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Genene N. Dunn

Genene N. Dunn

Partner at HUNSBERGER DUNN LLP, Serving Orange County for Over 30 Years!
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law
  • California
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Genene N. Dunn is a probate attorney who has been working with the probate courts since 2010, and became an attorney in 2014. Genene is a partner at HUNSBERGER DUNN LLP which has been serving Orange County for over 30 years. Genene handles many cases involving estate planning, trust administration, probate, and trust and estate litigation. At HUNSBERGER DUNN LLP we handle estates with values as low as $50,000.00 to those as high as $130million. There is no client too small or too large for our firm, and all clients are treated equally no matter the value of their estate. I help guide families through difficult court processes while keeping harmony among the members.

Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
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  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees allowed on large litigation cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English
Professional Experience
Hunsberger Dunn LLP
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Whittier Law School
J.D. (2014)
Professional Associations
Villa Park Rotary Club
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Orange County Bar Association
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Activities: Continually involved with the bar association and attend several MCLE courses throughout the year to stay up to date on current laws and trends in the trust and estate area of the law
Orange County Women Lawyers Association
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31 Questions Answered

Q. my dad had no will , no wife am i entitled to his 2,3 million dollar estate?
A: Your dad could have put her as a beneficiary on accounts. It depends on when he would have done that to determine if that would be a valid designation. However, for the real property you probably have more rights if there were no will or trust and only he was on title.
Q. Could irrevocable trust from California by dissolved or amended in this example?
A: Yes, a trust can be set aside if you can show the court that all beneficiaries agree or that circumstances have changed according to Probate Code Section 15409. The courts are getting tons of these petitions now with the higher exemption and older trusts that planned for a low exemption amount. It does have to be accomplished by a court petition.
Q. How do i become a payee on a trust account for a friend who is aasking for help
A: If you are asking how you get on a trust account at a bank, you generally have to be a trustee in order to be on a trust account. There are many different options if the current trustee needs help that an attorney can assist with.
Q. My father passed and his ex-wife just wants to get her name off the title & I'm the only sibling how should I do this?
A: It depends exactly how the deed reads. Most likely it will be pretty straightforward for the ex-wife to get off title as long as she continues to cooperate. If she changes her mind about signing off her interest then you might have to dig a little deeper on the divorce and file documents in probate. You will most likely still need to do something in probate court depending on exactly how title is held.
Q. The executor/trustee of my mother's trust has not provided an accounting with bill payments, receipts, actions, etc.
A: You usually have to start with a request as you have done so and the law typically gives them 60 days to respond. If you still aren't provided with the proper information by then your only recourse is to file a trust petition with the court. This is not a full lawsuit, but rather a petition asking for certain things from the court. It could result in litigation, but it does not automatically go there.
Q. My wife recently passed away intestate . One separate property, home valued at 1.2 M Assume I will inherit ?
A: If the property truly is separate property you should still have some kind of interest in it assuming there was no estate planning done at all. Most likely her assets will have to be probated and your interest will get sorted out through that process. If all these things apply, then most likely you have a right to half of those assets.
Q. If a suicide note states that everything is to be given to a specified non-relative, can it be contested?
A: A suicide can serve as a holographic will depending on the context of the note itself. I have had 2 suicide notes that have been held up as valid wills. Unfortunately your husband's rights will most likely be limited as long as he is alive as his parents are still considered his heirs. It all depends on what the notes say but your husband might not have a right to see them as long as he is alive. The parents have some rights as heirs, but that might change depending on if the note is a valid will.
Q. Do I need to use probate in my situation ? in California.
A: If title is only under her name but the property was bought during marriage using community property funds then you would most likely be able to file a spousal property petition to get the property transferred. It does not require the full probate procedure, but still some court interaction.
Q. My father passed a few years back and left no will behind. What kind of lawyer do I speak to about putting my siblings
A: You need a probate or trust administration attorney. If there was no will, then the law says who will get the house and it will have to go through the probate court process to be transferred. It depends on how he held title to the property as well and if someone else was on title with him.
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