Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 16, where I talk about confronting a situation of elder financial abuse.
Family members will often seek my counsel well after elder financial abuse or other wrongdoing has taken place. Circumstances are often murky enough that law enforcement won't have direct evidence of a crime. So how do victims of exploitation fight back when their beneficiary rights come under attack?
In cases of elder financial abuse and estate fraud, family members will sense that something is wrong even before all the facts emerge. The elder is vulnerable and subject to isolation, and family access is limited to sessions under the wrongdoer's supervision or shut down entirely. After the elderly loved one's passing, a whole host of questions about his or her estate remain unanswered. The perpetrator will evade these inquiries or just outright lie.
At this moment a trust beneficiary or estate heir might hesitate. They don't want to seem greedy, but in their heart they know this isn't about greed. Someone is hijacking their family's estate, whether it be a stepmother, a caregiver, or another family member. The emotional pain from this injustice is intense - what should you do?
Confronting the abuser doesn't usually produce the intended effect. They'll continue spinning falsehoods while they've possibly moved to conceal wrongfully their ill-gotten gains - your family's funds and trust assets. This is the point where the only viable action is to consult and then hire an experienced trust litigation attorney.
If you would like a free digital copy of the book when it comes out, email us at [email protected] I'm happy to share this book on this very important topic.