue influence. We have substantial experience working with necessary experts in the field of competency and undue influence. In other instances, an estate may have a claim to property held by another. As experienced litigation professionals, we are fully capable of competently handling any contested proceeding in this area of practice.
Our attorneys also have the sensitivity to appropriately handle family discord in the matter. We provide guidance through the entire process, recommend the appropriate legal documents to accomplish the client’s goals, implement the plan and work with the client’s team (e.g. accountant and/or financial planner) to ensure that they have a quality estate plan for their family.
Conservatorships & Guardianships
From simple wills to revocable living trusts, AlvaradoSmith provides all the services necessary to help clients avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, reduce family conflict, engage in charitable giving and provide for their loved ones after death, including: