What pea is in which pod? California probate disputes often involve questions of property ownership. Petitions filed under Probate Code section 850 allow judges to determine whether and to what extent an estate is the true owner of specified property.
Yet how far can Section 850 petitions be stretched? In Parker v. Schwarcz (2022) ___ Cal.App.5th ___, the Court of Appeal found that such petitions cannot be used as a vehicle to obtain a fiduciary’s file materials.