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The City of Elk Grove has a proud history that goes all the way back to 1850, when it was first founded as a way station for weary travelers. The pioneer days have come and gone, and Elk Grove has grown tremendously since then - it's now home to 150,000 residents and boasts new economic development with the growth of population and business entrepreneurship - and that's in addition to traditional agriculture that has characterized the area. Boasting a good education system, Elk Grove is also recognized as a fine place to raise a family. As families grow and prosper, however, there is also a need for knowledgeable estate planning services - especially attorneys who are experienced representing clients in estate, probate and trust litigation.
When generations shift in a family and an elderly parent passes on, there is sometimes the potential for conflict over an estate between heirs - whether they be siblings, cousins, stepchildren or even perfect strangers. In Elk Grove and throughout the Sacramento region, we've helped clients to safeguard their rightful property and assets in probate litigation - whether by a favorable settlement or court order. Oftentimes an estate dispute can come about from misunderstanding, but in other instances there's outright wrongdoing - illegal and immoral acts like theft, undue influence and elder financial abuse. We review each individual case and investigate it as its own story - with the foremost goal in mind to secure our client's interests and future well-being.
While each family has a unique history, Hackard Law's probate & trust litigation team has identified the most common problems in estate disputes and their best possible legal solutions. For example, we are often engaged in a will contest or trust litigation on behalf of abused beneficiaries - family members who aren't receiving the funds they are supposed to receive from a trust. At other times we fight for our Elk Grove clients in probate court (Sacramento County Superior Court) to ensure that their rights to family estate property are protected and carried out under the law. Here are some common estate litigation cases we frequently tackle:
An elderly mother of three children dies in Sloughhouse. Unbeknownst to his two sisters, their brother had his ailing, confused mother change the will in the few months before her death. The original will specified a three-way division of estate property; now the son is taking everything. Undue influence and elder financial abuse are suspected. Hackard Law's litigation team will prosecute a will contest in civil court.
When a successful farmer in Wilton passes on at old age, he leaves his four children with equal division of a trust worth millions. With two children continuing the family farming business and two living in the city, there is a disagreement over how to fairly divide the trust assets that include shares in ongoing business operations. We are called in to help negotiate a resolution on behalf of trust beneficiaries and avoid costly trust litigation.
A Rancho Murieta man inherits his father's estate property and substantial bank accounts. His father, who had suffered dementia, had just died weeks prior. Now the man learns that the bank accounts are depleted, and that his elderly father's caregiver had been assigned power of attorney in the months before his passing. Hackard Law estate attorneys prepare for probate litigation and recovery of funds from the wrongdoer.
All the above cases are a regular occurrence in the world of estate, trust and probate litigation. If you've been wronged in an Elk Grove estate matter, it's easy to feel like you don't have a voice. At Hackard Law we have the experience and professional excellence to stand for you and your interests. Protecting you is our priority number one. Call us today at (916) 313-3030.