First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. Secondly, unfortunately, this forum is not for attorney solicitation. However, you can use Avvo's "Find a Lawyer" tool above to try to locate an attorney.
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You definitely want to hire an attorney experienced probate and/or estate planning. You can visit the State bar website at www.calbar.org to find a list of attorneys specializing in probate/estate planning. Best of luck to you.
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I am really sorry for your predicament. You are being sued under probate code section 850 and 859. You are correct that you need counsel. While funds may be tight, if you lose, you'll really be in trouble. Also, dont settle on an attorney just because they are inexpensive and fit in your budget. Check with the state bar for a referral or contact your local county bar association. Also, you may be able to find several lawyers on the find avvo site.
I wish you the best, and dont delay. You do need good, competent legal counsel.
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