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The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 20 | Trust Litigation Battle Plan

The Wolf at the Door Ep. 20 | Trust Litigation Battle PlanHello, 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 is now available for order on Amazon. This is episode 20, where I outline the first steps in a battle plan for trust and estate lawsuits.

Extensive experience in estate and trust litigation provides a crucial advantage in representing wronged heirs and beneficiaries. While a general battle plan is necessary, oftentimes success can hinge on flexible action through taking moment-to-moment decisions.

Every dispute between a beneficiary and a trustee, or between a wronged heir and a perpetrator of elder financial abuse, has its own character that will dictate what legal tactics will help pave the way to victory. Winning a trust litigation matter or a will contest will look different according to the circumstances of each case.

One thing I do notice in many cases is how the wrongdoer comes across - initially they'll assume they've concealed facts of elder financial abuse or undue influence. My observation is simple and straightforward: that smug attitude disappears fast once we enact a flexible and aggressive litigation strategy to impose accountability. While the abuser may have started off as arrogant, if he's smart he'll seek mediation, resolution, and a negotiated settlement rather than have his misconduct exposed to the light of day.

When a potential client comes to Hackard Law with an account of how an elderly loved one was financially exploited or their assets looted after their passing, we first ask a series of questions. The answers to these questions will help us shape our initial strategy, the most important elements of which will be real-time actions to safeguard our clients and hold wrongdoers accountable.

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.

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