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Probate court did not err in charging the interests of two trust beneficiaries for the fees incurred by the trustee in defending against their unwarranted charges which were brought in bad faith and supported by false testimony, but the court did err by imposing personal liability on the beneficiaries for sums exceeding the amount of their interest in the trust.  Read More

Trial court properly concluded that decedent’s action in quit-claiming a one-third interest in a parcel of real property to defendant prior to her death could be construed consistently with her will, which disposed of all property owned by her probate estate at the time of her death.  Read More

A court may order the trustee of a trust to satisfy the beneficiary’s child support obligations from trust funds despite any trust provisions to the contrary.  Read More

The 2008 repeal of Probate Code section 21230 bars later-filed suits for a declaration that a proposed suit would not be a "contest" within a no-contest clause's scope, even if the underlying will or trust was executed before 2008.  Read More

A complaint charging brother/trustee with wrongfully taking money from elderly mother and from family trust to fund litigation against plaintiff sister was not a SLAPP suit subject to an Anti-SLAPP motion to strike, except for the cause of action alleging wrongful conduct in filing and prosecuting the earlier suits.  Read More

In extraordinary circumstances necessary to prevent injury or loss, Probate Code 1310(b) permits interim orders in trust or probate matters that are not stayed pending appeal, and the appellate court can issue no relief with regard to appeals that challenge this type of order.  Read More

Trial court erred in dismissing beneficiary’s challenge to trust amendment, allegedly signed under undue influence, based on another beneficiary’s disclaimer which left plaintiff’s share of the trust unaffected by the challenged amendment.   Read More

Though the trial court erroneously proceeded under the Enforcement of Judgments Law rather than the Probate Code in adjudicating rights under a judgment creditor’s levy after the judgment debtor’s death, the ensuing judgment could not be collaterally attacked based on that legal error since the trial court had fundamental jurisdiction to enter the judgment.  Read More

A will and trust were properly invalidated under Probate Code 21380’s conclusive presumption of undue influence where they named as principal beneficiary the attorney who drafted them for an elderly mentally impaired client.  Read More

Trust beneficiary did not have any right to obtain information about the disposition of assets while the trust was revocable.  Read More

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