I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. Our YouTube channel is now five years old. It has more than 670 videos. More than 2 million views. Almost 5000 subscribers.
How do we keep it fresh? It’s easy. Apply real-life experiences. Listen to callers’ questions. Tell stories that we want to tell. This is story that I want to tell: “Playing the Part Well.”
When I take a case, I want “to play the part well.” The advocacy part. The excellence part. The moral part.
People come to us with estate and trust cases. Some simple. Some readily solved. Some complex. I’m more likely to be involved in the complex.
There are three main parts to every case: the facts, the law, and the proof. Each element is challenging. Facts might be [...]
Hi, I’m Stephanie at Hackard Law. We’re already into April, and it’s time to change things up! This time around we are giving away an incredible camera – the Sony ZV-1, the top camera for content creators. It’s got special features like product showcase setting, background defocus, soft skin effect, and face-priority autoexposure. The Sony ZV-1 is a great choice if you want to film yourself playing your favorite song on your guitar, doing a fitness routine, giving a tutorial, or just telling your story.
Want to enter for a chance to win? The basic rules for the contest are simple. First step, leave a comment below. Who is your favorite content creator or channel? It could be anyone! Maybe a musician, gamer, fitness expert, ar[...]
He is risen. Three words. Three words that turned mourning to joy.
Three words that kindled a fire that’s endured for over two thousand years. Our last year, for many of us, has included times of darkness, doubt and mourning.
It’s now Easter 2021. May the promises of Easter – resurrection, renewal, and rebirth – bring us a new year of life.
We wish you all a Happy Easter from Hackard Law.
I’m Mike Hackard from Hackard Law. We work to be one of California’s leading trust and estate litigation law firms on behalf of beneficiaries.
Legendary newsman Larry King died in January of this year at the age of 89, and he managed to interview just about every celebrity, politician and anyone else of note over his 60-plus-year career. King’s personal life was also eventful – he was married eight times to seven women. He fathered five children.
With that kind of marital history, the chances of an estate fight rise dramatically. And sure enough, a month after his passing, Larry King’s seventh wife, Shawn Southwick-King, brought legal action in Los Angeles Superior Court to dispute King’s 2019 handwritten – or holographi[...]
Hi, I’m Stephanie at Hackard Law. Our Spring Guitar Giveaway is now complete, and we are excited to announce the winner: contestant Jennifer Herman was selected by our random comment picker software to receive the prize, a brand-new Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster! Congratulations to Jennifer, and we’ll be in contact with you so you can take ownership of this awesome guitar.
Jennifer’s big wish for spring is to enjoy the warmer weather! Also, we’re extending a huge thank you to all of you who participated for your likes, comments and shares. We are grateful for you guys, since you make these contests possible! And – stay on the lookout for future giveaways. We’ll keep giving away amazing guitars, but our next contest we’re goi[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We work at being one of California’s leading estate and trust litigation law firms. I work at sharing knowledge that I’ve gained over the years in representing beneficiaries, heirs and personal representatives in estate and trust disputes.
Psychologists tell us that when we see unstructured messes that we instinctively look to find patterns and order. The patterns and order that we find may be meaningful. Maybe then again, not.
Nonetheless, most will agree that estate and trust disputes look like shapeless muddles. Being hardwired to look for patterns, I do. Long experience brings lots of opportunities to look and find patterns in seemingly unrelated events.
A common pattern in estate disput[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We work at being one of California’s leading estate and trust litigation law firms.
We often represent aggrieved beneficiaries and heirs. From the outside looking in, some of our clients may look like “poor little rich kids.” From the inside, we see that there are plenty of trustees who mishandle trust assets. Assets placed in trust to benefit a wealthy parent’s children at his or her death. I’ll give a few examples.
A wealthy father is dying. He’s unmarried. He has two children. He turns to an estate planner for help. The estate planner introduces him to a licensed California fiduciary. The licensed for-profit fiduciary advertises on her website that she is “compassionate.” He beli[...]
I’m Mike Hackard of Hackard Law. We work to be one of California’s leading estate, trust and catastrophic injury law firms. We regularly litigate cases on a contingency fee basis.
A contingency fee is an arrangement where the lawyer agrees to a fixed percentage of a case recovery. They’re negotiated arrangements.
California has particular requirements that are set out in statutory and ethical rules.
These rules must be followed when attorneys and clients enter into contingency fee agreements. Contingency fees allow people who cannot afford legal services to pursue litigation.
Some say that contingency fee lawyers are gamblers. I disagree. Chance-based gambling has outcomes that are uncertain. Outcomes that are based comple[...]