Determining the heirs of an estate is straightforward if the deceased left a will. It is a different matter, however if one has passed away intestate (meaning that the deceased died without a will). California law lays out a list of succession which determines who will inherit in the event of an intestate estate. Disputes may arise, however, over whether or not certain persons are entitled to inherit. Understanding who is a potential heir, as well as their rights, is crucial to making the case go smoothly. Our San Bernardino probate lawyer assists with heirship disputes throughout the Inland Empire. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Attorney assisting San Bernardino residents in establishing whether or not they should be heir to an intestate estate
There are a number of individuals who may have a right to inherit from an intestate California estate. These persons include adopted children, foster children, stepchildren, children placed for adoption, posthumous children, children born outside of a marriage, children born during a marriage, and potentially grandchildren. The most common of these disputes involve stepchildren and children involved outside of the marriage. A stepchild, for example, can inherit if they prove that the deceased would have adopted them had it been legally possible. A child born outside of a marriage, such as one from an extramarital affair, may inherit if they can prove that the deceased acknowledged them and provided for their support. Proving or disproving these types of facts can be an involved process and it is crucial that the parties have qualified legal counsel.
Candice Garcia-Rodrigo is a San Bernardino probate lawyer assisting in disputes over whether one is an heir. Our office uses the discovery process to establish or invalidate any claims that the deceased intended for a child, or any other party, to be someone who would inherit. Information we inquire about may include communications records (such as emails, phone records, etc.), photographs, witnesses statements, etc. We ensure that our clients are prepared for trial and aggressively represent them through the process. We understand that few things can be as frustrating as feeling like a parent has “cut out” an heir or like someone else is falsely claiming to be an heir. We recognize that this is a serious situation and we take it seriously. Call today to speak with our attorney. We also service Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles.
California probate attorney providing communication throughout any disputes over heirship
Candice understands that people are often frustrated with their attorneys during legal disputes. This frustration often stems from a lack of communication on the lawyer’s part. Our office is founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to a high level of respect and courtesy. We return all phone calls and emails within one business day (if not the same day). Our office also ensures that clients are copied on letters, emails, and receive copies of Court documents. We strive to provide an experience that is different from other law firms. This is our promise to each and everyone one of our clients. All cases must be properly reviewed prior to determining applicable law and likely conclusion.