The law for California will contests, probate litigation, and trust litigation is mostly found in the California Probate Code.
Articles about Estate Litigation
Generally, from a beneficiary’s perspective, the difference between trust litigation and financial elder abuse litigation is when the money or property was wrongfully taken.
If a trustee has mismanaged assets or property, which caused a significant loss of value, the first thing you want to do is determine how the estate was mismanaged.
If your parent had previously executed a will, and you believe that it has since been changed, it is possible that he or she was the victim of undue influence. You may be able to contest the will in the probate court and have it rendered invalid.
Generally, if you were the beneficiary named in a California trust, you have the right to see a copy of the trust instrument, provided that your rights have vested. If your rights as a beneficiary have vested, you can request a copy of the trust instrument directly from the trustee.
I suspect that the trustee of a California trust is engaged in wrongdoing-More about requesting a bond
If you have reason to suspect that the trustee of a trust in San Diego is engaged in wrongdoing and you have an interest in the trust property, requesting a bond can provide some protection. A beneficiary can petition the Court to order the Trustee produce a bond. The bond serves as a safeguard. If the trustee engages in wrongdoing, the bonding company will pay the costs.
If a disabled person is about to receive a substantial inheritance, these assets can be lost if proper action is not taken. Receiving financial inheritances can result in a disabled person’s disqualification from receiving certain benefits, such as social security or Medi-Cal.
What steps should I take if I suspect a breach of fiduciary duty in probate while the settlor of the trust was still alive?
With the recent decision of the California Supreme Court in the case involving the Estate of Giraldin, beneficiaries now have even greater rights against trustees.