Trust, Probate & Estate Attorney in Los Angeles

Trusts, Probate & Estate Lawyers in

Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Torrance, Inglewood, Compton, Carson, Santa Monica, and Hawthorne.

Talkov Law is dedicated to representing those throughout California with their concerns in trusts, estate, and probate matters. We represent beneficiaries, heirs, administrators, executors, and trustees in disputes involving a will or trust, fiduciary misconduct and fraud, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, investment mismanagement, financial elder abuse, incapacity, power of attorney abuse, and undue influence.

What is an Estate?

An estate includes all assets a decedent owned at the time of their death. If the decedent passed away with their assets in a trust, the issue involves trust litigation. However, if the decedent died without a trust, whether they had a will or not, the matter is considered probate litigation.

Trust Litigation in California

What is a Trust?

A trust is created by a person (trustor) who transfers property to a third party (trustee) for the benefit of chosen persons (beneficiaries). The trustee holds and administers the property for the benefit of the beneficiaries. Trusts remain private and are not subject to court supervision (probate) unless and until trust litigation arises. Trust litigation includes all trust-related actions brought to court, generally by trust attorneys: when an aspect of the trust is being disputed by the parties involved, there is trust litigation.

Why Do I Need a Trust Attorney?

Trust disputes can be emotionally grueling and financially taxing. Tensions between the trustee(s) and beneficiaries can make trust administration quite difficult and can lead to heavy financial and time costs. A trust litigation lawyer can handle trust disputes efficiently, lessening your burdens and providing you ease of mind.

Probate Litigation in California

A court will appoint an executor or an administrator to manage the decedent's assets, pay creditors, and distribute assets to beneficiaries. When an estate dispute arises, litigation involving a probate attorney may be necessary to interpret the California Probate Code. Probate litigation is a court process where people seek to address disputes concerning a will or trust.

Why Do I Need a Probate Litigation Attorney?

Wills pass through probate meaning they are subject to court supervision. Probate is a process through which assets are identified and distributed to intended beneficiaries or heirs of an estate. A will must be probated before property in an estate can be distributed to intended beneficiaries. The probate process is complex and can often be contentious. An estate litigation attorney can help make the process run quicker and smoother. For example, an estate litigation attorney can help you contest a will.

What is the Difference Between an Estate Planning Attorney and an Estate Litigation Attorney?

An estate planning attorney is an expert in creating estate plans, trusts, wills etc. whereas an estate litigation attorney is a trial lawyer who focuses on court processes involved in contesting a will, disputing a trust, etc.

When to Contact a Trust, Estate, & Probate Attorney in California

When issues arise with a trust, estate, or will, parties to the estate including trustees, beneficiaries, and claimants may bring the matter to probate court. This is considered trust, estate and probate litigation. Some examples of disputes calling for the expertise of a trust attorney or probate lawyer include:

  • Trust Litigation, Contests, & Disputes - a process through which beneficiaries/heirs try to change the inheritance, gift, bequest or distribution of a trust after the passing of a loved one (i.e. contesting a trust, disputing a trust, voiding a trust, invalidating, a trust).
  • Trustee Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Trustee Conflicts, and Embezzlement - When a trustee breaches their fiduciary duty, they may be personally liable to the beneficiaries for their breach.
  • Inheritance Disputes and Disinherited Children - California allows for the disinheritance of a child. Even if fully or partially disinherited, a child may still have rights to an inheritance if they can prove they were disinherited due to unjust reasons i.e., undue influence, incapacity.
  • Trust Misappropriation, Mismanagement, and Embezzlement - In family trusts, embezzlement refers to the misappropriation of funds belonging to the trust, or to the decedent that should belong to the trust but were stolen before their passing. Trust litigation addresses the monetary relief aspect of an embezzlement case.
  • Undue Influence - Under California Welfare and Institutions Code § 15610.70, undue influence is defined broadly as “excessive persuasion that causes another person to act or refrain from acting by overcoming that person’s free will and results in inequity…”
  • Power of Attorney Abuse - This raises questions of the power given to someone to make legal decisions on the behalf of someone else. Typically, power of attorney is given to a family member.
  • Will Contests and Trust Contests - This involves questioning the validity of wills and trusts based on fraud, duress, undue influence, coercion, lack of capacity, proper will execution, and testamentary intent
  • Trust and Probate Admisntration - Following the appropriate steps is crucial to administering an estate without creating unnecessary disputes.
  • Probate Litigation- Contesting a Will, Undue Influence, Mental Incapacity, Breach of Fiduciary Duties, and Filing Creditor Claims.

