What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? CA
The executor of my FILs will filed the will and we have a initial hearing date set up for the middle of next month.
We intend to contest the will and ask to have it thrown out. The executor will fight that.
She's hired an attorney and we're not sure about when we should get one ourselves. We DO NOT have the money for an attorney.
My question is: What happens at the initial hearing? Is it merely a short hearing to see if anyone is contesting it? Can we hold off on hiring an attorney until AFTER that or do we need to scramble to hire one now?
If we say we are contesting the will, and the executors attorney says they want the will to remain as is can a judge make a ruling at that initial hearing? Is it TYPICAL for judges to make rulings at that initial hearing?
Has anyone here actually BEEN IN A PROBATE hearing?