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Litigation and Planning Lawyers focusing on Estate, Trust, and Business, serving the greater Sacramento region

Estate and Business Lawyers

When it comes to a person’s estate or business-related issues, there can be a lot of money at stake, as well as the preservation of important relationships. It is important to take steps ahead of time to protect your estate or business in an attempt to avoid future conflict, and you should always do this with the help of a trusted and experienced law firm. In addition, you should seek legal help the moment you believe a dispute is arising, so you can resolve the matter as effectively and efficiently as possible.

If you are in the greater Sacramento region, look no further than The Sterling Law Group, A P.C. with offices conveniently located in Roseville and downtown Sacramento for all of your litigation and planning questions and concerns regarding your estate and business. Our team has decades of experience representing the interests of individuals, families, and businesses in the greater Sacramento region, and we can advise you of your options based on your circumstances.

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    OUR EXPERIENCED TRUSTS, ESTATES, AND BUSINESS LITIGATION AND PLANNING LAWYERS ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU THE ATTENTION AND CARE YOU DESERVE.

    Our team has over 50 combined years of experience in the Trust and Estate field. We have successfully litigated numerous cases where the underlying estate plans were not properly prepared, leaving a pathway for objections, arguments, and litigation. Our dedication to our client´s cause is evident when we are at trial. The experience gained in litigation gives us a unique view of how to properly prepare an estate or business plan. Since we litigate the errors, we know what not to do when creating your plan. We do not use automated programs that allow for the unique aspects of your life to be overlooked. Every litigation case and every plan is thought through from start to finish with your specific desired outcome in mind.

    Areas we serve

    Why Choose The Sterling Law Group

    Nothing beats our focus and determination to fight for our clients and achieve the results they expect.

    50 years of
    legal experience

    Click on one of our areas of expertise to read more. We have assisted clients with a wide range of complex legal matters.

    estate and trust litigation

    Even close family members can argue over inheritance matters, and in some cases, someone might want to file a lawsuit regarding a will or trust. Whether you think you might need to file a claim or need to defend against one, we can evaluate your situation.

    Business litigation

    Business disputes are bound to arise, whether they are regarding contracts, between owners, or regarding any other business-related issues. Address these disputes head-on with the help of experienced litigators who understand the challenges that company owners face.

    breach of feduciary duty

    The fiduciary duty is the highest form of legal duty, and it applies in many estate planning and business law situations. If you are accused of breaching a fiduciary duty, or you believe someone else in a position of authority has done so, reach out right away.

    Financial elder abuse

    Do you believe that someone is taking advantage of an older loved one and compromising their estate? Financial elder abuse is a common yet complex issue, and you need the right legal team ready to help address and stop this type of abuse and financial loss.

    trustee defense or removal

    Serving as a trustee is complicated, and beneficiaries of the trust might challenge the conduct of a trustee. Whether you are a trustee defending your actions or a beneficiary with concerns, our legal team can help.

    Trust Administration

    Serving as a successor trustee can be more complicated than you might imagine, and you might have general questions about your duties, or beneficiaries might challenge certain decisions you make. Never hesitate to seek legal guidance regarding trust administration.

    probate

    Even with the most effective estate plan, the probate process can still be complicated. Whether you are an executor of a will or you stand to potentially inherit part of an estate, we can provide legal assistance throughout every step of the probate process.

    will contests

    Much estate litigation involves will contests, which challenge the validity of part or all of someone’s will once it enters probate. These cases are challenging because you cannot ask the testator questions once they have passed away, but our law firm knows how to handle these contests.

    Estate Planning

    70% of what we do is litigation of Trusts and wills. And over ½ of these lawsuits are a result of poor estate planning. Every adult should have an estate plan, regardless of their family or wealth status. We can design and implement comprehensive estate plans for all situations, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and more. If you already have an estate plan, we can review it regularly and make necessary adjustments based on your life changes.

    business succession planning

    If you have a family business, the time to begin thinking about the future is now. Never assume that you will be around to run the company forever or that other family members will step in and easily take over if needed. Instead, we can help you form a successful business succession plan to protect the company.

    50 years of
    legal experience

    Click on one of our areas of expertise to read more. We have assisted clients with a wide range of complex legal matters.

    estate and trust litigation

    Even close family members can argue over inheritance matters, and in some cases, someone might want to file a lawsuit regarding a will or trust. Whether you think you might need to file a claim or need to defend against one, we can evaluate your situation.

