Intuition & Estate Litigation Decision-Making
I’m Mike Hackard with Hackard Law. Our YouTube videos deal with the challenges of elder abuse, estate litigation, and trust disputes.
We address inquiries from over twelve hundred people per year – many of whom have seen one or more of our videos. Most inquiries don’t turn into cases. But they do allow us to share useful information and help people who wonder if they have a case.
How do we make decisions as to whether we take a case? Effective decision making is a four-part process: We gather facts; apply our intuition; make a reasonable judgment; and see how what we know generally fits within legal authority.
For now, I’m only going to focus on intuition. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. It’s not magical.
Psychologists tell us that it’s the product of the unconscious mind rapidly sifting through past experiences and cumulative knowledge. It’s also called pattern-matching. It’s logical that intuition is enhanced by more experiences and cumulative knowledge.
When I speak with new clients about their trust beneficiary dispute I don’t consciously think: “I handled this issue in LA a few years ago,” “this reminds me of a Sacramento case,” or “we litigated this issue in Santa Clara County.”
Intuition appears without obvious deliberation. It’s not the final answer to everything. But it helps.
We don’t need to remake the wheel. Our unconscious mind already knows a lot about the “wheel” – or in our case the estate and trust litigation field.
If you’d like to speak with us about your estate, trust, or elder financial abuse litigation case, call us at Hackard Law: 916 313-3030
We’ll be happy to hear your story.
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