Estate Administration & Dispute Resolution
Experienced and Honest Legal Advice in Emotional Times
Assisting Clients in Petaluma and the North Bay
The legal issues relating to the loss of a loved one can make an emotional time seem overwhelming. An experienced attorney can guide you toward efficient resolution to your situation.
If your family has recently lost a loved one and needs help administering the estate or resolving a dispute, we can help. At the law office of William R. Fishman, we have been assisting clients in situations like yours for nearly 25 years. We have the knowledge it takes to resolve to your legal needs, allowing you to focus on emotional and family matters.
Our firm offers experienced representation whether your loved one left a Will or Living Trust, or not. for beneficiaries of intestate estates and also for parties to an existing will. We will keep you fully apprised and be your guide every step of the way, from the appointment of an executor or successor trustee through to the distribution of the assets of the estate.
We handle formal administration and probate as well as expedited processes for:
- Transfers between spouses
- Small estate transfers
- Petitioning the court to fund unfunded trusts
In addition, we handle trust administration. Rely on our extensive experience to guide you through the estate administration process.
Completing the distribution of assets after a loved one has died can become complicated. With emotions running high, confrontations can escalate quickly, leading to time-consuming and emotionally draining litigation. Having the guidance of an experienced lawyer during these disputes can be helpful for finding favorable resolutions for all parties involved.
Our firm regularly represents clients in disputes between beneficiaries, disputes between co-executors and co-trustees, challenges to executors and trustees, and claims of undue influence on the deceased individual.
We will also serve as an arbitrator, mediator, or neutral case evaluator for such cases.
These highly contentious disputes can consume you; our firm works diligently to make a resolution accessible to both parties. We operate by putting our clients at ease and offering our counsel, built upon years of practice. We realize that time and money are concerns in estate litigation and work to resolve your matter fairly and expeditiously.