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Blog Posts About Trust and Will Lawsuits

Parents do not have to treat children equally in estate planning documents (Wills and Trusts). Under California Trust and Estate law, creators of a Will or Trust may leave their assets to whoever they wish, including non-family members. There is no requirement that parents provide equal treatment to their children…

When parties attend mediation and enter into a settlement agreement, sometimes they develop an uncomfortable feeling when they wake up the next morning that they were coerced into settling by the opposing party, the mediator, or their own attorney. Is it possible to overturn a settlement agreement you entered into…

Mediation seems to confuse a lot of people. But really a mediation is just a settlement conference. During mediation, parties in a lawsuit and their attorneys sit down with a neutral third-party mediator. Mediators are usually retired judges. The mediator goes back and forth between the parties and tries to…

Some Trustees ask beneficiaries to sign a waiver of accounting before making Trust distributions. Occasionally, if there are multiple beneficiaries, some of the beneficiaries may be happy to waive a formal accounting, while one beneficiary refuses. What happens if one of the beneficiaries refuses to sign a waiver of accounting?…

Sometimes there is a disconnect between lawyers and clients on how likely they believe the case is to succeed, and the monetary value of the case. Why? Litigants typically don’t think of their case in terms of monetary value. Litigants think of their case as a set of bad, often…