Estate and trust lawsuits are comparable to a first-response operation after a crime or disaster has occurred. The police arrive to the scene of a crime, firefighters race to a burning house, and estate and trust litigators take legal action in court to stop wrongdoing and recover assets. In the aftermath of any incident, first responders will file an after-action report to determine what caused the emergency situation. In the same way, trust litigation attorneys will assess the risk factors that led to estate disaster.
It's hard for abused beneficiaries or disinherited children to reach out for help from a California estate and trust litigation attorney.
Recently I was contacted by Next Avenue, a great non-profit information resource for American seniors that is produced by Twin Cities PBS. Next Avenue heard about my new book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse and asked if they could reprint an excerpt of the book on their site. The topic Next Avenue chose to address was critical to many trust lawsuits involving elder exploitation: the role of stepmothers in a disputed estate.