Estate LitigationGive Yourself A Fighting Chance In Trust & Estate Litigation
Other firms rely on civil litigators with little or no experience in the fields of probate, trust and estate law. But you need a battle-ready litigation attorney who knows the ins and outs of complex estate cases – you want to have a “fighting chance”Learn More
Will ContestsIf There Is A Dispute With A Will, We Can Be In Your Corner
In order to contest a will, you must have standing. That is, you must be able to show that you have a financial stake in the outcome. Our knowledgeable and highly regarded will contest attorney will be able to guide you through the entire process.Learn More
Elder Financial AbuseFinancial Exploitation Affects 1in 5 Older Americans Annually
Individuals with significant financial holdings who are in frail mental condition are vulnerable targets for those only looking for financial gain. America’s elders and their families deserve to be safeguarded and Hackard Law helps families who have been wronged.Learn More
Life Insurance Beneficiary LitigationWe Litigate California Life Insurance Beneficiary Cases
How does an insurance company decide who is the beneficiary when several individuals are claiming their entitlement? That’s when it is time to reach out to Hackard Law. We will help you submit your claim and answers any questions along the way.Learn More
Trust LitigationOur job as trust litigation lawyers starts with listening.
We often hear a story of parents or family members who experience unavoidable problems through no fault of their own. We listen to your story and then provide the best course of action to solve the injustice created by others who betray a trust or fail to keep promises.Learn More
EXPERIENCE. INTEGRITY. INSIGHT.
California Trust & Estate Litigation
At Hackard Law, we understand the importance of earning our clients’ trust. We do this by providing experienced legal counsel that is tailored to suit each client’s unique needs. Our commitment to every client is evident in our accessibility, as well as our clear and constant communication from the initial consultation through the resolution of each case.
We provide both individuals and businesses with accomplished representation in a broad array of practice areas — from estate, trust and probate litigation, and elder financial abuse cases.
Serving California And Beyond For
Nearly Four Decades
Founding attorney Michael Hackard, a Sacramento native, has practiced law since 1976 and led his own law firm since 1983. Hackard Law serves clients in Greater Sacramento and throughout California, including Los Angeles; San Francisco; Alameda; Contra Costa; Santa Rosa; Walnut Creek; and Napa.
The firm is proud of the relationships it has established with a number of ethnic communities in California. We have lawyers and support staff who speak Spanish and Russian.
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action. Use this contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Recognized By Clients And
Our commitment to our clients is reflected in the recognition that our attorneys have received. For more than 20 years, Michael has received an AV* Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating. He has also received an AVVO rating of 10 out of 10. The firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers list, and are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Michael Hackard has been interviewed regularly by local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, C-SPAN, and Fox News, and has testified before the US House of Representatives.
building relationships one client at a time.
What we have discovered over the past three decades is that when you build a business the right way, you end up building relationships that mean so much more.
Led by 40-Year legal veteran Michael Hackard, we exercise a firm-wide commitment to every client that makes it evident we are engaged in our work, empathetic with the client’s situation and intent on producing the best possible outcome.
If you are just meeting us, there are a few telltale signs that we live up to the high standards that we set for ourselves — for starters, our 30-plus years as a firm serving individuals and businesses in Greater Sacramento and surrounding counties. That kind of staying power doesn’t come to those who settle for mediocre performance. We believe in better.
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. FORTUNE 400 MEMBERS. SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNERS.
Top Performance for Top Performers.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards and deliver top performance for our clients. Hackard Law has worked with professional athletes, members of the Fortune 400, successful business owners and other top performers.
When you work with professionals accustomed to top performance, we expect nothing less from our own work.
The Internet era supports the simple truth that the voice of the customer is one of the most effective and trusted marketing tools available to a business. We proudly share a handful of our clients’ comments on this site.
Watch & Learn Videos
Our Legal BlogEstate law news & articles
Elder Inheritance Thefts | How We Can HelpAugust 3, 2020 Elder Financial Abuse
Our elders are the custodians of memory - links to our past. They’re also keepers of family wealth. They’ve been accumulating wealth longer. Ag[...] Continue Reading
Crippled, Blinded and Broken | COVID-Caused Civil Trial DelaysJuly 27, 2020 Abused Beneficiaries
An accused’s right to a speedy trial is one of our most basic Constitutional rights. It starts when a criminal prosecution begins. It serves both th[...] Continue Reading
Plain Talk About California Conservatorships | Lurking DangersJuly 23, 2020 Abused Beneficiaries Elder Financial Abuse
You’re concerned – frustrated – baffled. Your mom or dad is in failing health. Maybe they’ve been taken in a senior scam. Maybe their bills[...] Continue Reading
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied | California’s Trial Preference for SeniorsJuly 21, 2020 Elder Financial Abuse
It’s a legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. This is particularly true for senior plaintiffs. Defendants generally want to slow dow[...] Continue Reading
WIDELY REGARDED AS AN ESTATE
LITIGATION LEGAL EXPERT.
Michael Hackard’s book “The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse” presents both overview and in-depth analysis of elder financial crimes.
“Alzheimer’s, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes” is an invaluable guide for millions of Americans who are struggling with cognitively impaired family and inheritance-related conflicts.