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Blended Family Trust Disputes | A Formula For Conflict

Blended Family Trust Disputes | A Formula for ConflictA recent news story on a Bay Area trust dispute caught my attention - not necessarily over the legal details, but because of the general elements common to many cases of estate litigation. It has features we encounter all too frequently in our advocacy for beneficiaries: a successful family business, an ailing patriarch, his children from a prior marriage, and a stepmother. These are the ingredients for potential conflict.

Stay Alert for Elder Financial Abuse | Community Presentation

Elder Financial Abuse Talk Sacramento.jpgNext week on Thursday, October 25th, I'm honored to be the keynote speaker at Eskaton Lodge Gold River for a special community presentation on how seniors can protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.

Legal Marketing to Potential Clients | Michael Hackard

Legal Marketing to Potential Clients | Michael HackardA few friends and colleagues have expressed interest in having me talk about legal marketing - a subject that I both enjoy and regularly participate in. We should start with a little history. I became a lawyer in December 1976. At that time lawyers were generally prohibited from publicizing themselves or their law firms in newspapers, magazines, radio or television. It was expected that a lawyers reputation could only grow with experience and community involvement - an obvious advantage to those who had been in the legal profession for many years. Advertising rules began to change in June 1977 with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision of Bates v. State Bar of Arizona. I've followed the effects of Bates since my very first year of law practice.

Douglas Tompkins | Multimillion Stepmother Battle

Douglas Tompkins Estate Litigation.jpgPhoto Credit: Sam Beebe

When billionaire Douglas Tompkins, the co-founder of two major brands, North Face and Espirit, died in a kayak accident in Chile in December 2015, he left everything in his estate to his second wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, as well as to foundations the couple created to preserve land in Chile and Argentina. His two daughters, including Summer Tompkins Walker, and his five grandchildren who live in the Bay Area, were all disinherited. This is yet another case of the widowed stepmother getting almost everything.

Elder Abuse Guide For Law Enforcement | Recognizing Abusers

Eagle Elder Financial Abuse Resource Guide.jpgThe Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) is now available online. "The guide is a national web module designed to support enforcement officers in identifying, intervening, and resolving cases of elder abuse...EAGLE funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and was led by the University of Southern California's (USC) Keck School of Medicine, host of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)."

Alan Thicke | Another Stepmother Estate Drama

Alan Thicke | Another Stepmother Estate DramaPhoto credits: Glenn Francis, Jesse Grant

He was born Alan Willis Jeffrey in Ontario, Canada in 1947, but we remember him by his stage name, Alan Thicke, a popular comedian, actor, comedian and talk show host, and best known for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the 80's sitcom Growing Pains.

CA Estate and Trust Mediation | The Deal No-Deal Balance


CA Estate and Trust Mediation | The Deal No-Deal BalanceCalifornia public policy favors the mediation of litigated estate, trust and elder financial abuse disputes. Mediation communications are confidential - part of a legislative effort to promote effective mediation.

Focus Groups | CA Estate & Trust Litigation

CA Estate Trust Litigation Focus Groups.jpgFocus groups in estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation are a valuable tool in determining community attitudes to undue influence and financial abuse cases.Participant selection, presentation venue and moderator approaches all play a part in this important process of community discernment.

Tom Clancy | The Battle Over Jack Ryan


Tom Clancy Estate Litigation Dispute.jpgHe was one of the greatest spy fiction writers of our era, and his movies and characters will certainly live on for decades, but for all his brilliance as a novelist, Tom Clancy was not good at plotting a satisfying end to his own estate.

Trial Preference for Seniors 70+ | Elder Financial Abuse

Trial Preference | Elder Financial Abuse.jpgImagine that you have been the target of elder financial abuse. Your lawyer tells you that getting your California civil case to trial may take 2-3 years. You ask whether your trial can be accelerated because of your age. Good question. California law helps here.

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