After losing a loved one, battling over the assets of the deceased is often stressful and draining—both mentally and emotionally. One would think that obtaining the inheritance that is rightfully yours would be a straightforward process. If you are named as the beneficiary in a will or a trust, or if you are the lawful heir to an estate under California law, it would seem obvious that you should be given what is yours without a fight. Unfortunately, obtaining your inheritance is not always so simple. Our free trust litigation guide provides an overview of what to expect during the trust or estate litigation process, as well as the actions that you can take in order to finally receive the property that you are entitled to.
What circumstances could potentially cause an inheritance to be withheld?
Examples of circumstances which could potentially delay or prevent you from receiving your rightful inheritance include:
- Disputes over the terms of a California will or trust
- Battles over whether a will or trust is valid
- Disagreements as to when property from a will or trust should be distributed
What should I do if the trustee or personal representative of an estate in California is refusing to distribute my inheritance?
If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, take the following steps:
- Carefully read this free trust litigation guide for an overview of the trust and probate litigation process.
- Contact an experienced estate litigation attorney at the Grossman Law Firm for guidance and protection of your legal rights.
- Obtain copies of the will, trust, death certificate, and any other estate documents.
- Keep accurate records of all communications surrounding the matter of your inheritance.
- Read this article for more information on getting a distribution and find out if we can help you!
What if another beneficiary or heir is arguing that I’m not entitled to an inheritance?
Sometimes these disputes will arise over a poorly drafted will or trust. Other times, someone may argue that the property you were set to inherit did not actually belong to the decedent. There are many claims that another beneficiary or heir could attempt to make in order to try to block your inheritance. Fortunately, a knowledgeable trust litigation attorney can help you overcome these hurdles and receive the inheritance that you are entitled to. Our free guide, created by attorney Scott Grossman, provides an overview of what you might expect during this process.