One of the most important, and most expensive, phases of litigation is the discovery stage. It is through discovery that litigants learn what documents the other side has and what their testimony at trial will be. While it may seem counterintuitive to give the opposing party the evidence supporting your claim, the primary purpose of…

In April 2021, the California Court of Appeal issued the decision of Breslin v. Breslin, effectively putting all trust beneficiaries on notice that they are at risk of being disinherited if they do not attend a Court ordered mediation. In other words, as a beneficiary, do NOT ignore ongoing litigation involving trusts, even if you…

As we enter a new year, we extend our appreciation and gratitude to both ourexisting and new clients. We have a genuine passion for what we do and wethank you for trusting Law & Stein as your legal counsel. 2021 Recap 2021 was another unique year where we found ourselves overcomingchallenges similar to those that…

“Why did my dad leave most of his money to charities and not his kids?”“It’s unclear what my father’s intentions were with our family vacation home.”“My mom left a handwritten document stating who should receive her jewelry and art collection. Is this an official document?”Losing a loved one is a difficult time, then add on…

California Looks Out For It’s Elders Because elder abuse can take on many forms, and because, sadly, millions of families suffer every year from elder abuse, California has enacted laws to protect elders and those who are in a dependent situation.California passed a law entitled the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. This…

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