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September 2019 Archives

Academic Scholarship 2019 | Announcing the Winner

Academic Scholarship 2019 | Announcing the WinnerThis year's Hackard Law Academic Scholarship Contest posed the question, "What will you do to improve the lives of the elderly in your community?" Our choice of topic is not accidental - after all, our firm is focused on estate and trust litigation, often in connection with issues like elder financial abuse. Part of our mission is protecting seniors from harm, so we looked to award the prize to a student committed to the wellbeing of elders.

Trust Beneficiary Delayed Distributions | Contingency Fees

Delayed Trust Beneficiary Distributions.jpgWhether it's nonchalance, contempt, self-interest or ignorance, delayed trust beneficiary distributions can be truly distressing. Timely trust distributions are welcome, but unfortunately trustees don't always act in the best interests of beneficiaries.

The Dead Trust Beneficiary's Gift | California Anti-Lapse Statute

CA Deceased Beneficiary Gift Anti-Lapse Clause.jpgGrandma and Grandpa have a trust. Their trust provides that at their first death, the trust assets will remain in trust for the benefit of the survivor. At the survivor's death, all trust assets are to be distributed in equal shares to their three children, Steve, Frank and Eve.

Disinherited House Beneficiaries | Los Angeles Trust Litigation

LA Trust Litigation House Beneficiaries.jpgThe median value for a house in California is currently $548,000. When it comes to median home values for Los Angeles, the figures keep climbing.

Disinherited House Beneficiaries | Bay Area Trust Litigation

Bay Area House Trust Beneficiary.jpgCalifornia's median home value in September 2019 is $548,000. Bay Area median home values are even higher.

Life Insurance Lawyer | Beneficiary Policy Challenges

Life Insurance Beneficiary Challenges California.jpgLife insurance beneficiary contests can be shocking. A loved one dies with a life insurance policy intact. Maybe you knew about the policy - maybe you didn't. But one thing that you didn't know about was the named beneficiary.

Income Beneficiary Trust & Estate Challenges | California

Income Beneficiaries Trust Estate Litigation.jpgIt's not easy to be a trustee - for a lot of reasons. Some particularly challenging aspects of the job involve trust beneficiary distribution decisions - decisions inherent to trust administration.

People with Dementia | Targets for Elder Financial Abuse

Dementia and Elder Financial Abuse.jpg5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease. About 670,000 of these Americans live in California.

Non-English Speakers | Targets of Estate & Trust Scams

Non-English Speakers Trust Estate Litigation.jpgA recent Brookings Institution study estimated that one out of every ten people in the United States is not fluent in the English language. Non-English speakers are vulnerable and immigrants are a "common target for scam artists ... who don't understand our legal and financial systems." Non-English speakers are particularly vulnerable when trying to do estate plans, including wills and trusts.

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