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Estate & Trust Litigation Videos | Hackard Law's Work Recognized

Estate Trust Litigation Videos.jpgIt's easy to believe at the beginning, middle or even long into a journey that we are "chasing the wind" - engaged in a futile task with nothing gained. This feeling easily accompanies an effort to reach out to people with video presentations. J.P. Mark, a noted research analyst and author of several books, captures this attitudinal predilection in his recently published article Making Magic: Why Lawyers (And Other Professionals) Don't Post More YouTube Videos. Mr. Mark notes:

Stepmothers & Estates | Triggers for Conflict

Stepmothers Estate Lawsuit Triggers.jpgConflicts between stepmothers and biological children over estate and trust assets have become a familiar feature of litigation in California superior courts. Only a certain proportion of these disputes make it to the legal arena, but they're part of a continuing trend that's worth noticing.

Stan Lee Estate Drama | The Legend's Last Year

Stan Lee Estate Drama | The Legend's Last YearPhoto Credit: Marvelfan2017

Earlier this year, I related the story of Stan Lee, the iconic creator of such comic book heroes as the Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the Fantastic Four. As you may already have heard, Lee passed away recently at the age of 95.

Alzheimers, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Fraud | New Book Coming Soon

Alzheimers Stepmothers Estate Crimes Book.jpgThe year 2018 has been a busy one for Hackard Law - we've been heavily engaged in California estate and trust battles on behalf of our clients, we continue to fight elder exploitation, and every week we respond to the inquiries of dozens of callers from across the state and the country. They contact us because they've seen our videos, they need help, and maybe they just to be pointed in the right direction.

Estate Earmarks | Equitable or Equal?

Estate Distribution Equity vs Equality.jpgEstate planning is for the most part about earmarking a part of your estate for heirs, charities or others that you wish to honor with an estate gift. Baby boomers - my generation - are now spending more time thinking about and doing estate planning - if only to avoid potential litigation down the road.

Codependent Parent and Addicted Child | Estates & Trusts at Risk

Codependency Undue Influence Estate Trust Litigation.jpgLet me start with this - I am not a psychologist. I am a lawyer - a lawyer who at this stage of my career is heavily focused on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. So much so that I wrote a book focusing on estate and trust wrongdoing - The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.

Disney Family Feud | The Tragic Legacy

Disney Estate Litigation.jpgWalt Disney is one of the most celebrated and successful entrepreneurs of the 20th Century and a man whose vision continues to delight families around the world through his Disney theme parks and movies. Disney himself was a scrappy and colorful animator, film producer, voice actor, and corporate leader who may have become more celebrated and appreciated since his death in 1966 than he was while he was alive.

Jerry Garcia | An Estate Quagmire

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Douglas Tompkins | Multimillion Stepmother Battle

Douglas Tompkins Estate Litigation.jpgPhoto Credit: Sam Beebe

When billionaire Douglas Tompkins, the co-founder of two major brands, North Face and Espirit, died in a kayak accident in Chile in December 2015, he left everything in his estate to his second wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, as well as to foundations the couple created to preserve land in Chile and Argentina. His two daughters, including Summer Tompkins Walker, and his five grandchildren who live in the Bay Area, were all disinherited. This is yet another case of the widowed stepmother getting almost everything.

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