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Estate & Probate Litigation Archives

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?

Settling Bay Area Estate & Trust House Disputes | Contingency Fees

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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.

Life Insurance Beneficiary Disputes | CA Litigation

Life Insurance Beneficiary Disputes California.jpgRepresenting clients in California life insurance beneficiary disputes a part of what we do at Hackard Law in addition to our estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation practice.

California Living Trusts | Nonlawyers, Lawyers and Ethics Problems

Living Trusts Estate Misconduct.jpgIt's late afternoon. Jack sits in his favorite chair. It gives him a good view of his backyard - a good look at the birds that visit. He can see the TV from where he sits. His phone is on the table next to him.

Marlon Brando | Incapacity & Estate Battles

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Sibling Estate & Trust Duels | Drama and Trauma

Sibling Rivalry Estate Trust Litigation.jpgSibling battles have been immortalized in fact, fiction, film - and unfortunately, in thousands of court dockets. It's said that when the second child shows up on the family scene that the classic tug of war for parental attention begins. More siblings - more tug-of-wars, more shifting alliances and more life stories.

Huguette Clark | An Heiress & Undue Influence

Huguette Clark Estate Litigation.jpgUnless you're from Santa Barbara, you may not know the name Huguette Clark. She was the reclusive heiress to a $300 million copper and railroad fortune amassed by her father, W.A. Clark, a former US Senator from Montana who also held the distinction of being the founder of the city of Las Vegas. When Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104, she created by will the Bellosguardo Foundation, whose purpose was to foster the arts by displaying her art collection at her massive $85 million, 23 ½ acre summer home in Santa Barbara.

Sumner Redstone | Estate Lawsuit Settled

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It looks like the long estate battle between 95-year-old billionaire Viacom owner Sumner Redstone and his former live-in girlfriend Manuela Herzer has finally come to an end. Yesterday the two sides reached a settlement agreement, and just in time - the parties were about to enter into a second round of litigation over Herzer being removed from Redstone's will in 2015.

James Brown | The Estate Nightmare Continues

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James Brown, the singer-songwriter, producer and so-called "Godfather of Soul" in a career that spanned 50 years, died on Christmas Day, 2006, almost exactly 12 years ago.

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