Federza Zekiri
Trusts, Estates, & Probate Attorney Ferdeza Zekiri
Attorney Scott Talkov
Talkov Law Attorney & President Scott Talkov
Contact a Trust, Estate & Probate Attorney in Los Angeles Today!

Regardless of whether you are a trustee, beneficiary or heir in a dispute arising in Los Angeles, our team at Talkov Law in Los Angeles can help enforce your rights and resolve any trust disputes that arise in Los Angeles. We understand that not every dispute needs to be litigated. We carefully help our clients consider the relative and ever-changing strengths and weaknesses of their cases. By utilizing appropriate legal strategies to put ourselves in the best position possible, we help our clients secure the best results, whether that is through negotiated settlement, mediation, or trial.

Call Talkov Law in Los Angeles today at (310) 496-3300 or contact us online for a free analysis of your situation.

Our Trust, Probate and Estate Litigation Attorneys practice in the following areas:

Our Los Angeles County lawyers serve the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Pomona, Torrance, Inglewood, Compton, Carson, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Gardena, Lancaster, Rancho Palos Verdes, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Lawndale, and surrounding areas.

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Rene Z
Rene Z
21:32 04 May 21
Attorney Nick Moss’s responsiveness along with his patience throughout my legal dispute has been extraordinary.... Attorney Scott Talkov’s knowledge of the bankruptcy procedure has led to creative solutions to my complex legal issues. I highly recommend Talkov Law!read more
Maria Picasso
Maria Picasso
16:38 04 May 21
I am impressed with how attentive Nick Moss has been in providing me with updates on my case and in his quick response... to any questions I've had. His professionalism and values have been key in making me feel comfortable. I'm grateful to have found this wonderful law firm with a great team. Thank you Nick!!!read more
silvia Garcia
silvia Garcia
02:25 04 May 21
Nick Moss has exhibited great attention to detail and has been extremely responsive throughout his representation of... me. I would greatly recommend his services to anyone who needs assistance in a real estate dispute.read more
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TRUNG Nguyen
22:58 03 May 21
My first experience to this to Talkov Law Firm on partition , before I made a call I had done a lot of research on... review so far. My first impression, they are very response to the calls.1 - Customer service - Excellent2 - On time appointment schedule - Excellent3 - Professional - Excellent4 - Good Quality - very details on financial analyst in real estate document especially in gathering and organizing and analyzing proof of evidences. = Excellent.5 - Free consultation is a plus = Excellent.6 - Cost is reasonable .In addition to major factors mention above , I would give to Attorney : Mr. Nick Moss a five star rating . I have been observing the legal process once I interact with him through out comminutions . He always stay on top of handle of responses to my phone calls ; emails and messages. Stay on top of update my financial analyst report make sure it is correct and valid evidences. He explained to me in details if I had any questions or concerns. With his expertise and knowledge in real estate legal field , he knows how to protect his client that I could see through the email communications to opposing counsel CC me openly. It means his process is very transparency and let me know the status of my case instantly. Finally , I'm very happy working with Mr. Nick , however, my case have not go to an end yet . With his professionalism attitude as I observed , I believed Mr. Nick will help me get over this difficult time. I recommended .read more
Kiry Peng
Kiry Peng
16:20 03 May 21
Nick Moss and the Talkov Law team helped resolve an adversary issue quickly and efficiently. We were surprised when our... organization received the notice from the bankruptcy court that we were even part of this adversary proceeding, so we sought out a law firm that was reputable in our defense. I initially consulted with Scott, who was very knowledgeable in bankruptcy law. After discussing various strategies for our defense, Nick was then assigned to my case and we ultimately worked out a resolution in our favor. We are beyond pleased with the exemplary service we have received and highly recommend Talkov Law!read more
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