California estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation involves fights - it's that simple. These cases are contested - the lawsuits are emotional and hard fought. Wrongdoers don't give up ill-gotten gains easily. I know this because the vast majority of our law practice involves the representation of aggrieved heirs, beneficiaries and victims of elder financial abuse. We're currently litigating in more than twenty California counties.
Last week I learned that Chuck Finney, host of KALW's popular Bay Area radio program Your Legal Rights, had passed away after a short stay in the hospital. I only met Chuck earlier this year, when I sat as a guest on his show to discuss how to fight elder financial abuse and undue influence. But I can tell you my impressions from our brief acquaintance: Chuck was a warm and gracious host, and with his gentle manner came a refreshing approach to the law rooted in public service.
The year is 1992. I am in my 16th year of law practice. My career is fulfilling, and it brings great financial rewards. My partners and I own one of Sacramento's preeminent land use law firms. European travel is at least an annual event, and I own a pressurized twin-engine airplane for more local travel. We entertain and often hold political and charitable fundraisers at our home. Our children are doing well. We love our home and neighborhood.
It's June 1992. I lay prone on a hospital bed. I have a few dozen staples above my forehead that span ear to ear. They hold together my skull following a craniotomy to remove a brain tumor.