Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

KDG offers one the largest and most experienced trust and estate litigation teams in Bakersfield and throughout the Central Valley. We provide clients with sophisticated advice as we work to preserve clients' assets and protect their rights through negotiation and litigation. We recognize that family disputes can be emotionally difficult, and we advocate skilled and aggressive resolution strategies wherever possible to defuse these situations. At the same time, the depth of our litigation and trial experience is a prominent component of our services to fiduciaries and beneficiaries. Our clients have benefitted from our experience in the following areas:

  • Characterization of spousal property
  • Conservatorship
  • Defense and prosecution of breaches of fiduciary duty (e.g., asset mismanagement and trust misallocation)
  • Determination of heirship
  • Disputed fee requests
  • Distribution and valuation disputes
  • Elder abuse
  • Elder financial abuse
  • Estate planning and administration legal malpractice litigation
  • Interpretations of wills and trusts
  • Reformation of defective trusts and wills
  • Removal of fiduciaries
  • Trust and estate accounting disputes
  • Trust revocation or reformation
  • Will and trust contests (e.g., lack of capacity or undue influence)

Joseph D. Hughes, Partner
Kurt D. Van Sciver, Partner