A variety of disputes arise after a loved one passes away. A common dispute is whether property should or should not be included in an estate as part of the probate. Unfortunately, many simply assume that property will be part of an estate and are surprised to learn that there is an issue. This means that people may have property rights, which they do not realize they have, or, conversely, that people may not have the property rights that they believe they possess. If you are involved in a dispute over whether property should be included in an estate then our San Bernardino lawyer can help. Call our attorney today if you are in the Inland Empire or elsewhere in California.
Attorneys assisting San Bernardino residents in determining whether property should be included in an estate during probate
Probate is typically required in California when the estate’s assets are over $150,000 or if real property (meaning real estate) is involved. There are numerous reasons why property may not be included in an estate. While some of the reasons why property is not included may be legitimate (such as joint accounts changing ownership or a spouse receiving their share), there are also instances of fraud, disputes over whether the deceased owned the property in the first place, etc. A California Probate Judge decides such disagreements. It will be necessary to show the Court evidence establishing whether the deceased did or did not own the property at issue. This evidence may include sales receipts, title documents, as well as witness testimony. Accumulating this information, and properly presenting it to the Probate Judge at trial, requires the use of a skilled attorney.
Candice Garcia-Rodrigo is a San Bernardino probate attorney who assists Inland Empire residents with disputes involving property in an estate. Once retained, we immediately begin your Objection to the Probate by filing and serving the necessary pleadings. We will quickly move to acquire the evidence needed to prove whether said property should belong to the estate. We accomplish this through the discovery process (which includes Interrogatories, Requests For Production of Documents, and Depositions). Candice has extensive experience in analyzing and determining the types of information required in such matters. If the case does not settle, then we will ensure that you are prepared for trial and guide you through the process. We understand that you are facing a serious situation and we will work to take it seriously. Contact us today. 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.
San Bernardino lawyer assisting with property that does not belong in a California probate
It is important to understand that disputes regarding property also involve situations where property should not be included in an estate. If you believe that you are the rightful owner to property that is included in a probate, then you should retain counsel immediately. Doing so can help to preserve your property rights.
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