Wills, Trusts, and Estates Planning
Probate litigation matters in California can involve an incredible amount of detail. Finding a lawyer who can navigate through all the different required steps is therefore extremely important.
Peter C. Wittlin Attorney at Law has since 1979 represented parties involved in probate contests where wills have been challenged. The kinds of probates he has represented have involved estates of individuals residing both inside and outside of California.
While inheritance disputes between siblings and claims from multiple marriages are the most commonly portrayed types of probate litigation, many cases often involve situations of mental incapacitation of the deceased during the time of writing their will. Psychological disorders such as dementia can cause an afflicted person to appoint the wrong fiduciary due to a false lapse of judgement. Other faulty planning mistakes such as creating a non-standard estate agreement can lead to more problematic cases down the road such as will construction suits, guardianship litigations, breach of fiduciary rights, and trust modification/reformation suits, all of which are applicable towards contesting the validity of a will.
In some cases, a conservatorship may be called into action by a judge in order to ensure that finances and other intents of the will are carried out as they should and are not mishandled. Conservatorships are generally appointed in probate litigations involving mental competency and physical inability is not an uncommon occurrence in cases where the assets have been in the family for a long period of time.
Stepchildren may have rights to inherit from an individual’s estate, but are often overlooked in provisions of the will. Under equitable adoption provisions that are provided in the California Probate Code, there are means to make certain the stepchild receives his or her fair share of the estate.
The rate of litigation concerning custody over minors has also risen to become a frequent matter in Probate courts throughout California.
Peter Wittlin has represented the interests of such children in probate litigation matters. As an experienced probate attorney, he can make certain that asset distribution is fair and just. Through his years as a practicing attorney, he has received favorable outcomes in equitable adoption matters.
Real Estate Auxiliary Probate
Peter Wittlin is extremely knowledgeable regarding both real estate and probate considerations when it comes to the transference of property. In particular, he has focused on auxiliary probate matters where individuals have died outside of our state but still have property within California. His knowledge of this area and attention to detail have prevented errors from occurring when these circumstances have arisen. In each auxiliary probate matter, his guidance has provided assurances that all California laws have been followed.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Probate Litigation Issues
Contact Peter Wittlin by filling out the online contact form below with a brief description of your legal issue, or simply call his law firm at (949) 430-6366 to schedule your initial consultation. His law firm is located in Irvine, California at 8 Corporate Park Suite 300.