Chico Trust and Probate Litigation Lawyers
Trust Us to Protect Your Legacy
While losing someone you love is never easy, things can quickly get more complicated when your family is also dealing with financial and legal stress related to the death of a loved one as a result. Your family may have a need to access your loved one’s property, assets, or investments, but there is conflict between family members that is preventing access. A family member may also disagree with the way the executor or trustee is doing things. Whatever the case may be, you deserve to be represented by a law firm that understands what you are going through and will do whatever it takes to protect your family’s future. Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP has more than 125 years of experience helping individuals and families in California. Our trust and probate litigation lawyers in Chico and more than happy to help you if your loved one’s probate or trust administration hits obstacles. We work directly with probate attorneys on all sides of the conflict to help bring a quick resolution to difficult and emotional financial issues. With us by your side, you can rest assured knowing no one will take advantage of you and that the estate’s assets and property will be distributed fairly.
What is Probate?
Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies to ensure that the person’s property and assets are distributed properly and their debts and taxes owed are paid. While many associate probate with those who die without a will in place, the reality is that probate can still be triggered if there’s a will. Probate can happen of the heirs of an estate are in a dispute, for example, or if they contest the existing estate documents.
When probate is triggered, the court will oversee the process and use California’s laws of succession in order to do things like:
- Pay debts or taxes
- Prove the validity of a will
- Distribute the property as direct by the will, or by the state law if there is no will
In California, a deceased person’s assets will most likely be probated if they have more than $150,000 in total assets or real property valued over $50,000.
What is a Trust and Probate Litigation Attorney?
A Trust and Probate Litigation Attorney assists people who are involved in a probate action or trust distribution that have encountered conflict among the beneficiaries, trustees, executors, or other third-parties. We are brought in to assist resolve the conflict and litigate the issues if necessary. We often work hand in hand with your probate attorney who may be assisting you with a probate action.
If a conflict has arisen in a trust or probate matter, you may be unable to avoid lawsuits or disputes within your family along the way. A lawyer can help you resolve these conflicts informally, or if necessary, through court action.
If you or your family have encountered a roadblock in your trust administration or probate action, you can entrust your case to a team that is well-versed in California laws and experienced in court litigation. Call our Chico trust and probate litigation attorneys at (530) 342-3593 for help during a stressful time
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$3,000,000 Construction Injury
Settlement on catastrophic construction site injury case for the policy limits of 3 million dollars. This hard-fought case was led by partners James McKenna and Lia Juhl-Rhodes.
$1,500,000 Mobilehome Park Case
Settlement for 19-unit mobile-home park for 1.5 million based upon violations of leases, mobilehome residency law, construction defect, and breach of habitability.
Not Guilty Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced felony charges of Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment.
Gun Rights Protected Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza won a court trial in which the Government was attempting through a civil restraining order process to take a citizen’s gun rights away.
Acquittal of Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced the charge of a misdemeanor count of spousal battery under Penal Code section 243(e)(1).
Big Victory for Local Governments Municipal Cases
City of Oroville vs Superior Court of Butte County, on August 15, 2019, lead attorneys for the City of Oroville, Mark A. Habib and Lia M. Juhl-Rhodes, from the law firm of Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP won a landmark inverse condemnation case in the California Supreme Court.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza led a two-day jury trial representing a defendant who faced a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, namely a vehicle.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client in Butte County charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence causing injury.