The San Francisco Bay Area is overflowing with equity-rich homeowners. About half of Bay Area residents live in homes they own, and these homes have been escalators to wealth. Bay area home price increases have been astounding, and San Francisco in particular, may be in the early stages of some dramatic increases.
An explosive growth of millionaires is expected from the upcoming IPOs of some of the area's biggest tech firms. Bay area homes are often targeted by estate, trust and elder financial abuse wrongdoers. While equity increases are a great benefit to homeowners, they also are in the crosshairs of elder financial abusers.
At Hackard Law, we have seen an uptick in house-related estate and trust litigation. We're currently litigating cases on behalf of disinherited house beneficiaries in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
These cases often result from caregivers, often family members, unduly influencing a vulnerable elder in the last stages of life to change a will or a trust to leave their home to a caregiver, and in so doing disinheriting long identified house beneficiaries.
The estate & trust litigation team of lawyers at Hackard Law understand that deathbed changes to wills and trusts benefitting wrongdoers combine deep emotional distress with the loss of the family home. These changes are an affront to the decedent's long-held estate plans and to their survivors.
Hackard Law is a leading Northern California trusts and estates litigation firm. I'm Michael Hackard, and I lead the law firm. I'm the recent author of Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes: Cause, Action, and Response in Cases of Fractured Inheritance, Lost Inheritance, and Disinheritance. My earlier book, The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse, particularly addresses the rampant financial abuse of the elderly and infirm in the United States.
We take significant estate and trust litigation cases, including wrongful transfers of the family home, where we think that we can make a substantial difference and there is a wrongdoer who can be made financially accountable.
If you would like to speak with us about your case, call us at Hackard Law: 916 313-3030.