A few years ago I decided to pursue a video path to getting our ideas of estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation into the marketplace of ideas. I was motivated in part by the desire to not squander the knowledge that some forty years of law practice produced. And basically I wanted to get attention for my law firm's approach to protecting elders, their estates and their families.
I've long admired people who followed their instincts in artistic, business and legal processes. The lawyers that I've either known or admired thought outside the box. They've created something on their own and have not imitated others. In the words of Gerry Spence, one of America's greatest trial lawyers, "be who you are."
Our focus on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation is becoming widely known. Our willingness to go toe-to-toe with trust and estate wrongdoers is evident in ongoing estate litigation that we have in nearly two-dozen California counties. The large quantity of estate related cases has helped us to discover the best strategies, tactics and qualities to bringing trust beneficiary and elder financial abusers to civil justice. Video has certainly helped us to get our message out.
Ordinary people call us and engage us to help them. When I say ordinary I mean people who are not in America's top 1% of wealth - (people with a net worth of $9 million or more). The top 1% controls about 40% of all privately held wealth in the United States. This massive wealth inequality has repercussions throughout our society but that is a topic for another day. In any event, I do get a number of calls from people about very large estates - for these purposes let's say $50 million. While ethics require that I cannot cite specific instances, times or even locations, I can generalize what I hear.
Very large estate callers have obviously taken the time to read about Hackard Law, our blogs, review our testimonials and maybe even see our videos. We also receive calls from prospective clients referred to us by other lawyers. I've been asked how a small law firm in Sacramento can take on some of California's largest law firms in an estate fight. I've even been asked if I could use an LA or San Francisco address so that my law firm wouldn't appear to be minor players on the trust and estate litigation landscape. So here is my answer to such inquiries.
A good lawyer needs to be willing to stand up and fight for his clients. In order to do so, it helps to be experienced and have a strong commitment to learning that which is necessary to prosecute an estate or trust action. This commitment should be evident in leadership. A leader in law or other walks of life should have a command presence and address problems with a sense of calm and clarity. The Chicken Little hysterical approach to litigation - "The sky is falling!" - is not too helpful. If it looks like a case is too big for us, we'll say so. If the battle really is going to be a giant war of attrition, this should be a consideration for the client as well as our law firm early on.
So we don't need a $50 million estate case to talk. We serve ordinary people in California's major urban areas and you sure don't need to be in America's top 1% of wealth to engage us. If you want to talk about your case call us at Hackard Law. (916) 313-3030.