Elder Law, Estate and Trust Litigation Services for California Residents

Work with an Attorney that has a strong track record for achieving positive results and a developed reputation for quality legal services.

I will keep you informed every step of the way...

Litigation issues can be personal, complex, and stressful. 

Even with the best planning and intentions, legal questions and disputes can arise.

When that happens, I’m here to help.

My husband and I needed a living trust. Dana spent a great deal of time going over our wishes and needs and customized a plan for us. We are very happy with the result and now have peace of mind knowing our estate plan is complete.

M.S. | Long Beach, CA

Hi, I'm Dana Cannon

I have nearly 30 years of experience with Estate and Trust Litigation matters. As an attorney, I have successfully administered, litigated, and settled small estates involving minimal assets, complex matters with assets in excess of $30 million, and everything in between.

My passion and drive to help clients stems from my personal experience with a family dispute involving my grandmother. I know first hand the emotional toll it can take out of a family when dealing with a legal dispute involving a loved one.

It is my goal to ensure that my clients are well-informed every step of the way, confident that their rights are being protected, and that all parties involved are treated with respect.

Why Choose Cannon Legal Firm For Your Elder Law, Estate and Trust Litigation Matters

  • Clarity Is My Superpower. I’m not your typical lawyer (so I’ve been told). I don’t try to complicate things so that you don’t understand and feel like you have to hire me. I have the unique ability to explain complex estate law clearly and concisely so that you understand everything we are doing every step of the way.
  • My Experience Saves You Money. I’ve spent thousands of hours in the courtroom - I’ve pretty much seen it all. My experience allows me to get things done efficiently and effectively which saves you time and money.

Besides being very personable, I found Dana to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful in putting together our estate plan. I feel comfortable knowing that everything was well taken of and I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Martina federico

I Represent Clients Involved In:

  • Will and Trust Contests
  • Will and Trust Interpretation Disputes
  • Beneficiary Disputes
  • Trustee Disputes
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Removal of Trustees
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

These are just a few of the situations that I’ve helped clients face.

Trust and estate litigation and probate matters typically involve complicated legal and factual issues that need to be individually addressed.

It’s best to schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific matter.

We consulted Dana Cannon on an Elder Care issue concerning my husband's father. We called to make an appointment but Dana took our call immediately. Very impressive. She listened thoughtfully to our concerns, she did some research, and she provided a legal opinion promptly. The suggested remedy was reasonable and responsible. We were very satisfied with her professionalism and would definitely recommend her firm to others.

Ann Crafton


I bill clients hourly for litigated matters.  That means you only pay for work that is performed.  Since every matter is different, I am not able to provide quotes for matters, but it is always my goal to resolve matters as quickly and economically as possible.

frequently asked questions

What is Trust and Estate Litigation?

Trust and Estate Litigation can be anything from a petition to challenge the validity of a Trust or Will or a dispute between a beneficiary and a Trustee or anything in between.  

If it involves a Trust, a WIll, or a Decedent’s Estate, chances are I have seen it and can advise you on your rights or responsibilities.

What is a Will contest?

A Will contest is a challenge to the validity of a WIll.  

For example, if you learn that your elderly parent allegedly signed a new Will, in favor of a neighbor and disinheriting the family, and they had suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s for many years prior to their death, chances are you will have questions or concerns about the validity of that Will.

Who can challenge a Will or Trust?

If you are the next of kin of the Decedent (heir at law) or if you were named as a beneficiary (named recipient of property in WIll or Trust) in an earlier version of the Will or Trust, you can challenge a Will or Trust.

What events can lead to a Will or Trust contest?

A Will or Trust contest usually stems from a drastic deviation in the terms of previous estate planning documents.  

For example, a Will or Trust that favors a caregiver, new significant other, or even one child or family member over others may be something that the prior beneficiaries or family members believe is invalid as a result of undue influence, lack of capacity, or fraud.

How can I ensure my loved one’s Trust is administered correctly?

Communication is key.  

It’s a common misconception that having a Trust means that nothing needs to be done when the Decedent passes. There are still administrative issues that need to be handled, such as paying creditors, final tax returns, clearing out the personal effects from the residence, and liquidating the assets of the Trust.  

While that process is typically not as time-consuming or expensive as probate, it takes time.  

Keeping the beneficiaries informed every step of the way can avoid miscommunications and alert you to objections before things become contentious.  

Having a qualified attorney to advise you and help you with this process can also help to streamline the process and keep the beneficiaries informed.

How much does it cost to hire a Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney?

There are many different types of Trust and Estate Litigation matters.  Some can be resolved quickly with a letter and others require years of litigation culminating in a trial.  There are many variations in between.  

As such, it’s impossible to provide a quote for the cost of Trust or Estate Litigation matters.  

Cannon Legal Firm charges hourly for litigated matters, so you only pay for services actually performed.  

While I am capable of seeing a litigated matter through a trial, I strive to resolve your matter at the first opportunity to save you both the expense of litigation, but the emotional toll that these matters can take.

DISCLOSURE: The answers contained herein are general responses, based on California law. They are not legal advice and do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client relationship.

Professional, knowledgeable, kind and caring...this is Dana Cannon. She assisted me with an account my late husband had established before his death, without my knowledge or a beneficiary listed. I thought I would need to file for probate, but Dana cited probate laws in CA and sent a letter stating so to the company. They finally relented and sent me a check for the entire investment. Thank you so much Dana! You made my life easier and less stressful!


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