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Trust Litigation Archives

What You Focus on Grows | Bay Area Trust & Estate House Disputes

Bay Area Estate Trust House Disputes.jpg"What you focus on grows" is a garden metaphor - a simple truth with widespread application. Focus is a gift of presence coupled with deliberate practice. It is the use of our imagination paired with or own time commitments to practice essential tasks necessary for elevating our game. Growth spawned by focus is as applicable in our personal lives as it is in sports, music, business and the professions.

California Trust Mediations | The Struggle With Endings

Trust Estate Mediation Endings.jpgYou meet with your lawyer before the mediation. You are the plaintiff in challenging a trust. Maybe the challenge is based on incapacity. Maybe vulnerability to undue influence. Maybe even fraud.

East Bay Estate Litigation Attorneys | Constructive Trusts

Constructive Trusts Alameda Estate Litigation.jpgAt Hackard Law we focus on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. We generally litigate these cases on behalf heirs and beneficiaries who have been cut out of estate plans by fraud, accident, mistake, undue influence, the violation of a trust, or other wrongful acts.

The Widowed Stepmother | Trust Inheritance Disputes

Widowed Stepmother Trust Disputes.jpgOur California law firm, Hackard Law, regularly litigates probate and trust litigation disputes. A significant number of these disputes involve fights between a decedent's biological children from an earlier marriage and the decedent's second or third spouse. These cases end up in the California Superior Courts.

California Trust Mediation | What Was Your Life About?

Estate Trust Mediation California.jpgWhenever mediation occurs it is usually a day-long event - an event that often includes a "hard day's night." The process involves a neutral mediator that helps effectuate negotiation between the attorneys for estates, trusts, heirs, and beneficiaries. Clients are deeply involved in the process and are understandably swept with emotion as offers and counter-offers come in.

Alameda County Trust & Estate Litigation | Contingency Fees

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"I've Been Everywhere, Man" | California Trust Litigation Travels

California Trust Litigation.jpgYou may not be a country music fan, but even if you're not you can probably appreciate Johnny Cash's tongue in cheek rendition of "I've Been Everywhere."

If a Trustee Won't Sell House to Distribute CA Trust Proceeds | A Bird's-Eye View

CA Trustee Won't Sell House.jpgAt times I think that we at Hackard Law have a bird's-eye view of California trust litigation. Our perspective is gained from both the cases that we take and don't take.

CA Trust & Estate Litigation | 2019 Opportunities

CA Trust & Estate Litigation | 2019 OpportunitiesIt's now 2019, and here at Hackard Law we are grateful for new challenges and new opportunities. 2018 was a year that kept us very busy - week in and week out, our attorneys fanned out across California to protect the beneficiary rights of clients in estate and trust litigation. Wherever possible, we'd seek a path to mediation as a way to pursue the client's best interests and minimize conflict. We've also been more active than ever in taking on perpetrators of elder financial abuse and holding them accountable in civil court.

Estate & Trust Litigation Contingency Fees | Getting Leverage

Contingency Fees Estate Trust Litigation Leverage.jpgCalifornia estate and trust litigation is expensive. A common question from non-clients of law firms like Hackard Law that accept contingency cases is, "How much are you [the attorney] making in this case?" It's a good question and the response must be measured in both protecting the client's attorney-client privilege as well as providing a meaningful response if appropriate within the context of the question.

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