California Trust and Estate Expert Witness Credibility is EverythingCredibility is everything when the case is tried: there is no substitute for working as a fiduciary in the field of trusts and estates as well as advising others who work in the field, as distinguished from just advising others but not actually being the one to perform the services. Qualifying expert witnesses for trusts and estates need credibility, and being able to state that you actually act as a fiduciary and also furnish expert witness services in California provides more credibility.
Example: In a recent case Tucker Cheadle testified as to the standard of care for a fiduciary with the other expert witness only having experience as an attorney advising others. As that other expert witness could not state that they actually had been a fiduciary, they couldn't even convince the attorney retaining them at their deposition that they were an expert witness, and they were withdrawn as an expert witness during trial. The other attorney was left without an expert witness for trust and estates. The entire litigation related to trust and estates. In contrast, the other attorney didn't make a motion to disqualify Tucker Cheadle, as he furnished substantial expert witness services in addition to the fact that he is a fiduciary in over 70 trusts and estates matters, and acts as an attorney advising other fiduciaries.
Tucker Cheadle litigates cases involving trusts and estates. In a recent decision, several precedents were established in trust and estate law in the court of appeals decision in Pham v. Cheadle G050964 (April 15, 2016). The precedents related to the attorney client privilege, disqualification of opposing counsel who obtains and uses privileged communications, and the Evidence Code relating to determining the intent of the decedent and the fact that a party adverse to the decedent cannot determine that intent from the decedent's attorney.
Contact Cheadle Law today to discuss C. Tucker Cheadle providing expert witness testimony for your trust or estate trial at 949.553.1066
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