Hello, 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, now available on Amazon.
Today I'd like to address game plans for litigation and mediation. Some people get worried or nervous when they hear the word litigation, but I'm comfortable with our litigation system. With over 40 years of experience in courtrooms across America, I've been afforded an extraordinary vista of the recovery process - how compensation is administered to injured parties, with those responsible held to account. Since my firm is focused on estate and trust litigation, a new case can always contain the potential for a court fight. That said, these types of cases frequently end up in mediation. Most of my clients are surprised when I tell them that 97 percent of civil cases in America settle before trial.
It comes down to saving everyone time, money and additional stress. Every new case gets filed in civil or probate court, but most of the time both sides and their counsel realize that settlement may be more economical in time and treasure than a protracted trial and appeal. Litigation can be trying in more ways than one; emotions run high and expenses can run even higher. That's why mediation can be a viable path to a settlement. Mediation isn't perfect, but the system is quicker and much less expensive than going to trial.
In its own way, mediation is a process of risk assessment. In the arena of the courtroom, a party may lose it all or gain it all; in mediation, the parties can reach an equitable division of a disputed estate or trust.
If you would like a free digital copy of Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes, email us at [email protected] I'm happy to share this book on a very important topic.