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LA Trust Litigation and Contingency Fees | A Potent Tool for Beneficiaries

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"Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots," said Forrest Gump. With due credit to Forrest, some things just seem to fit together. This is often the case with how disinherited beneficiaries and heirs go about hiring attorneys to challenge Los Angeles trusts or wills. As wrongdoers well know, it's pretty hard to mount a challenge when the resources that are rightfully yours are unavailable because they have been taken by another.

Life is full of stories, and stories of estate wrongdoing have repeat themes. Since I generally speak to a couple dozen potential new clients every week, many of whom are in LA and surrounding neighborhoods, I hear and empathize with people wronged in estate, trust and elder financial abuse schemes. The wrongs seem to be different verses of the same song - a bit like "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

So what are some of the repeat verses? We might start with greed - whoever it is that is doing wrong wants either something that he's not entitled to, or more than his or her fair share. A sibling is not happy to share an estate with other siblings - she wants it all. A stepparent cuts a deceased spouse's children from a prior marriage out of the will and acts to the benefit of his or her own children. Bank accounts come under an abuser's control soon after a decedent passes, and the abuser goes silent as to what was taken.

So how does a wronged Los Angeles heir or beneficiary challenge this injustice when he is without the ability to pay attorney's fees? Contingency fees share the risks and rewards of trust and estate litigation. Not all cases are appropriate for contingency fees, but when appropriate such fees can lessen the financial challenges otherwise existing. Contingency fees must meet the requirements of California law, and a number of issues must be addressed, including the advancement of costs.

So if you're feeling that you have a right to an LA area trust or estate - a right violated by the wrongdoing of others - and you want to talk to an experienced estate and trust litigator about it, call us at Hackard Law: 213-357-5200. We want to hear your story.

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