Christopher Miles Kolkey

Christopher Miles Kolkey

Christopher Kolkey, a senior associate at Downey Brand LLP, litigates trust and estate cases. Chris grew up in Granite Bay. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA and then worked at a Los Angeles law firm for four years before joining Downey Brand. (Read more…)

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California Probate Administration Is No Time for Napping

In the absence of a trust that allows assets to pass without opening probate, the California probate process lasts for at least six months and can run much longer depending on the size of the estate and the nature of assets. The role of the personal representative (i.e., the “executor” if nominated in the will) … Continue Reading

Free Rider No More — When Can a California Trust Beneficiary Shift Legal Fees to Other Beneficiaries?

American courts (including our California state courts), in contrast to courts in England, do not typically award attorneys’ fees to a lawsuit’s “victor.”  There are, of course, exceptions to this so-called “American Rule.”  Among them is the “common fund” exception, which provides that one who incurs fees winning a lawsuit that creates a fund for … Continue Reading
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