Clients deserve a sympathetic ear and understanding. Estate problems - often heartbreaking - are part and parcel of an estate & trust litigation practice. We know that before we can focus on a solution, we must first focus on the problem. And who understands the problem best? Our clients. And who can relay that story best? Our clients.
Wronged heirs and abused beneficiaries do not chose the situation that they find themselves in. Who would choose strife in a time of grief? Who wants to spend time on monetary issues when dealing with grief and wanting healing? Still - situations in estate litigation often times cannot be avoided - serious wrongdoing like elder financial abuse must be answered. In these situations, we work best to protect our clients through careful preparation for an estate, trust or probate challenge.
In most of life's situations, experience counts. The same is true as to estate and trust litigation. When a daughter of a decedent tells us that her stepmother influenced her father in his last days to change his estate plan and exclude his children to the benefit of his stepchildren, we have heard and dealt with similar situations. When a son abuses his mother's power of attorney, takes her bank accounts and sells her house, we have heard it before and dealt with it.
When an alcoholic brother has locked siblings out of a dying parent's house, we've heard it before and dealt with it. We've seen a lot, litigated a lot, studied a lot and resolved many estate, trust and probate cases. There is a difference between attorneys who litigate and those whose primary focus is estate planning. The rough and tumble of litigation - of undue influence, elder financial abuse, capacity issues, recovery of stolen assets and the sometimes-shocking disclosure of wrongdoing are all different than designing an estate plan.
When clients come to us, do they choose us because we are good at legal research? Because we spoke at a conference or wrote an interesting legal article? Would you go to a doctor solely because she is on a professional committee? A speaker at her state's medical society? A friend of a friend of a friend? Not likely. We all appreciate professional credentials, and they do have an important place in decision-making, but we're results-oriented trust litigation attorneys focused on decisive action for our clients.
There is great truth in the statement that clients "want to know that we care before they care what we know." We work to apply this principle. When we choose our own advisors - whether medical, financial, law or accounting - we want to know that our advisors care. If they care, then we know that they will look at us more than a source of income. They will look out for us. This is the same goal for our clients. We work to make sure that they are protected and prepared against the challenges of trust, probate and estate litigation. We care. We are experienced. We focus on winning. And we get our satisfaction from keeping our clients safe and securing their future.
Hackard Law serves families throughout the state of California - from Sacramento and Los Angeles to the Bay Area and San Diego. If you're facing tough trust, estate and probate litigation, know that we're dedicated to protecting client interests as priority number one. You can call us today at 916-313-3030.