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Trust Litigation Archives

Breach of Trust Triggers | Trust Accounting & Trustee Removal

Breach of Trust | Trustee Removal & Litigation.jpgWe want the professionals serving us to aspire to and act consistent with the highest ethics and standards of their profession. Doctors should "first do no harm," lawyers need to be honest with their clients, themselves, courts and juries, and trustees who manage trust assets must be honest and loyal in their administration.

Undue Influence in a Trust | A Typical Fact Pattern

Undue Influence in a Trust | A Typical Fact PatternProspective clients often ask whether I've ever seen an estate or trust dispute like theirs. Case facts and wrongdoers' actions seem so outrageous that aggrieved family members may think that their case is a "one in a million." Of course, given the geographic and litigation scope of our practice, most cases don't feel like "one in a million."

Disputed Trust & Estate Contingency Fees | Don't Be Afraid To Ask

CA Trust Contingency Fee Questions.jpgStevie Wonder, a child prodigy and now an elder Baby Boomer (he was born in 1950) is inspirational in many ways. His songs are full of life. He deserves credit for his creative genius, and he also deserves credit for this observation, "If you don't ask, you don't get."

California Trusts & Estates | The Evolving Litigation Landscape

CA Estate & Trust Litigation | The Changing Landscape "[I]ncumbents never invent anything new. Incumbents protect their ground. Other people come in with new ideas."[1] (Barry Diller) The staid, predictable world of California's probate lawyers faces challenges brought by increasing public policy pressure to protect seniors from elder financial abuse.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 23 | Assessing a Potential Trust Lawsuit

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 23 | Assessing a Trust LawsuitHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book is now available for order on Amazon. This is episode 23, where I discuss reviewing a potential case of elder financial abuse or other wrongdoing over a trust or estate.

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 22 | Speed is an Ally for Beneficiaries

The Wolf at the Door: Ep. 22 | Speed is an Ally for BeneficiariesHello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book is now available for order on Amazon. This is episode 22, where I emphasize the importance of quick, decisive action in probate and trust lawsuits.

California Disputed Trusts & Estates | Safecrackers

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CA Trustee's Bad Ideas | Hiding the Trust from Beneficiaries

Hiding Trust from Beneficiary Lawsuit | CA Trustee MisconductIt's 2017. Experts estimate that California's population is approaching 40 million. Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Alameda, Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties are a very significant part of our state's annual growth. These are also counties where Hackard Law regularly litigates disputed trust, estate and elder financial abuse cases.

California Trust Litigation | 50 Million Dollar Estates

California Multimillion Dollar Estate Trust LitigationA few years ago I decided to pursue a video path to getting our ideas of estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation into the marketplace of ideas. I was motivated in part by the desire to not squander the knowledge that some forty years of law practice produced. And basically I wanted to get attention for my law firm's approach to protecting elders, their estates and their families.

Ground Rules for Trust & Estate Fights | Interpretation and Application

Road Rules | CA Trust & Estate Litigation Ground rules establish a set of principles by which decisions are made or problems solved. California trust and estate litigation is based upon a set of procedural and substantive ground rules. These rules are found in statutes, case law and Rules of Court.

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