Posts Categorized: Trust Contests

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Bad Bay Area Trustee: What’s a Beneficiary to do?

What happens when the Trustee of your parents' Trust treats you poorly? Perhaps the Trustee does not return your phone calls, or he/she doesn't give you copies of the Trust, or he/she refuses to provide you any information about the Trust assets. What is a trust beneficiary to do under these difficult circumstances? Albertson & Davidson, LLP partner, Keith A. ...

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Shark Week: The (True) Financial Cost of Bay Area Trust and Will Litigation

Let’s face it, lawyers have bad reputations, including being greedy opportunists, lazy, driving sports cars, and not really caring about their clients’ needs. I think part of that has to do with the surrounding circumstances—almost always bad—when it comes to hiring a lawyer. But our not so good reputations also come from not properly setting our clients expectations regarding the ...

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Bay Area Trustees Must Provide Beneficiaries and Heirs with Copies of California Trusts, Last Wills, and Amendments

I get calls every week from Bay Area Trust, Last Will, and Estate beneficiaries complaining that they can’t get their brother or sister, who is the Trustee and Executor of their parents’ estate plan, to provide copies of the parents’ estate plan after the parents have died. In response to these calls, I usually suggest the following. First, send a ...

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The Basics of Bay Area Financial Elder Abuse Lawsuits

There are four basic elements that must be proven in a Bay Area Financial Elder Abuse lawsuit: 1. the vulnerability of the victim, 2. the elder abuser's apparent authority, 3. the actions or tactics used by the elder abuser, and 4. the equity of the result. I've provided more information on California Financial Elder Abuse lawsuits in the video below.

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Blended Families: Problems That Arise in Bay Area Trusts and Wills With Mixed Families

Second marriages and children from prior marriages make for a messy Trust estate and administration. Especially when one or more children are excluded from the Trust. In this video, Keith A. Davidson discusses some of the problems step-parent relationships present in San Francisco Bay Area Trust and Will lawsuits.  

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California’s Financial Elder Abuse Act: A Case for Bringing a Financial Elder Abuse Lawsuit in Bay Area Trust and Will Contests

Trust and Will Contests in Probate Court Traditionally Trust and Will beneficiaries who have been written out of their parents’, family members’, or friends’ Trust or Will were limited to filing a Trust Contest or a Will Contest in a Bay Area Probate Court of the county where the parent, family member, or friend died. For example, if the parent ...

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