There is no probate matter Keystone’s probate lawyers can’t handle. Our probate services cover a wide range of areas, so whatever your needs, Keystone’s probate attorneys can meet them. Learn more about each of our services by clicking on the links below.
Our probate lawyers pursue and defend claims concerning the validity or meaning of will or trust documents.
Our probate attorneys pursue and defend claims of misconduct surrounding fiduciaries (e.g., trustees, executors, power of attorneys, spouses, etc.).
Our probate lawyers enforce and defend clients’ rights in disputes surrounding real and personal property.
Our probate attorneys pursue and defend elder financial abuse claims to recover property wrongfully taken from elders during their lifetime or after death.
Our probate lawyers help trustees and executors navigate their administration duties and enforce the rights of beneficiaries during the process.
Our probate attorneys establish and defend conservatorships to protect clients’ elderly or incapacitated loved ones.
Our probate lawyers establish and defend guardianships to protect minors whose parents are unfit or unable to care for them.
Our probate attorneys pursue and defend a probate appeal if the lower court is alleged to have made a mistake when arriving at its decision.
Keystone’s impeccable record speaks for itself. Our unmatched experience and ingenuity enables us to resolve probate matters favorably and efficiently. Keystone’s probate lawyers aim for nothing short of success with every case. For probate services of the highest caliber, turn to Keystone’s probate attorneys.
Keystone represented a client in her 70s who unknowingly created an irrevocable trust while overly medicated by her son. The son made himself trustee and misappropriated trust assets. At the initial hearing, Keystone’s probate attorneys persuaded the court to immediately suspend the son as trustee and replace him with a private professional fiduciary. Our client’s property was ultimately returned to her as well.
Keystone first helped its client get appointed as the administrator of her brother’s $50 million estate. Later, Keystone assisted with litigating against the decedent’s two pseudo-caregivers who collectively unduly influenced and defrauded the decedent. In total, Keystone’s probate lawyers were able to help the estate secure the return of more than $2 million in stolen money and property, and obtain a judgment for an additional $1 million.
Keystone helped its client obtain an emergency temporary conservatorship over her mother, who had advanced Alzheimer’s disease and was being kept inside her brother’s home, which was suspected to be a hotbed of COVID-19 cases. As a result, Keystone’s client, over the objection of her brother, was able to remove her mother from the home and into a safe, secure location.
Keystone’s client was the trustee of his sister and brother-in-law’s trust. Because it contained language that was ambiguous in terms of who should receive the primary asset of the trust, the decedent’s home, the client was uncertain how to distribute it. Keystone’s probate lawyers helped the client obtain the clarification he needed to fairly distribute the property according to the trust’s terms and extrinsic evidence.
Keystone’s client sought to invalidate a trust after learning that the decedent from whom they stood to inherit had left the entirety of his estate to a new partner he had just met off a dating site who was 50 years his junior and an ostensible predator. Not long after amending his trust, the abuser died under suspicious circumstances. Ultimately, Keystone was able to reach a favorable settlement for its clients that called for the new version of the trust to be invalidated by arguing that the gift to the partner was an illegal payment for prostitution and the partner’s actions constituted financial elder abuse.
Keystone’s client had spent most of her adult life managing the family business. When her father’s behavior became turbulent, she believed his unfitness was due to a decline in mental competence or a flagrant disregard of fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the trust and its beneficiaries. In order to preserve and protect trust assets, as well as her father’s own trust fund distributions, Keystone’s client needed to try to have her father removed as a co-trustee. Keystone’s trust litigation attorneys were able to resolve the case in which its client became the sole company owner after buying out her father’s and sister’s shares.
Our probate lawyers can help executors and administrators navigate their duties, and, if needed, litigate regarding wills and estates.
Our probate attorneys can help trustees navigate their duties, and, if needed, litigate regarding trusts.
Our probate lawyers can help beneficiaries enforce their inheritance rights and address any trust or estate dispute that arises.
Our probate lawyers can help spouses enforce their inheritance and community property rights, even if they are disinherited in a will or trust.
Our probate lawyers can counsel attorneys-in-fact with making legal, financial and medical decisions on the principal’s behalf.
Our probate attorneys can counsel conservators about initiating a conservatorship for an adult and guide them once they are appointed conservator.
Our probate attorneys can counsel guardians about initiating a guardianship of a minor and guide them once they are appointed guardian.
“I just have no words to express my gratitude for what you have done for our lives. It is a miracle of immeasurable proportions. You have truly acted to save my mother’s life…”
“It will always be an honor and privilege to voice how the team was always professional, thorough and tactful in handling every situation down to the detail…”
“I’m glad we were able to get in touch with a very knowledgeable probate firm that helped us our through these difficult past couple of years…”
“Hands down, the best probate litigation firm in all of Los Angeles…”
“I feel fortunate that I found your office to pursue this trust contest, not because we won, but because the character of your office and the character of my representation was simply put, virtuous…”
“The entire staff is knowledgeable, warm, considerate, prompt and have exceeded my wildest expectations of lawyers. They know what they are doing…”
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