When an individual knowingly alters, creates, or uses a written document intending to commit a fraud, they have committed forgery. This is also true when the written document created is a California will or trust. Sometimes, a will or trust is forged in order to create a benefit or gain for the individual committing the forgery. If you suspect that the will or trust of your loved one was forged, contact an experienced California probate litigation lawyer immediately for guidance.
In order to protect the assets of an estate in which a will was fraudulently created, it is vital that action be taken quickly. The following is a list of questions to ask if you suspect a will forgery in California:
- Does it appear that someone intended to create a fraudulent will?
- Was the decedent’s signature executed without his or her authorization?
- Was the decedent’s will altered without his or her permission?
- Was the decedent’s will falsely created without the knowledge of the decedent?
- Does the forgery prejudice, damage, or defraud someone out of money, an interest in property, or other legal rights?
- Has the individual who allegedly committed the forgery attempted to use the will and assert or represent to someone else that it is genuine?
Forgery of a will or trust is not always straightforward. This type of claim can be complex and requires the guidance of an attorney experienced in handling will or trust contest matters. To learn more about the process of contesting a will or a trust, view our free guide The Ultimate Guide to California Trust and Probate Litigation. For more information about bringing a claim alleging forgery or other will or trust litigation matters, contact an experienced San Diego probate litigation attorney today for guidance. Call the Grossman Law Firm at (888) 443-6590.
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