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Southern California Probate Attorneys

California Estate Litigation

An Enviable Depth of Trial Experience Resulting From Hundreds of Jury Trials

Probate law is highly complex to ensure that beneficiaries' assets and rights are fully protected and to ensure that beneficiaries receive the advocacy they deserve. Why, then, is probate litigation so common?

Numerous issues can interfere with beneficiaries' rights to receive funds through the probate and trust law processes. For instance:

  • Wills and other estate planning documents are not always clear. Who is to receive what funds and at what time? Who exactly are the beneficiaries? And, if there are two or more wills, which one is valid?
  • Trustees do not always competently or conscientiously manage the probate process. A trustee's failure can involve a breach of fiduciary duty and can result in numerous failures and problems, including the failure to distribute, failure to account, failure to report, and failure to name beneficiaries.
  • When one beneficiary has undue influence over the trust or had undue influence over the deceased, disputes can arise.

At the law firm of Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP, we have handled probate litigation for a broad range of parties, including beneficiaries, banks and trustees. Are you a beneficiary of an inheritance or trust and believe that the distribution of your assets has been mishandled?

We are experienced Orange County probate lawyers who have litigated hundreds of legal disputes in court. Our trial experience and commitment to clients' rights ensures you will receive the aggressive and effective legal help you need. For more information, please contact our firm.

Contact Us

Our firm is available for evening and weekend appointments, operates four offices to better serve clients, charges reasonable and competitive rates, and accepts credit cards. To contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Orange County civil litigation attorney, call 949-769-2481.

Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
E-mail the Firm | Irvine Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
E-mail the Firm | San Diego Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
E-mail the Firm | Map and Directions

355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
E-mail the Firm | Ontario Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265