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Disputed Trusts & Family Estrangement | CA Estate Litigation

Trust Litigation Disputes | California Estate Attorney

California heirs and trust beneficiaries living through trust disputes not only experience division, but also family estrangement. It is a battle between those beneficiaries who got property (rightfully or wrongfully) and those who are excluded from receiving trust or estate assets. It is often a struggle between people intent on keeping their gains and those thwarted from their rightful inheritance. Such fights disrupt family unity if it once existed.

I've found that family ruptures endemic to these battles imperil any assumptions of good faith between the parties. Whenever possible, it is helpful to lower the disputants' temperatures, a task not easily accomplished early in the process.

Hackard Law fights cases for victims of elder financial abuse as well as wronged heirs and beneficiaries. We do not stir up conflict. We're often brought into cases that exist because undue influence was exerted on a vulnerable elder that resulted in all or most of an estate being transferred to the wrongdoer.

These cases become a classic tug-of-war. Families already polarized lawyer up. No one should celebrate disunity. To the extent that we can, we should encourage peace and a movement toward agreement. We always appreciate it when cooler minds prevail and cases move toward reasonable resolution. Yes, this sometimes happens.

Whether a case moves toward a pretrial resolution or a trial, it is important that the lawyers leading the process understand the interplay of the law and family dynamics that are characteristic of elder financial abuse and trust lawsuits. Hackard Law is devoted to protecting client interests - we work from Sacramento and Los Angeles to Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Diego. If you would like to speak with about your case, you can call us at 916-313-3030. We'll be happy to hear your story and see how we might be able to help you.

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