While California law does allow trust beneficiaries to file “late” contests under certain circumstances, it is almost always best to take swift action in submitting a challenge. Even if the state’s probate code sometimes permits petitions outside the typical 120-day timeline, the court still has the power to dismiss your lawsuit if a judge feels you waited too long or filed in bad faith.


Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.