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September 2017 Archives

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 18 | The Economics of Contingency Fees

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 18 | Economics of Contingency FeesHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 18, where I'll discuss the basic economics of contingency fees in elder financial abuse and trust lawsuits.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 17 | Contingency Fees in Elder Financial Abuse Lawsuits

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 17 | Contingency Fees in Elder Financial Abuse CasesHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 17, where I briefly address representing wronged trust beneficiaries and victims of elder financial abuse on a contingency fee basis.

CA Trustee's Bad Ideas | Hiding the Trust from Beneficiaries

Hiding Trust from Beneficiary Lawsuit | CA Trustee MisconductIt's 2017. Experts estimate that California's population is approaching 40 million. Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Alameda, Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties are a very significant part of our state's annual growth. These are also counties where Hackard Law regularly litigates disputed trust, estate and elder financial abuse cases.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 16 | Confronting Elder Financial Abuse

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 16 | Confronting Elder Financial AbuseHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 16, where I talk about confronting a situation of elder financial abuse.

California Trust Litigation | 50 Million Dollar Estates

California Multimillion Dollar Estate Trust LitigationA few years ago I decided to pursue a video path to getting our ideas of estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation into the marketplace of ideas. I was motivated in part by the desire to not squander the knowledge that some forty years of law practice produced. And basically I wanted to get attention for my law firm's approach to protecting elders, their estates and their families.

CA Estate & Trust Litigation Battles | A House Divided

A House Divided Estate Trust Litigation.jpg"And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." [1] This scriptural passage (Mark 3:25) is the origin of Abraham Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech, an iconic observation about our nation's deep divisions over the subject of slavery.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 15 | Elder Financial Abuse Lawsuits

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 15 | Elder Financial Abuse LawsuitsHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 15, where I address representing victims of elder financial abuse in civil lawsuits.

Ground Rules for Trust & Estate Fights | Interpretation and Application

Road Rules | CA Trust & Estate Litigation Ground rules establish a set of principles by which decisions are made or problems solved. California trust and estate litigation is based upon a set of procedural and substantive ground rules. These rules are found in statutes, case law and Rules of Court.

Hackard Law Scholarship 2017 | Announcing the Winner

Hackard Law Academic Scholarship 2017 | Announcing the WinnerOur 2017 Hackard Law Academic Scholarship contest was a great success - this year we had nearly 300 contestants who submitted their applications. I want thank each and every one of you who put your time and energy into participating. It's a blessing to know there are so many students in our country who are a credit to their families and their communities.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 14 | Stories of Elder Financial Abuse

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 14: Stories of Elder Financial AbuseHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 14, where I address common stories of exploitation our seniors.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 13 | Someone Took Your Parents' House

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 13 | Someone Took Your Parents' HouseHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 13, where I briefly discuss the wrongful taking of an elder's home - a common occurrence in disputed estates.

Court Appointed Receivers May Safeguard Trust and Estate Assets

Court Appointed Receiver Trust Estate.jpgYour parents owned a business and real estate. They successfully managed the business for decades and built up family assets. They put these assets into a trust where they remained as trustees during their lifetime. When they passed away, successor trustees took over. The successor trustees, through incompetence or even wrongdoing, are damaging your family's economic heritage. They are failing to keep trust property separate and identified, they lack complete and accurate financial records, they are self-dealing, and they are failing to comply with California's requirements for serving as trustees.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 12 | Alzheimer's Risks to Estates & Trusts

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 12 | Alzheimer's Risks to Estates & TrustsHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 12, where I discuss ways lawyers can mitigate the risks Alzheimer's disease or dementia can pose to an estate or trust.

It Starts Here Podcast | Ep. 7: Pat McClain of Hanson McClain Advisors

It Starts Here Podcast Ep. 7 | Pat McClainMH: Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation, in California's major urban areas. This is Hackard Law's podcast, It Starts Here. This is an August 2017 podcast featuring Pat McClain, and I'll give you a little background on Pat, but you may already know it but he is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Hanson McClain Advisors. He has been in business for more than 24 years, has over 2 billion under management. He is listed as one of the Top 100 Barron's wealth advisors, he has been the co-host of Money Matters radio show for over 20 years. And it's one of the longest, if not the longest-running financial talk radio show in the country. And he is the chairman of the board of Sacramento Food Bank, and for many years he has led that effort and Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day, so thank you, Pat.

CA Trustee Duty | Report Information & Account to Beneficiaries

CA Trustee Reporting Duties | Trust Litigation AttorneyA trustee who embraces transparency[1] in timely informing beneficiaries of changes in a trust may often bring reconciliation to a family divided by grief and familial stresses. The countervailing movement to transparency is secrecy. Secrecy between trustees and beneficiaries may sow distrust, uncertainty and is fertile ground for imagined wrongs - whether valid or invalid.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 11 | Alzheimer's & Estate Litigation

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 11 | Alzheimer's & Estate LitigationHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 11, where I draw up a brief protocol for investigating Alzheimer's-related cases in estate and trust lawsuits. Each protocol includes the following elements:

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