I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We litigate trust, estate, and elder financial abuse claims in California’s urban courts. We do this on a contingency fee basis.
For us, our approach corresponds to a Warren Buffett adage: “You don’t get paid for activity; you only get paid for being right.”
Addressing and often civilly prosecuting wrongdoers who exploit Alzheimer’s patients is a cause that I inherited. I wrote The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.
The book has received fair attention across the country. This attention includes the media, legal seminars, lawyers and most importantly elders and families of elders. My book includes a chapter on “Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Financial Elder A[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We’ve been sharing our videos on YouTube for over seven years now. It’s been a fun, challenging, and invigorating process.
It’s also a reminder that talk is different than experience. Some of the subjects that we address are new to us. They might be our initial forays into a niche. Or they just might be something that I thought would be fun to write and talk about.
That said, we have made a concentrated effort to share the lessons from experience in our field of litigation – in particular, estate and trust litigation. There are many aphorisms about the benefits of experience and the detriment of its counterpart - inexperience. Here’s one:
“Good judgment comes from experience; experie[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We litigate estate and trust disputes in California’s Superior Courts. We do this on a contingency fee basis.
Our Northern California practice covers Sacramento and the Bay Area. Our Southern California practice extends from Los Angeles/Ventura Counties to Orange and San Diego Counties.
Estate and trust disputes span a wide spectrum of wrongdoing, assets, and legal complexities. Experience counts. So does loving what we do. At Hackard Law, we love what we do.
Our clients are interesting, our cases challenging, and our quest for good results energizing. Our cases are grounded in storytelling. Stories of families, their life’s work, and often interference with long held expectations.
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. At Hackard Law we represent heirs and beneficiaries in estate and trust litigation. We do this on a contingency fee basis.
Clients often tell us that they don’t have the money to hire us on an hourly basis. Their budgets just don’t support it. We know this is true - studies show that forty to sixty percent of middle-class legal needs are unable to be met by existing legal services.
We’re grateful to be able to help some families on a contingency fee basis. The contingency fee agreement allocates a certain percentage of the recovery to the lawyer. We can’t and don’t take all cases offered to us. We must exercise discretion in what we take.
There are many factors to consider. Time, place[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We litigate estate and trust cases on a contingency fee basis in most of California’s large urban areas. These cases involve wealth and wealth transfers.
Clients seeking recourse for wrongful exclusion from parents’ or other family members’ estates and trusts have a choice of hourly fee or contingency fee arrangements. There is a distinction.
An attorney takes a significant risk in taking a case on a contingent-fee basis. The contingency fee agreement generally allocates a certain percentage of the recovery to the lawyer. As the California Supreme Court explained in Rader v. Thrasher, a 1962 case:
“A contingent fee contract, since it involves a gamble on the result, may properly provide [...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We litigate disputed wealth transfers – particularly in contentious estate and trust matters.
Many of these disputes are unpredicted. In the words of The Andy Griffith Show character Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”
Disinherited heirs’ astonishment is triggered when first learning of their exclusion from a parent’s estate. This astonishment turns into indignation when it’s a sibling who wrangled estate assets from their vulnerable, sometimes incapacitated parent.
We’re not astonished – we’ve litigated too many of these cases to be surprised. Experience, preparation, and knowledge embolden us to fight these challenges.
We litigate on a contingency basis – often [...]
If you live in Sacramento, you’ve probably noticed how the homeless problem has spun out of control over the past few years. It’s no exaggeration – we’re facing a full-blown public safety and public health crisis.
The city’s leadership hasn’t just ignored the problem; they’ve enabled it. They themselves are comfortably insulated from the crime wave, but law-abiding Sacramento residents – people with families, homes and jobs – are left to face the terrible consequences.
No one in a position of authority has stood up and spoken out for the victims until now. That is why we welcome Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho’s lawsuit against the City of Sacramento for its refusal to confront a serious danger to our [...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We represent estate heirs, trust beneficiaries, and victims of financial elder abuse in most of California’s largest urban areas.
We’ve found that undue influence on makers of estates and trusts generates an inordinate number of estate challenges. Undue influence is sometimes referred to as over persuasive influence. It has many elements and can be scrutinized from many angles.
Today, I’m going to use an appellate case (Keithley v. Civil Service Bd.) to focus on what constitutes undue susceptibility to over persuasive influence. I’ll make some comments as to each point and reference situations that I’ve seen to shine some light on the point.
“[U]ndue susceptibility to ... over pers[...]