Inheritance

The more you know about estate planning, trust administration, probate and business law, the better equipped you will be for your future. 

Inheritance Attorneys in Roseville

Outline Your Loved Ones’ Inheritances with a Will-Based Estate Plan

When it comes to the assets and property you own in life, you may have an idea as to who should receive what as an inheritance when you die. These things may be portions of your wealth, real estate, vehicles, or other personal items. While it may feel akin to transferring guardianship, leaving loved ones pets – especially those with long lifespans like turtles, tortoises, and parrots – is another valid concern many people have regarding inheritance.

It’s important to you that those you love inherit the things you want them to receive. The only way to leave some assurance that your intentions are known and considered during probate is to leave a valid last will and testament.

Work with Patton Law Group’s inheritance attorneys in Roseville today to build a plan that can give you assurance that your wishes will be heard. Contact us online or call (916) 619-0783 for help today.

Don’t Let Intestacy Laws Determine Your Family’s Inheritance

If you didn’t set up a living trust in your lifetime, hopefully you created a last will and testament that outlines how the division of your property should be carried out during probate. Otherwise, California’s intestacy laws determine the inheritance of your property if you died without creating a valid will.

Inheritance determined by intestacy laws can flow as follows in these scenarios:

  • Your spouse and children survive you: Your spouse receives your half of the marriage’s community property and up to half of your separate property, depending upon whether you have one, two, or more children. The remaining separate property is inherited by your children.
  • Your spouse and siblings survive you: Your spouse inherits all community property and one half of your separate property. Your siblings inherit and split the remaining half of your separate property.
  • Your spouse and parents survive you: Your spouse inherits all community property and one half of your separate property. Your parents inherit the remaining half of your separate property.
  • A lone relative or set of relatives sharing the same relationship to you: If it’s your spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, siblings, or the like who survives you, they inherit all you own in equal shares.

When You May Want to Contest an Inheritance

While you may feel like contesting a loved one’s will can paint you in a bad light, certain circumstances may necessitate the matter. Whichever your reason is to contest the inheritance in someone’s will, however, you should be prepared with evidence to argue the matter in court. Our inheritance attorneys in Roseville can help you build your case and increase your odds of achieving a favorable outcome.

A few reasons why someone may want to contest inheritance include:

  • Perceived inequity, especially when a beneficiary who was critically involved in the deceased’s caregiving – or used their own assets to provide such care – receives an equal or lesser inheritance than other beneficiaries.
  • The deceased endured financial abuse during life. This may look like a caregiver manipulating a patient to receive power of attorney over their financial assets, or an estate trustee or executor mismanaging assets in a manner inconsistent with the deceased’s instructions.
  • You believe you were accidentally or unfairly left out of a will because you were not explicitly excluded from it.

If you have a question about establishing your loved ones’ inheritances or one you have received, call Patton Law Group’s inheritance attorneys in Roseville today at (916) 619-0783.

Real Life Experiences That Inspire Us

Client Testimonials
  • “I really feel lucky to have found you and look forward to working with you.”

    - Arthur W.
  • “Rachel explained to me very clearly what a trust was in addition to the changes I was trying to make to my will.”

    - Susan D.
  • “I would like to thank you for all your hard work helping us get our family business in order.”

    - Kriss D.
We Are Here For You

Ready to take the next step? Talk to us. Ask questions. Pick our brains. There's no commitment, just information.