Hackard Law attorneys represent Los Angeles-area trustees, beneficiaries and heirs in trust and estate lawsuits. We give due regard to Abraham Lincoln's advice: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can." And we certainly give special regard to empowering our clients' decision making.
Compromise is an art not easily practiced and must be handled with care. Early efforts can be tough, as parties neither want to be bullied nor show weakness. Establishing client trust and credibility with our opponents is an initial and continuing task. Instead of starting a barroom brawl, "speaking softly and carrying a big stick" is the optimal approach.
Whether in Santa Monica, Hancock Park or Orange County, disputes generally start with the loss of a family member and the discovery of wrongdoing. Loss can occur while living - isolation, theft, physical and financial abuse are possible factors. Discovery occurs at death: looted bank accounts, theft of valuables, closed safe deposit boxes, and transfers of real estate. Signs of a cover-up can surface at funeral and memorial services. Wrongdoers commit their acts under the cloak of darkness.
Hackard Law is usually engaged on behalf of our Los Angeles clients when secrets are revealed - when lies become evident - and family members are frozen out of the information loop. Trusts and estate timelines are critical. Early on in the trust and estate process, mistrust among all parties is common. Rumors abound, information gets shared and alliances can shift. Our task is to conduct interviews, hire investigators, and work to prevent a "meltdown."
Trust litigation can have alternate endings, and it's our job to work constructively with our clients toward the better ending. Once interests have been fully identified and clients have been fully engaged, the parameters of a settlement can be structured. No one may get absolutely everything they want, as many recognize that litigation can be destructive.
Compromise might be an art not easily practiced, but it is an art honed by experience. At Hackard Law, we use that experience to work with our clients in securing a better outcome. If you are a Los Angeles-area or Southern California resident and need an experienced trust litigator who will protect your interests, call us at Hackard Law: 916-313-3030. We look forward to speaking with you.