Probate Attorneys You Can Trust

Probate is the legal process of going through the court to validate a will. Probate can often be a costly and lengthy process, which is why you need an experienced probate attorney to move it along as quickly and efficiently as possible.

At Kinley & Styskal, we have over 40 years of experience in probate law. When individuals attempt to probate their loved ones' estates without the assistance of a probate lawyer, the process may take much longer than necessary due to the complex requirements of the California probate courts. Our goal is to make probate as seamless as possible for you and your family.

Walking You Through The Probate Process

If the will is invalid or there was no will to begin with, the decedent's assets will be distributed in compliance with the laws governing intestate succession. If there is a valid will, the wishes of the deceased will be carried out according to the terms of that will.

In either case, the executor must inventory all estate assets, ensure that all creditors are paid, handle payment of all estate taxes and then distribute the remaining assets accordingly. Our attorneys make this process as painless as possible so you can worry less about the details and more about the grieving process.

Swiftly Resolving Probate Disputes

Even the most airtight estate plans can have disputes during probate. Our attorneys in Tustin have resolved a variety of probate disputes, including:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Failure to take a complete inventory
  • Disputes over valuation and accounting
  • Litigation between heirs and beneficiaries
  • Disputing or defending a will's validity
  • Will contests based on fraud, lack of capacity or the exercise of undue influence
  • Refusal by the executor to distribute assets
  • Omitted heir claims

We provide tenacious legal representation to the executors of estates, as well as beneficiaries and omitted heirs. No matter how you are wronged in your dispute, our attorneys work vigorously to protect your legal rights.

Work With Skilled Litigators And Negotiators

We work diligently to resolve your probate matter quickly through negotiations. However, when the negotiation process does not yield fair or acceptable results, we also have a proven track record in probate litigation. We will not settle for less than what you deserve.

Call our office today at 949-423-6783 to schedule a free initial consultation, or reach out online to get started.