Many Californians view probate and trust planning as a simple chore. They are partially right. A financial and legal consultation is not a very high priority for most people. But there are some major differences between cutting the grass and preparing a will. Most importantly, the grass grows back. But once your estate plan is in place, it may never need renewal or revision. While we do recommend periodic legal and financial checkups, having a good plan in place is the best resting point.

Pasadena probate and trust attorney Silvio Nardoni brings an added dimension to your estate plan. Before preparing documents, attorney and client have an in-depth conversation about your vision for the future. Then, working together, we put together a plan that helps achieve your chosen goals. All this work takes place entirely within the private confines of our office.

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What’s Involved in the Planning Process?

Our planning process is entirely confidential.  We don’t disclose your information to anyone outside our office. Period. Moreover, beneficiaries and inheritors usually are not included in the process, unless you specifically request their feedback.

Your estate plan emerges out of a meticulous conversation memorialized in our notes. After you identify your goals, Pasadena probate and trust attorney Silvio Nardoni embodies them in a comprehensive set of planning documents. This kind of intimate feedback from a legal professional is something that online, do-it-yourself will kits can never offer.

The added peace of mind does not end with the printed documents. California probate judges throw out hundreds of wills a year based on technical signing defects. We offer a will signing ceremony, so that cannot happen. We also help you strategically place copies of the will in the proper places. So, your information is secure yet available when you need it.

How Do These Documents Go Into Effect?

Inter vivos (living) trusts usually take effect as soon as the trust is funded. Paper trusts without a corpus (the property in the trust) are unenforceable. Testamentary documents work a bit differently.

Testamentary trusts are usually part of the person’s will, so they take effect once the will is probated. Once the judge appoints an executor, that person settles the estate’s accounts. Then, after the beneficiaries and inheritors receive their shares, the estate is closed. A Pasadena probate and trust attorney can usually wrap up the process within twelve months.

What Happens If Things Go Wrong?

Most wills pass through probate unopposed. Most trusts are unopposed as well, especially since lawmakers toughened the no-contest clause rules in 2010.

However, it is never safe to assume that there will never be any disagreements. Sometimes, testators (the people who draft wills) make changes to their documents that don’t truly express their wishes. Other times, an unanticipated challenge to a trust comes from an unforeseen location.

Pasadena probate and trust attorney Silvio Nardoni is highly experienced in litigation matters. Your legal team works hard to bring these matters to a prompt and firm resolution that upholds your legal and financial interests, as well as the document maker’s true intentions. In our experience, open communication, hard work, and attention to detail generally yield the best possible results.

Important choices about your current and future assets should not come out of a box. Instead, Californians should base these decisions on solid legal advice. For a free consultation with an experienced Pasadena probate and trust attorney, contact the Law Office of Silvio Nardoni. We routinely handle matters in Los Angeles County and nearby jurisdictions.


If you want to develop a meaningful estate plan, need advice about your legal rights in a probate dispute, or want tenacious representation in a business dispute, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.