I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. I’ve practiced law for 45 years.
Our YouTube channel is our effort to share the many lessons gained over those years. One lesson that I learned long ago has to do with letter writing. Clients come to us to solve a problem.
For many years I handled pharmaceutical cases for those injured by prescription drugs. Now, the common problem that we handle is the abuse or disinheritance of an heir or beneficiary.
We meet with our client. It’s a call, a zoom meeting, or a sit down. We hear their story. A caregiver, sibling, or stranger has a part in a disinheritance. A will or trust was suspiciously changed.
A property was deviously transferred. The actions were covert. In a sense, under the cover o[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We represent clients in estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation cases throughout California.
This year I’ve noticed an encouraging trend – there’s been increased media spotlight on the conservatorship industry and its record of elder exploitation. You’ve probably seen the ongoing drama of Britney Spears and her efforts to break free from what she says is an oppressive conservatorship, along with the popular hashtag #FreeBritney.
There’s also the hit Netflix film I Care a Lot, which portrays a predatory conservator and her cold-blooded schemes to make millions off suffering and loneliness. And Sacramento’s ABC10 recently ran a week-long investigative series, titled The Price o[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We litigate estate, trust, and financial elder abuse litigation in California’s largest urban areas. These cases often stem from acts against a vulnerable elder.
Dementia is often the source of the elder’s vulnerability. People with dementia are not always aware of their mental decline. Protective relatives and friends make their own denials. It’s hard to see a loved one going downhill.
Unfortunately, this can be a tragic cover for a person suffering the ravages of dementia. While not all dementia presents the same specific set of symptoms, there are common patterns.
The patient may say things like: “I can’t think properly.” “I can’t remember things.” “My head goes blank at t[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. Over many decades of law practice, I’ve had one goal – to build an estate, trust and financial elder abuse plaintiffs’ firm that my own family would be proud to hire.
Los Angeles is a major part of this. I handled my first Los Angeles case over 40 years ago. It’s a little different now. It has a few million more people. But it continues to be Los Angeles - a city ranked as the fourth-richest city in the world, the entertainment capital of the world, and some of the best weather in the country. Families facing significant estate and trust litigation challenges often don’t know who to call for legal support. That’s where we can help. Families count.
There’s only one Hackard Law. Call us[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. Over many decades of law practice, I’ve had one goal – to build a plaintiff’s estate, trust and catastrophic injury firm that my own family would be proud to hire. Families across the Bay Area, including in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Jose, hire us in estate, trust and catastrophic injury cases. They’ve seen our leadership, commitment to clients and record of legal excellence. Results matter. Reputation matters.
There’s only one Hackard Law. Call us today at 650-781-4700.
Hackard Law: Attorneys Making a Difference.
I’m Mike Hackard of Hackard Law. Hackard Law is working to become the leading estate, trust, and financial elder abuse litigation law firm in California. This is not a small order.
It means that we work with high internal expectations. With commitments to overcome adversity. To take the long view. To deal in performance. To understand that we’re a work in progress.
We most often represent people who’ve sought out lawyers not so much by choice, but by necessity. They might feel coerced, pressured, and intimidated by an overreaching heir, beneficiary, or trustee.
Their elderly parents may have been cheated out of real or personal property. Maybe a caregiver unduly influenced the maker of a trust to leave everything to the careg[...]
I’m Mike Hackard of Hackard Law. We’re lawyers and advocates. Most of our advocacy centers around trust, estate, and elder financial abuse disputes.
Less litigated disputes often involve ambiguity in legal documents. These disputes may have muddled words and alternate meanings. They’re less emotional than disputes where truth seems to be an orphan.
There’s an old saying: “See the Truth, Tell the Truth.” There are plenty of cases where people don’t tell the truth.
They may not see it as well. Then again, the deceit might be intentional. Or rationalized, exaggerated, obscured. It may be a fabrication. A manufactured falsehood.
Discovery, including depositions, can provide an opportunity to seek the truth. It’s by n[...]
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. We work at being one of California’s leading law firms handling estate, trust, and elder financial abuse cases.
We litigate cases from Sacramento to San Diego. Our heaviest case concentrations are in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.
I’ve written extensively about what we do. My book, The Wolf at the Door, has been widely reviewed in newspapers, magazines, and the electronic media.
Ben Franklin said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” I think that The Wolf at the Door is worth reading. I also think that the actions we take for families in estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation are worth doing.
Litigation is war. There are battle[...]
I’m Mike Hackard of Hackard Law. We work at being one of California’s leading estate and trust litigation law firms. This work often involves contingency fees.
In a typical contingency fee agreement, the plaintiff is only responsible for paying their attorney if they settle or win the case. California law requires that the contingency fee rate be agreed upon. The law also requires disclosure on how case disbursements and costs will affect the contingency fee and the client’s recovery.
I’ve represented thousands of clients over my 45-year legal career – many of them on a contingency fee basis. Contingency fees don’t fit every circumstance. But they are commonplace in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. Our YouTube channel is now five years old. It has more than 670 videos. More than 2 million views. Almost 5000 subscribers.
How do we keep it fresh? It’s easy. Apply real-life experiences. Listen to callers’ questions. Tell stories that we want to tell. This is story that I want to tell: “Playing the Part Well.”
When I take a case, I want “to play the part well.” The advocacy part. The excellence part. The moral part.
People come to us with estate and trust cases. Some simple. Some readily solved. Some complex. I’m more likely to be involved in the complex.
There are three main parts to every case: the facts, the law, and the proof. Each element is challenging. Facts might be [...]