Probate Trust & Estates

California probate law is notoriously complicated. Having an attorney to represent your interests is essential to protecting your rights – whether you’re planning how your estate should be distributed or you are a potential beneficiary.

Without proper planning, the probate process can become drawn out and divisive. With more than 70 years of probate experience, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can provide guidance, assistance and representation with:

  • Probate, trust and estate litigation
  • Probate, trust and estate administration
  • Small estate planning
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can reduce the risk of legal disputes before they begin by preparing a will that clearly defines how your estate should be handled, often eliminating the need for probate court altogether.

Litigation

Unfortunately, legal action sometimes becomes necessary to protect your rights in the probate process. When litigation is unavoidable, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can support you and offer advice on the best course of action.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable litigators who have successfully handled probate and trust cases, guiding our clients from pre-trial through trial and appeals, when necessary. While we fight for our clients, we are also skilled negotiators who understand the emotional and financial hardships that probate court can create. Whether you decide to go to trial or not, our Probate/Trust & Estate Practice Group is dedicated to negotiating fair settlements and achieving positive outcomes for our clients.

Administration

After a loved one has died, family members can be left with many questions and concerns. Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can bring clarity to the probate process and reassure beneficiaries.

Every family’s situation is unique. Our team takes the time to understand your circumstances fully to provide the best legal advice. Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can help guide you through the system and provide assistance with:

  • Choosing a conservator
  • Validating a will
  • Notifying beneficiaries and distributing assets
  • Paying remaining debts
  • Closing the estate.

As experienced trial attorneys, we can also resolve any litigation that arises while administrating the estate.

Appeals

If you believe a mistake has been made during the probate process and are considering appealing, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can help you. Our experienced legal team understands the intricacies of the probate appeals process.

As the probate process can grow long and complicated, it is not uncommon for errors to be made. However, simply being unsatisfied with the outcome of your case is not enough to file an appeal—certain requirements must be met. Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs can determine if your appeal meets those requirements and explain the legal remedies available to you. If you find yourself questioning the validity of a will, the actions of the probate court or the distribution of the estate, contact Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs today.