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Robert C. Chiles | Chiles and Prochnow, LLP
Kenneth H. Prochnow
Following Mr. Cox's death in 2003 Mr. Chiles moved his practice to Palo Alto, and in 2006, joined with Kenneth Prochnow to form Chiles and Prochnow, LLP.
has been handling cases of this type for many years, and Mr. Chiles had significant experience in the 1970s working on prominent probate estates.
Robert Chiles | Chiles & Prochnow
Following Mr. Cox's death in 2003 Mr. Chiles moved his practice to Palo Alto and in 2006 joined with Kenneth Prochnow to form Chiles and Prochnow, LLP.
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Kenneth H. Prochnow
was retained by the children of a Santa Clara County resident.
The children's mother was deceased; their father had remarried several times.
fourth wife, the father left the United States and he
was living abroad at the time of his
After the father's death, the widow/fourth wife funded the father's trust with assets of dubious and substantially overstated value.
filed suit on the children's behalf to secure their residual interest in the trust, and recorded a lis pendens on real property that was still held in the father's name.
After a Santa Clara County Superior Court trial, the children's claim against the fourth wife was upheld.
The father's liened property was sold and the proceeds of sale were applied to fund the family trust in the amount called for by the declaration of trust.
recovered prevailing party attorneys' fees for their clients in excess of $150,000 against the fourth wife, based upon her
resistance to the children's claim.
The fourth wife then filed a probate petition to drain the trust of its just-acquired assets, now claiming that those assets were required for her
support and maintenance.
Attorney Prochnow defended the trust and the children's interest in it against the fourth wife's claim, which was rejected after a second Superior Court trial.
In a recently resolved estate contest, Kenneth Prochnow
represented the stepchildren of a decedent.
The children's father had predeceased their stepmother.
will was never found and his
estate was not probated; the children received nothing at the time of his
The stepmother then created a personal services agreement with a caregiver that, if fully realized, would have given the caregiver all her
In addition, the stepmother later executed two wills, and a trust, leaving her
entire estate to her
surviving son and/or the caregiver.
was retained by the former spouse of a decedent; the deceased spouse left a purported trust leaving substantial assets to his
sister, brother and mother, despite alleged promises and assurances that his
assets would be left in trust for the son that he
had when married to the firm's client.
In a recent construction dispute, Kenneth Prochnow
was retained by a homeowner whose contractor had recorded a mechanics' lien against his
home for amounts allegedly due and owing under a home improvement contract.
In an employment dispute, Kenneth Prochnow
was retained by a brokerage firm employee who alleged that she
was wrongfully terminated by the brokerage firm and the registered representative for whom she
The brokerage firm petitioned to dismiss or stay the firm's civil action and its jury trial threat by claiming the benefit of an arbitration clause contained in the employment application the client had filled out at the time the brokerage firm hired her
, and signed again when she
changed jobs within the firm.
In an employment dispute, Robert Chiles and Kenneth Prochnow
were retained by the former employee of a Silicon Valley high-tech company.
Kenneth H. Prochnow | Chiles and Prochnow, LLP
Kenneth H. Prochnow
Attorneys > Kenneth H. Prochnow
Born in Wisconsin, Kenneth Prochnow was educated at Columbia College and the New York University School of Law.
At NYU, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
After clerking for Judge Leonard Garth (U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit), Mr. Prochnow practiced briefly in New York as an associate with a Wall Street firm before returning to the Midwest.
litigation practice as an associate and partner in Minnesota featured exposure to a broad variety of civil litigation, involving issues and cases from substantial securities class action work to commercial and real estate cases.
practice covered jury trials, arbitrations and appeals.
Mr. Prochnow's Minnesota experience was highlighted by his completion of intensive trial lawyer training at a National Institute for Trial Advocacy National Session in Boulder, Colorado.
In 1984, Mr. Prochnow
moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
practice as a Palo Alto trial attorney has included commercial disputes, real estate matters, fraud and investment cases, investment and mutual fund cases, broker-dealer and broker-customer litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy cases, and intellectual property and computer law litigation.
In recent years, Mr. Prochnow
has increasingly concentrated his
practice in probate litigation.
continues to practice as a trial lawyer in commercial litigation matters, breach of contract cases, disputes including allegations of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty, and real estate cases.
has been A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years.