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Skilled Palo Alto Estate Litigation Attorneys

How our firm can help

Chiles and Prochnow, LLP, is a Silicon Valley civil litigation firm. While we are experienced trial lawyers, we recognize that our clients need their lawyers to be both counselors and advocates. We pride ourselves not only on the results we achieve in court or at arbitration, but also on the disputes we resolve through negotiation or mediation. Good advice counts as much as great argument.

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In recent years, the firm has emphasized its contested probate practice. Contested probates can arise when a will or trust leaves family members or friends of a decedent with less than they had reason to expect. Oftentimes a trust amendment or a will codicil changes dispositions or bequests to benefit certain beneficiaries at the expense of others. Where these changes occur late in the life of a decedent or even shortly before death – a time when capacity may be questioned, opportunities for undue influence may have arisen or financial abuse of an elder may have occurred – a trust challenge, will contest or civil action for elder abuse may be appropriate or may need to be defended. In such cases, our lawyers have the knowledge, experience and reputation for forceful advocacy to provide effective representation at a cost that is tailored to the importance of the matter.

Our partners are AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the oldest and most respected source of attorney peer review. Reserved for the top 5 percent of American lawyers, an AV-rating is the highest rating awarded. In addition, partner Robert C. Chiles is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only distinction conferred upon less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Robert has also been recognized repeatedly as a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine’s rating of the Top Attorneys in Northern California. Kenneth Prochnow has recently achieved the milestone of 20 years of carrying his Martindale-Hubbell AV-rating.

Whether you face a question of insurance coverage, a will contest, a maritime claim, or a commercial litigation in state or federal court in northern California, our lawyers can provide effective representation. We have the knowledge, experience and reputation to properly advocate on your behalf.

We believe that in matters involving litigation, arbitration, mediation or appeals we combine preeminent ranking with down-to-earth, personalized service. We welcome a chance to prove this.

For more information on our litigation practice, call us for a free consultation

At Chiles and Prochnow, we provide spirited advocacy and keep the big picture in mind. To schedule a free consultation at our Palo Alto office, please call us at 650-812-0400 or contact us online. We are conveniently located near all major routes on the San Francisco Peninsula.