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February 2019 Archives

Protect Seniors from Inheritance Exploitation | Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor Protecting Inheritance Trust.jpgFinancial advisors, ever vigilant to market trends, are now empowered to extend their vigilance to protecting seniors from inheritance exploitation. Journalist Juliette Fairley explains this empowerment in her Financial Advisor magazine article "What Advisors Can Do About Inheritance Exploitation."

Brain Tumors, Strokes & Estate Cheats Lying in Wait | Estate Litigation

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Presentation to CALI | Spot Elder Financial Abuse

CALI Presentation on Elder Financial Abuse.jpgLast week I was honored to deliver a presentation to the Sacramento chapter of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). The topic was an important and timely one - how to spot elder financial abuse.

Say What? | Estate and Trust Drafting Attorney Mishaps

Say What? | Estate and Trust Drafting Attorney MishapsMy law firm, Hackard Law, litigates estate and trust disputes in most of California's major urban areas. A deposition of the drafting attorney is part and parcel of these disputes. I've never heard a drafting attorney admit that he prepared an unduly influenced or incapacitated client's will or trust. Never. Is this any surprise? How often would a mechanic disclose that he destroyed your car's engine? A dentist divulge that he filled the wrong tooth? A barber concede that intentionally cut your hair to look like Moe, the leader of the Three Stooges?

Elder Financial Abuse | Watch Out for Predators

Elder Financial Abuse Watch Out for Predators.jpgOne of the topics I covered in my first book, The Wolf at the Door, is how the elderly are especially vulnerable to financial predators. As people get older, they are much more likely to let down their guards and become victims of scam artists and criminals.

What You Focus on Grows | Bay Area Trust & Estate House Disputes

Bay Area Estate Trust House Disputes.jpg"What you focus on grows" is a garden metaphor - a simple truth with widespread application. Focus is a gift of presence coupled with deliberate practice. It is the use of our imagination paired with or own time commitments to practice essential tasks necessary for elevating our game. Growth spawned by focus is as applicable in our personal lives as it is in sports, music, business and the professions.

Settling Bay Area Estate & Trust House Disputes | Contingency Fees

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Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 3

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Ep. 3 Undue InfluenceHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California. I'm the author of the new book Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes, available on Amazon in March 2019.

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 2

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 2Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California.

California Trust Mediations | The Struggle With Endings

Trust Estate Mediation Endings.jpgYou meet with your lawyer before the mediation. You are the plaintiff in challenging a trust. Maybe the challenge is based on incapacity. Maybe vulnerability to undue influence. Maybe even fraud.

Do I Have a Real Case? | Probate, Estates & Trusts Litigation

Do I Have a Real Case? | Probate, Estates & Trusts LitigationHackard Law is a Northern California-based law firm that focuses on probate, estates & trusts litigation. I'm the one who is ultimately responsible for taking a new case. It's an interesting and an imperfect process.

East Bay Estate Litigation Attorneys | Constructive Trusts

Constructive Trusts Alameda Estate Litigation.jpgAt Hackard Law we focus on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. We generally litigate these cases on behalf heirs and beneficiaries who have been cut out of estate plans by fraud, accident, mistake, undue influence, the violation of a trust, or other wrongful acts.

The Widowed Stepmother | Trust Inheritance Disputes

Widowed Stepmother Trust Disputes.jpgOur California law firm, Hackard Law, regularly litigates probate and trust litigation disputes. A significant number of these disputes involve fights between a decedent's biological children from an earlier marriage and the decedent's second or third spouse. These cases end up in the California Superior Courts.

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 1

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 1Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California.

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