Trust & Estate Litigation is rife with human emotions - anger, a sense of betrayal, broken trust and at times disbelief. For attorneys experienced in probate, trust & estate battles, there is often familiarity - if not set patterns that repeat themselves: Sibling rivalry gone bad; Stepmother taking everything from Dad; and estate interlopers with surprising alleged "rights" only discovered after the death of the decedent.
While it may be intellectually quicker to identify patterns, the process is secondary to first listening to what our clients have to say, why they have to say it, and how they might identify the reason that they are seeking our help. There is an old saying that is old because it reflects longstanding wisdom. "People don't care what you know until they know that you care." Another old saying - this one from the Greek philosopher Epictetus goes, "We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." I think that I may have heard that philosopher's two ears/one mouth advice from a grammar school teacher.
In any event, we at Hackard Law have not yet perfected the art of listening. We are a work in progress. We remind ourselves how important it is that we really strive to listen to our clients - that we don't just classify people into this legal problem or that legal problem.
If you find yourself in the need of trust, probate and estate litigation counsel, you can call us - we'll listen. You can reach us at 916-313-3030.