Here in California, despite people's best intentions, marriages don't always work out. Then people will often remarry. When a new spouse doesn't get along with the adult children, however, this is a clear warning signal of potential estate litigation ahead.
Here's a common situation we frequently see: a stepmother is appointed as trustee of her husband's trust, while the adult children from a previous marriage are designated as beneficiaries of their father's trust. Unfortunately, though, the stepmother and stepchildren have always had a chilly relationship. When you introduce trust funds or other estate assets into that mix, chances are high for conflict, right up to the point going to court for trust or probate litigation.
If you can spot the red flags that signal family estate fights ahead, you can save yourself time, money and the emotional stress that comes with litigation. Think of litigation as fighting a fire. The firefighters arrive on the scene when a house is in flames. In the same way, Hackard Law's estate litigation team is ready respond quickly in order to safeguard clients and their assets. Yet the best strategy for defending your estate is to prevent conflicts before they erupt. If you're facing tough problems with a will or trust, call us at Hackard Law - our mission is to protect our clients. Our number is 916-313-3030.