Just 50 or so years ago and well within my memory, Folsom, CA, was a small town where the neighborhoods were modest and people knew each other and often each other's family histories. Some things don't change - the Folsom Powerhouse is still a landmark and everyone enjoys summertime on the lake. Yet life has become more complex, and that goes for estate litigation, as well. If you're up against an estate or probate fight in Folsom, you need an attorney with the experience and professionalism to protect you and your interests.
Folsom's no longer just a small town. Today estate, trust, and probate litigation look like a daunting challenge to inexperienced attorneys, and that's why experience and a record of credibility make all the difference in effectively defending client interests. You need an estate attorney who's also a battle-hardened litigator in the areas of will contests and trust and probate law. If you have an estate case in Folsom, that normally falls under the jurisdiction of the California Superior Court in Sacramento County. Jurisdiction in estate or probate law depends on several factors, including:
- Location of the parties.
- Location of estate or trust assets.
- Location or domicile of the decedent.
- Situs of trust administration.
- Subject matter of the controversy.
In addition, you'll see these basic rules to have a Folsom probate litigation case tried or adjudicated in California Superior Court:
- There has been an actual death.
- The decedent, at the time of his or her death
- a) Was domiciled in California (was living in California); or left property in California;
- Proper notice to the interested parties is published.
The potential array of cases a person might face due to family circumstances can be bewildering. I've had plenty of clients from Folsom come to me upset with tangled family estate disputes, but we are able to straighten things out and determine the most important points of contention for each individual story. Sometimes it's a relatively straightforward will contest involving a stepmother; other times it's a complicated trust litigation case with out-of-state beneficiaries. At times we civilly prosecute cases of financial elder abuse and undue influence in the event of estate theft by a wrongdoer (even a relative) or abused trust beneficiaries. Hackard Law's trust litigation team protect client property and assets in Folsom in trust, probate and estate contests, including issues such as:
Interpretation of testamentary documents
Lack of testamentary capacity
Preparation and analysis of trustee's accounting
Pursuing or preventing termination of trusts
Petitions for interpretation of trusts
Petitions for determination of heirs
Resignation or removal of trustees
Validity of wills or codicils
Will forgery claims and cases
As a 40-year veteran litigator, I'm proud to have earned distinctions like the Super Lawyers award for California and a ranking of both Martindale-Hubble's AV and "Avvo 10 - Superb." But what matters most for me is serving my clients. I've represented many residents of Folsom in estate, trust and probate litigation, and my top priority is to guard their interests and keep them safe from any possible financial harm. Feel free to call us at Hackard Law today at (916) 313-3030.