Probate Litigation

Probate Litigation

When a probate case turns into a disputed matter, it is important to work with a skilled probate litigation attorney who not only has knowledge of California probate law but also a firm grasp of the civil litigation process. Although a matter may be heard in Probate Court, the civil litigation rules apply, including those of discovery, evidence, and motion practice.

At Galati Law, we put our knowledge of California probate law and litigation experience to work for our clients. We use these skills to find practical solutions to minimize expensive litigation or avoid trial. But when matters simply cannot be resolved without trial, we have the litigation experience to effectively and thoroughly handle your contested matter.

Often, probate matters flow smoothly through the court system. However, in some probate situations, disputes arise that may lead to litigation. All too often, litigation arises when there are large sums of money, property, and other valuable assets at stake. There can be disputes over the validity of the will, how an estate will be distributed, beneficiary claims, and poor estate management. Galati Law handles all aspects of probate litigation, including:

  • contests regarding the validity of wills and concerns of undue influence, fraud, coercion, duress, lack of capacity, proper will execution, and testamentary intent
  • trustees’ and executors’ accounts
  • defense or prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty and/or estate mismanagement
  • beneficiary inheritance claims