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Mental Illness | Contesting a California Will or Trust

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Does a diagnosis of dementia affect estate, will contests and trust challenges in the Bay Area - San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa County? What is the definition of dementia? What do trust, estate and probate litigation attorneys need to know about mental illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer's? Was your father, diagnosed with dementia, unduly influenced by your stepmother to change his living trust shortly before his death? Did your father's Alzheimer's disease make him incompetent at the time he signed his living trust leaving everything to your nonworking sister who lived with him? A diagnosis of dementia in seniors is common. A New York Times September 23, 2016 article explores in detail that Monty Python star, Terry Jones, is now suffering from the effects of dementia - severely limiting his ability to communicate. The effects described are likely familiar to many who care for parents or loved ones with dementia.

Dementia & Bay Area Trust Challenges

Lawyers at our California estate, trust, and probate litigation law firm regularly have telephone as well as in office consultations with abused heirs and disinherited family members of a decedent who had been afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer's. Such consultations may address the issues of competency, financial elder abuse and undue influence. For those who elect to challenge a will or trust alternative fee arrangements are often explored including hourly fees, reduced hourly fees with a reduced contingency fee or a contingency fee without hourly charges.

Monty Python Original Member Has Dementia

This September 23, 2016 New York Times article describes how Terry Jones' dementia is affecting his life. The effects described in the article bring to mind issues that are often raised in trust litigation. At one point, if any, does the dementia diagnosis affect a trust challenge, undue influence trials or financial elder abuse claims? Does a dementia finding affect how a judge or jury may look at the vulnerability of an elder to undue influence?

Hackard Law regularly addresses issues that arise from modified estate plans made after the diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia. If this is a situation that affects your family and you want to speak to an attorney about the prevention of harm to your loved one or the protection of your family assets call us at (916) 313-3030. We'll be happy to speak with you.

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