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Too Good to Be True | Estate Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur Estate Litigation.jpgIt's fun for me to reflect upon some of the funny things and experiences that I've encountered over the years. My memory of some real-world events only permits to share the essence of the experiences. I've changed identifying details to protect both privacy and attorney client confidences. Given the changes, any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

I'm 27 years old - about a year out of law school. My law firm's senior partner informs me that a client thinks she "inherited New York City." Even as a rookie lawyer, I find little promise in the claim. If it's possible then I hope that my mom inherited Lake Tahoe. Doesn't sound quite right. It sounds like a classic "delusion of grandeur" - still, I had to stay late to sort through a mountain of ancient mimeographed newspaper articles - many from the early 1900s. Most of the articles explored the claims of other would be heirs - claims that failed. I returned the next day and had to let the client know the bad news - she didn't inherit New York after all. She didn't take it well - enough said.

Wealth is only one delusion - there are many others, some focusing on identity. I've had the pleasure of speaking with Winston Churchill's self-identified grandson. The short conversation included other parts of his pedigree - Nobel Prize winner, South American trapeze artist and Che Guevara. He'd really hit the genetic jackpot. There's more to the story - untold riches buried in fields sprinkled throughout the continents. I had to cut the conversation short and let the caller know that I didn't take "celebrity cases."

We do hear a lot of stories - most far less dramatic than a New York City inheritance or multi-celebrity pedigree. At Hackard Law we're engaged in real trust, estate and elder financial abuse cases in California's major urban areas, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and the Bay Area. If you would like to talk to us about your case call us at 916 313-3030.

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