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Hopkins & Carley: Trust & Estate Litigation

San Jose -- Palo Alto -- Burbank

San Jose -- Palo Alto -- Burbank

The law is a reflection of the times in which we live.  This is particularly true with litigation relating to trusts and estates.

In the United States and elsewhere, the 1970s were a time of dramatic cultural change.  It was then that the divorce rate began to increase steadily, ushering in changes in family structures and financial consequences with which we’re often now dealing in the courtroom.

According to Ellen McKissock, the head of Hopkins & Carley’s Trust & Estate Litigation practice, “Many of the marriages, re-marriages, domestic partnerships and blended families of the past 20 or 30 years have put stresses on estates.

“These are naturally very trying circumstances for most people.  But when combined with the high net worth created, for example, by California’s now graying dot-com pioneers, it’s a game changer.  There’s now an unprecedented demand for trust and estate lawyers who know this area of the law and aren’t afraid to go to trial.”

Clients bring us a wide range of issues and perspectives, including fiduciaries, beneficiaries, probates, financial elder abuse, conservatorships, tax matters, real estate, and more.  We handle all aspects of trust and estate litigation, from litigation prevention through trial and appeal.  We also represent private and institutional fiduciaries and others in will contests, trust contests, will and trust construction, reformation, and other fiduciary litigation.

To learn more about Hopkins & Carley’s Trust & Estate Litigation practice, visit our website.

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