Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's a perfect reminder to be grateful for all our blessings. It's also an opportunity to spread your good fortune and donate to those who are less fortunate in our community. We're already getting close to the Christmas holidays, and the best way to begin the season is in helping those less fortunate. You can deliver a turkey and canned foods to a food drive, volunteer your time in a food kitchen downtown, or even donate online.
On this Saturday, September 29th, I'll be delivering a half-hour presentation in San Francisco at the Family Wealth Workshop, hosted by the San Francisco Office of the Assessor. The subject of my talk will be how to create safeguards against elder financial abuse, based on my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.
For this year's Hackard Law Academic Scholarship contest, we asked you to talk on video about the elder who's been most influential in your life.
We take our safety for granted - at home, at leisure and in the workplace.
Have you ever heard the phrase "Bloom where you are planted." Its meaning can range from your place in life is full of magnificent possibilities to you can still make lemonade out of lemons.
This week Californians learned some incredible news - the case of the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker, has broken wide open. And it's been a long time coming - the Golden State Killer terrorized the state from the mid-1970s to 1986. During that period, this serial predator killed at least 12 people and raped upwards of 50 across the length of California, from Sacramento and the Bay Area to Santa Barbara and Orange County.
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.
Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a timeless classic for the Christmas season. Maybe we read the story at some point, or we've seen a film or theatre version of the work that Dickens wrote in 1843. After all these years, why does A Christmas Carol still resonate with us, no matter our walk of life? I think it has something to do with love, family, and our common humanity.