It's 1988 and Tracy Chapman's anthem "Talkin' About a Revolution" is released. The song receives heavy play immediately after its release and in subsequent times of social upheaval. It becomes the unofficial theme for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
Politics aside, the song is an inspiration for those who see the necessity of change and the hope that comes from signs of change. A few lyrics set the tone:
"Don't you know, talking 'bout a revolution sounds like a whisper ... Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn, talkin' bout a revolution."
And how can this song be anything at all about elder financial abuse? Well, my take is that America's Baby Boomers as a generation have historically been enormous agents for social change. This is as true fifty years ago - 1968 as it is today in 2018. The social change that began with the celebration of youth is now evolved into the protection of elders - little wonder that some 75 million boomers want to do things differently.
So how are things different? In 2014 the California legislature took a huge step forward in providing seniors and their families with legal protections against elder financial abuse. I see the change - I've written a book about it - The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. Like Tracy Chapman says the revolution sounds like a whisper and finally the tables are starting to turn.
The whisper is that some of California's estate and trust litigation firms, Hackard Law among them, are taking a very aggressive stance in our civil courts against elder financial abuse. What others - maybe those not a part of the revolution - see as ordinary probate court trust challenges - we often see as calls for remedies against elder financial abuse. We have so many examples of this but they can be explored another time. We are working to turn the tables on elder financial abusers - it's about time - and this time the law is changing and favoring the protection of America's elders.
At Hackard Law our top mission is representing California beneficiaries who have been wronged by financial exploitation or trustee misconduct. We work throughout the state, including in Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Diego. Call us today at 916-313-3030. You can make a change for the better.