Some crime statistics surprise and shock us:
- Less than 11% of California burglaries resulted in an arrest in 2016;
- Honolulu, a tourist magnet to millions, solves less than 20% of the city's annual murders;
- And Point Mugu is California's safest city.
Okay - most of us have never heard of Point Mugu with its population of 82 - but you get the idea.
We don't have any real statistics on the number of estate, trust and elder financial abuse wrongdoers who escape being called to justice.
Anecdotally, I believe that the number is very high.
The mechanics and practicalities of civil prosecution are barriers to calling wrongdoers to account.
Short time periods to challenge the validity of a trust or will, shortage of money to fund attorney led challenges, cover ups and onerous standards of proof all join together to make trust and elder financial abuse challenges difficult.
Our practice and experience help us to help our clients overcome these challenges.
That said, there a relatively small number of lawyers who regularly focus on such challenges and at least in my opinion, there are far more meritorious cases than there are lawyers to handle them.
Hackard Law exists to help people with trust and estate challenges.
If you'd like to talk to us about your estate or trust problem, you can call us at 916-313-3030.
We look forward to seeing how we can best assist you.