Estate Litigation Lawyer in Orange County

Proven Representation for More than 40 Years

When a decedent leaves an estate with a will, estate administration may be required to distribute the assets to the surviving heirs. Conflicts may arise between the administrator, the heirs and the decedent's creditors, with the result that the case ends up in estate litigation. If you are involved in any type of estate litigation, it is in your best interests to contact an Orange County estate planning lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights and represent you both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Estate litigation may involve complicated questions of law and procedure. It is important to be represented by an estate litigation attorney who can prepare your case and present a persuasive argument to the court. This is particularly true if the other parties are represented by attorneys, as is frequently the case. P. Arnsen Blakely brings decades of experience to every case and is prepared to help you navigate this trying time.

Issues in Estate Litigation

Estate litigation may involve a number of issues including:

  • Identity of Heirs
    When an individual dies intestate and has not left a will, the property is often distributed to the children under the provisions of California state law. Sometimes an unknown party presents himself or herself claiming to be the heir. This claim will usually be resisted by the other heirs, as it would reduce or even eliminate the amount that they would be able to receive from the estate.
  • Payment of Claims
    The administrator may reject a creditor's claim based on evidence that it is not valid for some reason, and will tend to want to do so in order to maximize the value of assets which finally end up being distributed to the heirs. The creditor may contest the rejection in court, and it is important to have an attorney ready to fight against the creditor's claims.
  • Sale of Assets
    The administrator may decide to sell an estate asset such as a family home in order to pay bills or make the distribution of assets easier since liquid assets are more susceptible of division among multiple parties. An heir may object to the sale or seek to buy the asset from the estate at a price the administrator believes is too low.

Get an Experienced Litigator on Your Side!

The team at P. Arnsen Blakely, provides aggressive legal advocacy to clients involved in estate litigation, and we are ready to take immediate action on your case. Since 1971, we have served clients throughout Newport Beach and Orange County, California. When a client comes to us, we make every effort to learn the unique aspects of the case so that we can provide the best possible service.

With 40 years of experience in estate planning cases in Orange County, our attorney has an intimate knowledge of local procedure and familiarity with the local judges, attorneys and court personnel. This gives us a decided edge in representing our clients. Whether our client is an administrator, heir or creditor, we energetically seek the best possible resolution of our client's case.

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