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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
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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
  • Free Consultation
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  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees allowed on large litigation cases.
Professional Associations
Villa Park Rotary Club
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Orange County Bar Association
- Current
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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Legal Answers
23 Questions Answered

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.
Q. My late husband had a parcel of land in El Dorado County that we never bothered to put my name on. Must I probate it?
A: Most likely yes, but you can probably avoid a full probate. There are other options to a full probate that a spouse can file or other heirs depending on the value of the property.
Q. I am in probate and am executor of my brother's estate. When I list non-cash items, do I include items that are not in
A: No, you only have to list assets that are going through probate. If you held the condo as joint tenants then you should have right of survivorship which means it doesn't have to go through probate. If you were tenants in common then his portion will have to go through probate.
Q. Will I receive any formal notification if my minor children are beneficiaries of a Trust? I received only word of this.
A: In California, all beneficiaries have a right to a copy of a trust once it becomes irrevocable. She cannot deny a copy of the trust. It is a bit complicated since your children are minors, but if taken to court there is no judge who would not require a copy of the trust to be provided.
Q. Executor sold house and entire furnishings. Right now there is only a bank account. Nothing has been presented to heirs
A: If there was only a will and no trust and there was real property involved then most likely the executor would have to get appointed by the court before they would have the proper authority to sell the property. If there was a trust then there might not be a required court process. In any event, the beneficiaries or heirs have a right to see all assets of a trust or estate and have a right to make sure it gets handled properly and efficiently.
Q. Can an alleged verbal agreement override the terms of a written trust in California?
A: The trustee must act according to the terms of the trust. Absent anything in writing, the trustee cannot honor what was verbally stated before grantors life.
Q. my friend who i lived with for 14 years died he left his house to me in a will and a transfer on death deed. Now his
A: You can submit the will to probate and the family would have to fight it.
Q. Before final distribution is made can I as a benificiary request an audit/Accounting of the trust?
A: Yes. If you are a beneficiary of an irrevocable trust you have the right to a full accounting which should show you the starting value of all assets, all transactions that occurred during administration, and the ending balance left to distribute.
Q. If it states inherites 1/3 of estate what does that mean exactly?
A: Most likely this means that all other assets that are not specified or outside the trust will go with 1/3 to her.
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