You need to navigate trust and estate disputes carefully. These cases can be very emotional and cause tension between family members. You need an experienced trust and estate litigation attorney to work with you to get the desired outcome – both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Use these tips to find a good trust and estate litigation attorney to resolve your disputes.
Find a Skilled and Experienced Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney
It’s essential to find an attorney who can fight for you both in the courtroom and at the negotiation table. Learn what skills they need to be successful in either situation to win your case.
Negotiation Table Skills
Once you have a few potential candidates, it’s essential to find a trust and estate litigation attorney that is the best fit for you. This can include asking attorneys specific questions and doing research to ensure they are the best person to handle your case.
You can start by looking at their website. Learn about the practice areas they specialize in and read the attorney’s biographical information. You can also look at other content on their site, including an FAQ that might address some of your questions. You can also find links to articles the lawyer has authored or appeared in to get a better idea of their expertise.
As a basic rule of thumb, you should also check the state bar association’s website to ensure the attorney is in good standing with the bar.
You should look for any online reviews you can find on the attorney, as well as ask around to see if anyone you know has used this lawyer in the past. A word-of-mouth referral can go a long way.
After your research, if you’re still trying to decide if an attorney is a right fit, you should call his or her office. See how you are treated by the staff and what your first impression is of the practice. If you have specific questions, you should then try to schedule an initial meeting with the attorney to get those answered. During this meeting or phone call, you can ask the attorney what kind of experience they have with your particular case, how they would suggest you proceed with your case, and other questions you might have.
Noreen Evans and Deirdre Kingsbury have represented trustees, beneficiaries, and even attorneys in probate cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Attorney Evans has worked with California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, first as a California State legislator from 2004 – 2014, and now as a private attorney. Deirdre Kingsbury was also the successful appellate attorney in Bonfigli v. Strachan (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 1302, one of the leading cases brought under California’s elder financial abuse statutes. Protecting the interests and desires of our elders is an important mission at Evans Kingsbury LLP.