MHProNews has learned following a five day bench trial, the law firm of Hart, King & Coldren (HKC) of Santa Ana, California successfully defended its client, a trust, against another trust that claimed 75 percent ownership of real property in Los Angeles County of which HKC’s client owned half. Having learned the plaintiff’s claim was based on an improperly filed deed more than a decade ago by plaintiff’s prior attorney, HKC filed a counterclaim to correct the deed, recover the expenses used to maintain the property that the plaintiff had refused to pay, and appoint a referee to sell the property. In court, the prior attorney for the plaintiff admitted to a drafting error in creating the deed, and HKC proved the plaintiff’s testimony surrounding the deed’s preparation lacked credibility. In addition, the judge ruled HKC’s client could be reimbursed for attorney’s fees and costs.
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