In addition to AVVO, you can call the local bar association. I would call the probate attorneys in that area and ask them who they refer litigation matters over to for litigation. Many probate attorneys don't handle litigation. In fact, some lawyers will offer to take your case to collect a retainer even though they will ultimately refer the matter out if it results in litigation. They do this after they figure out (on your dime) that they can't resolve the matter without litigation. Your situation sounds like you need a genuine litigator for probate matters right from the start - so you're doing the right thing in looking specifically for a probate litigator.
I am so sorry you are going through all this. I would suggest you use the FIND A LAWYER search on Avvo and call a few probate attorneys you find through that search until you find one you are comfortable with.
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You can have a local probate lawyer investigate the situation. Avvo has an excellent "find a lawyer" tool to locate a top-rated attorney near you who offers a free consultation.
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