William Shakespeare's observation that "What's past is prologue" is a ready reference when we're thinking about the future. We often see that what has happened until now sets the stage for what will happen in the future. When it comes to California trust, probate and estate litigation the past year - 2017 - is likely a preface to what will take place in 2018.
Next week on Wednesday, January 3rd, I'll be live in studio at KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco's NPR affiliate. My host will be Chuck Finney, whose program Your Legal Rights is a leading resource for consumer protection nationwide. Chuck is also a veteran lawyer with 51 years of experience, and he has served 33 years as a San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney with a special focus on consumer and environmental safeguards. Chuck and I will be discussing my new book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.
Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a timeless classic for the Christmas season. Maybe we read the story at some point, or we've seen a film or theatre version of the work that Dickens wrote in 1843. After all these years, why does A Christmas Carol still resonate with us, no matter our walk of life? I think it has something to do with love, family, and our common humanity.
As 2017 comes to a close, it's time for us at Hackard Law to peer into the future. What will 2018 look like for estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California?
For many of us, our expectations of fairness arise from an early childhood experience that struck us as "unfair." We may have seen an action affecting us or others that dashed our expectations - expectations often grounded in childhood innocence. These events may stay with us and influence our desire for fairness in our lives and in the lives of others.
Ubiquitous, boorish and monstrous behavior, for years unchecked, is suddenly in the spotlight. Powerful and ordinary men alike are being called to account for the sexual harassment of women. Women long lacking effective routes to counter widespread abuse are now being heard. Decadence long ignored is now getting attention.
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 is now available for order on Amazon. This is episode 25, where I outline some sobering statistics on the financial exploitation of seniors.
Michael Hackard was recently a guest in a KGO-810 interview with radio host and journalist Mike Finney, a tireless consumer advocate who has consistently stood for ordinary citizens against scams and financial predation. They discussed The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse, Michael's new book on countering exploitation of vulnerable elders.
We're nearing the end of the year and many thoughts come to mind of "all that has been." The press of year end business coupled with the magnificence of the Christmas season make December a very busy month. Whatever the press of business or the season's needs the most important part of our lives should not be forgotten. It is this sense of gratitude that we share.
In a new article on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Financial Advisor magazine interviewed Michael Hackard for his analysis of its safeguards against elder financial abuse. Financial Advisor is the premiere publication in America for wealth advisors, financial planners, independent broker-dealers, and investment professionals, and it reaches a monthly audience of 110,000 qualified readers.