It's hard for abused beneficiaries or disinherited children to reach out for help from a California estate and trust litigation attorney.
These aggrieved heirs are likely dealing with unwanted emotions that are intruding on their own peace of mind. Embarrassment, anger, feelings of rejection, coupled with astonishment are part and parcel of the emotional damages endemic to those frozen out of an estate by wrongdoing.
We receive many calls and emails asking us to represent aggrieved heirs and beneficiaries. As a matter of geographic and time practicality, we can only take a small percentage of cases offered to us.
Ultimately, our decision rests on whether we believe our presence will make a significant difference and whether the case has defendants or respondents who can be made financially accountable for their wrongdoing.
Our litigation tasks in any one week are likely to involve frequent fact patterns, including:
- trust challenges by disinherited biological children against stepmothers;
- undoing undue influence exercised against trust makers by caregivers and caretakers;
- and challenging transfers or unequal bequests engineered by an addicted sibling against a parent.
Sibling vs. sibling challenges are often brought by innocent siblings isolated from their parents by another sibling. The wrongdoing sibling is often afflicted with alcoholism or other substance abuse.
Clients will often say to us that, "I'll bet that you've never seen this before." Well, the truth is that we've often "seen this before" or some similar variation of it.
If you'd like to talk with us at Hackard Law about a case concerning an abused trust beneficiary or disinherited heir, give us a call at 916 313-3030. We represent clients in significant trust and estate matters in most of California's major urban areas including Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sacramento and Los Angeles Counties.