Asked in Criminal Law and Agricultural Law for California

Q: How often does a criminal prosecution happen in California over Grand Larceny of an estate's assets worth over $200,000?

My father died last month. His Trust is signed and has shared Co-executors- my sister and stepmother. My stepmother is unhappy with the Trust as written and has started stealing and and selling assets (cattle, trucks, ranching equipment) whose loss of value to the Trust is thus far, $200,000. We have been advised to contact a DA right away as this still seems to be a crime in process. Would this be a criminal complaint or a civil one?

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

if she is stealing and that is a criminal act, I suspect contacting law enforcement makes sense.

however, I would make an appt for a consultation with a local lawyer asap.

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