With its rolling hills, majestic oak trees and famous orange groves, Orangevale has come a long way over the course of a century and a half. From the days of the first schoolhouse for twenty children at located at Central and Filbert to the disastrous Big Frost of 1930, the town of Orangevale has since shown itself to be one of the most attractive places to live and work in the Sacramento area. And thanks to a growing community and thriving family businesses, there's been no let-up in the need for estate attorneys, and that includes skilled lawyers in estate, trust and probate litigation.
Despite our best intentions, sometimes a family inheritance or business succession doesn't go as planned. An estate can be contested by a relative or even an outsider who thinks they're entitled to "a piece of the pie." Sometimes there are worst-case scenarios where a wrongdoer has actually hijacked an estate or trust through undue influence and even elder financial abuse. We've seen plenty of cases like these both in Orangevale and throughout Northern California, and in each instance we've worked to successfully safeguard both our client and their assets. If you need a probate attorney for Orangevale, Hackard Law is ready to secure your interests and uphold the integrity of your family's estate. Our probate & trust litigation team has the experience and professional excellence required for the tough challenges involved in a will contest, trust litigation, probate disputes, issues of guardianship and conservatorships.
Orangevale is home to family businesses that include both newer ventures as well as agricultural enterprises that have been active for generations; that translates to a demand for an effective estate planning and litigation attorney. The possible cases we represent on a regular basis vary in their circumstances, but we often encounter common factors. Here are the most frequent types of estate litigation matters we engage:
An elderly parent dies. While the deceased parent had a will that specified equal division of accounts and property between siblings, one of the children is hiding funds and assets from the others - maybe they've even taken control of the house. Immediate legal action is needed.
An ailing but wealthy senior citizen remarries. Within a short time the new spouse, sometimes a stepmother, convinces them to change their trust, making the new spouse the primary beneficiary at the expense of the elderly man's children, previously the main beneficiaries of the trust. This is a likely case of trust litigation and could involve undue influence or elder abuse.
After the death of the 80-year-old founder of the family business, his estate is in dispute between three groups within the family. While there was a trust that designated an even split of assets and property, there are still arguments among the cousins over who gets what house and what part of the business and its accounts. Some beneficiaries are claiming abuse of position by the trustee - now the dispute is going to probate court in Sacramento County.
All of the above cases are nothing out of the ordinary for experienced probate attorneys for Orangevale, Sacramento and all of California. We're always satisfied when estate litigation can reach an equitable settlement, but we're also fully prepared for battle. Protecting our clients and their interests is our top priority - call us today at (916) 313-3030.