    Business litigation

    Business disputes are bound to arise, whether they are regarding contracts, between owners, or regarding any other business-related issues. Address these disputes head-on with the help of experienced litigators who understand the challenges that company owners face.

    breach of feduciary duty

    The fiduciary duty is the highest form of legal duty, and it applies in many estate planning and business law situations. If you are accused of breaching a fiduciary duty, or you believe someone else in a position of authority has done so, reach out right away.

    Financial elder abuse

    Do you believe that someone is taking advantage of an older loved one and compromising their estate? Financial elder abuse is a common yet complex issue, and you need the right legal team ready to help address and stop this type of abuse and financial loss.

    trustee defense or removal

    Serving as a trustee is complicated, and beneficiaries of the trust might challenge the conduct of a trustee. Whether you are a trustee defending your actions or a beneficiary with concerns, our legal team can help.

    Trust Administration

    Serving as a successor trustee can be more complicated than you might imagine, and you might have general questions about your duties, or beneficiaries might challenge certain decisions you make. Never hesitate to seek legal guidance regarding trust administration.

    probate

    Even with the most effective estate plan, the probate process can still be complicated. Whether you are an executor of a will or you stand to potentially inherit part of an estate, we can provide legal assistance throughout every step of the probate process.

    will contests

    Much estate litigation involves will contests, which challenge the validity of part or all of someone’s will once it enters probate. These cases are challenging because you cannot ask the testator questions once they have passed away, but our law firm knows how to handle these contests.

    Estate Planning

    70% of what we do is litigation of Trusts and wills. And over ½ of these lawsuits are a result of poor estate planning. Every adult should have an estate plan, regardless of their family or wealth status. We can design and implement comprehensive estate plans for all situations, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and more. If you already have an estate plan, we can review it regularly and make necessary adjustments based on your life changes.

    business succession planning

    If you have a family business, the time to begin thinking about the future is now. Never assume that you will be around to run the company forever or that other family members will step in and easily take over if needed. Instead, we can help you form a successful business succession plan to protect the company.

    Our Clients
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    What people are saying about us

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    “The Sterling Law Group was formed with the desire to protect our client’s estates, businesses, and personal interests during thier lives and after.” – Stephen J. Slocum
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      The Sterling Law Group and Stephen Slocum have represented my family more than once and provided us with excellent service. From early 2015 through early 2016, Mr. Slocum was...

      Kim and Jeff
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      I had just lost my father by an unexpected illness and was named the trustee of his estate my emotions were fresh and discord was alive and well within the family unit left b...

      Tonya Lofton
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      The team at The Sterling Law Group was there at the right time when I needed them. They were honest, wasn’t there to take my money and most importantly, kept me informe...

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      This is the first time I used The Sterling Law Group and I would not hesitate to recommend them. Everyone from the front office staff to the attorneys handling my account wer...

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      They are very skilled and professional Lawyers. They successfully helped me with my case. Thank you.

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      Steve was very professional when it came to conservatorship. He helped me out of a tough situation and I appreciate him stepping in.

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      Wonderful Staff and they know their stuff, great to work with, I would recommend to anyone and everyone!

      Sherrine
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    A LEGAL TEAM YOU CAN COUNT ON

    Our Team Is Your Team – California Estate & Business Law

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The right place where you cand find the answers to your questions.

    An estate planning lawyer helps you identify your planning needs and designs and implements a comprehensive estate plan that protects you, your loved ones, and your property. They ensure that your plan complies with state law and is enforceable. Your lawyer will also regularly review your estate plan with you and revise it as needed.

    Business is complicated, and it involves legal relationships between many different parties. Owners can contract with additional owners, vendors, clients and customers, and other businesses, among others. When disputes arise regarding contracts, business management, or other legal obligations, the matter can escalate quickly. A business litigation attorney helps to resolve such conflicts in the most effective and efficient manner possible, whether it is through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or taking the matter to court.

    As the highest legal duty in the U.S. legal system, a fiduciary duty applies when someone is acting on behalf of another person or entity, which is common in business or trusts and estates. A fiduciary must act with the interests of the other party over their own and must act with proper care, loyalty, and good faith. When someone breaches this duty, legal consequences can arise.

    A living trust (also called an inter vivos trust) is a legal document that designates the trust as the owner of your property and names a trustee to manage and distribute the property according to your wishes. While you are alive, you will likely serve as the trustee with a successor trustee who takes over when you are incapacitated or pass away.

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