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• Private Law Practice (1986-present), PROBATE AND ESTATE PLANNING; • Assistant General Counsel, Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, New York (1984-1986); • General Counsel, Grumman Flxible Corporation, Delaware, Ohio, (1976-1984); • Staff Attorney, Rohr Industries, Inc., Chula Vista California, (1971-1976); • Internal Auditor (1967-1971); • Military Service: United States Air Force, 1958-1962. • Judge Pro Tem (Small Claims Court Judge) and Judicial Arbitrator, Three Lakes Judicial District, Temecula, California (1991–1995). Teaching/Adjunct Professor: • Business Law; San Diego City College (1972-76); • Business Law; CTI, Columbus, Ohio (1976-79); • Business Law; Government and Business; University of Dayton Graduate School Of Business, Dayton, Ohio (Adjunct Professor in MBA program) (1979-84). Admissions/State. • California (1972); • Ohio (1984) (currently inactive); • Colorado (1998) (currently inactive); • Hawaii (2004) (currently inactive). Admissions/Federal. • United States Supreme Court (1975); • Federal District Court-Southern District of California (1972); • Federal District Court-Central District of Ohio (1984); • Federal District Court-Central District of California (2001); • Federal District Court-District of Hawaii (2004). Awards: • Bancroft Whitney American Jurisprudence Award. Oustanding study, Wills and Trusts. • Cold War Service Medal; • Honorable Service Medal

Practice Area
  • Probate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
University of San Diego School of Law
LL.M. (1993) | TAXATION
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University of Dayton
MBA (1979) | ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS
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University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1972)
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Honors: Bancroft Whitney American Jurisprudence Award-Study of Wills and Trusts
University of Redlands
B.A. (1967) | ACCOUNTING
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San Bernardino Valley College
A.A. (1965) | ACCOUNTING/BUSNESS
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Honors: DEAN'S LIST SECRETARY, HONOR SOCIETY BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Awards
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD
Bancroft Whitney
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE STUDY OF TRUSTS
Professional Associations
California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section # 51670
Member
- Current
State Bar of California # 51670
Member
- Current
Certifications
POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN THE STUDY OF TAXATION
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
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Sweeney Probate Law Website
Legal Answers
103 Questions Answered

Q. How do i reject the claims against probate case and can i reject the medical claim ?
A: If the claim is rejected, creditors may sue the estate to obtain payment, which can cause much delay and expense. Use DE-174.
Q. the administrator of my mom estate has turned down two offers to buy the house. foreclosed can make a claim probate bond
A: In its present form, I am unable to understand your concern. Please restate your question and be more specific on the facts supporting your question.
Q. Do i need to get a court date just to ask probate court to release partial funds from block acct ?
A: A blocked account cannot be withdrawn without a court order.
Q. I hired an attorney to help me contest my grandmother's will On a contingency fee
A: The facts upon which you base your question are quite convoluted. I am not sure anyone could assist you in this forum. If you feel you have been wronged in some way I suggest you seek counsel to review the situation.
Q. how can an administrator get back rent from me when I have never had to paid rent for last 11yrs I have lived here.
A: As a general rule when third parties are improperly occupying estate property, the Courts have allowed these persons to be charged monthly use and occupancy, which is like rent. It has been generally recognized that a person occupying estate premises will have to pay a monthly charge for failing to timely vacate.
Q. Must a successor trustee, now trustee due to grantor’s incapacitation, need to turn a property into a rental property?
A: Under California Probate Code Section 16007 the trustee has a duty to make the trust property productive under the circumstances and in furtherance of the purposes of the trust. The powers and duties of a trustee are spelled out in the trust instrument. Under California Probate Code Section 16002 the trustee has a duty to administer the trust solely in the interest of the beneficiaries.
Q. Are there any pro Bono probate lawyer's in Colorado springs
A: You might try Colorado Legal Services at https://www.coloradolegalservices.org/ to see if they can assist you with your probate matter. Also, you might consider contacting the Colorado Bar Association Find-a-Lawyer https://www.cobar.org/Licensed-Lawyer.
Q. Question my godfather and I where working on a will and power of attorney, but didn’t complete it, now he’s passed.
A: From your question you indicate the person the passed away is a "godfather." I assume you are not adopted nor are you biologically related to him. You indicated that you have watched over your "godfather" since you were 10 years old. By itself, the act of providing someone with personal care does not provide the caregiver with any inheritance rights, even if the caregiver has a family relation with the patient. That said, you might consider retaining a competent attorney to review your particular facts with you.
Q. I was charged $2500 for the legal fees related transferring my brother's car to me.
A: You should address this question to the attorney who did the work. I am sure he or she would explain the basis for the attorney fees.
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Sweeney Probate Law
San Juan Capistrano
32371 Alipaz St
#29
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
USA
Telephone: (949) 243-0408
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Orange
333 City Blvd W
17th Floor
Orange, CA 92868
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Laguna Hills
23046 Avenida De La Carlota
#600
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
USA
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19800 MacArthur Blvd
#300
Irvine, CA 92612
USA
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