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Law Offices of Christopher E. Overgaard

411 North Central Avenue, Suite 510
Glendale, CA 91203-2020

Phone: (818) 545-9881
Fax: (818) 545-0081

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
In Business Since 1994

During Mr. Overgaard's practice, he has been substantially involved in matters regarding probate law, conservatorships, trusts and estate planning. This includes preparation of hundreds of estate plans involving wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives for health care, deeds, and other related estate documents. He has also been substantially involved in tax planning matters regarding numerous estates, including tax procedures, estate tax returns, tax-sensitive wills and trusts, and other estate, gift, fiduciary and personal income tax returns. He is familiar with various tax issues, tax basis issues and other tax-related problems.

Mr. Overgaard has completed transfers, by administration or otherwise, of numerous decedents' estates that involve wills, intestacy, trust terminations, creation of testamentary trusts, terminations of joint tenancy, spousal set asides, and summary probate procedures. He has been involved in matters regarding property agreements, powers of attorney, gifts, powers of appointment, disclaimers, beneficiary clauses, and documents of title.

Wills and Probate

The following are some of the probate matters in which Mr. Overgaard has been involved:

  1. Petitions to appoint executors or administrators, and to probate wills.
  2. Contested proceedings regarding appointment of administration under Probate Code Section 8460 et. seq.
  3. Contested proceedings regarding appointment of executor under Probate Code Section 8429 et. seq. 
  4. Will contests under Probate Code Section 8250, et. seq.
  5. Determination of heirship proceedings under Probate Code Section 11700 et. seq.
  6. Contested matters regarding removal of estate representative due to negligence.
  7. Contested matters regarding concealment and disposal of estate property under former Probate Code Section 9869.
  8. Contested matters regarding family allowance under Probate Code Section 6540.
  9. Litigation regarding conversion of estate property.
  10. Petitions under former Probate Code Section 9860 to confirm decedent died in possession of real or personal property.
  11. Litigation regarding admission of lost will to probate under Probate Code Section 8223.
  12. "Safe Harbor" petition under Probate Code Section 21320.
  13. Contest to Creditor's Claim under Probate Code Section 9254.
  14. Petition to settle, allow and approve Creditor's Claim under Probate Code Section 9831.
  15. Petitions to Confirm sale of Real Property.
  16. Petitions to determine ownership of estate, conservatorship, and trust property under Probate Code Section 850.
  17. Petition under Probate Code Section 10350 Re liability of defaulting purchaser in a probate sale of real property.
  18. Petition for probate homestead under Probate Code Section 6520.
Conservatorships and Guardianships
The following are some of the probate matters in which Mr. Overgaard has been involved:
  1. Petitions to appoint conservators of the person and estate.
  2. Contested matters regarding termination of conservatorships under Probate Code Section 1860 et. seq.
  3. Litigation regarding contested appointment of conservators, including competing petitions for appointment of conservator.
  4. Petitions to approve accountings in conservatorships and guardianships.
  5. Objection to accounting in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings under Probate Code Section 2622.
  6. Petition to make gifts from conservatorship estate under Probate Code Section 2580, and to make gifts from trust estate under Probate Code Section 17200.
  7. Petitions to determine ownership of estate, conservatorship and trust property under Probate Code Section 850.
  8. Petition to create trusts and wills under Probate Code Section 2580 (substituted judgment petition).
  9. Contested LPS conservatorship proceedings.
General Estate
The following are some of the estate matters in which Mr. Overgaard has been involved:
  1. Litigation regarding establishment of constructive trusts due to fraud, undue influence or lack of capacity.
  2. Set aside of real property transfers due to undue influence (Civil Code Section 1575), and lack of capacity (Probate Code Section 810 et. seq.).
  3. Litigation to compel accounting under power of attorney.
  4. Litigation regarding powers of attorney under Probate Code Section 4230 et. seq.
  5. Litigation for damages against attorney-in-fact under power of attorney.
  6. Litigation to determine if estate assets are community property or separate property.
  7. Litigation regarding status of property as joint tenancy or community property, and Civil Code Section 683.2.
Trust Matters

The following are some of the trust matters in which Mr. Overgaard has been involved:

  1. Contested matters regarding removal of trustee for violation of duties, including violation of Probate Code Sections 16001,16002, 16003, 16004, 16060, 16061, and 16062.
  2. Litigation to compel distribution under irrevocable trust.
  3. Litigation regarding disputed parent and child relationship under Probate Code Section 6454.
  4. Litigation regarding internal affairs of trust and to determine existence of trust.
  5. Petition for order that trustee holds title to real property under Probate Code Section 17200.1. 
  6. Petition to terminate irrevocable trust under Probate Code Section 15403 and 15404.
  7. Litigation regarding appointment or successor trustee under Probate Code Section 15660.
  8. Petitions to approve accounting of trustee.
  9. Objection to trust accounting/fees.
  10. Petition for damages and surcharge against trustee due to negligence.
  11. Determination of heirship under Probate Code Section 17200.
  12. Petitions to determine ownership of estate, conservatorship, and trust property under Probate Code Section 850.
  13. Litigation regarding adopted-out child's right to inherit under Probate Code Section 6451.

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