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California Gambling Trustees | Breaking Bad on Fiduciary Duties

Gambling Trustee Beneficiary Rights.jpgCalifornia heirs and beneficiaries expect that trustees, estate representatives and executors will act as good and prudent fiduciaries. When these fiduciaries fail and take money belonging to trust beneficiaries, they may be subject to civil and even criminal penalties. There are several cases in point.

Estate & Trust Litigation Videos | Hackard Law's Work Recognized

Estate Trust Litigation Videos.jpgIt's easy to believe at the beginning, middle or even long into a journey that we are "chasing the wind" - engaged in a futile task with nothing gained. This feeling easily accompanies an effort to reach out to people with video presentations. J.P. Mark, a noted research analyst and author of several books, captures this attitudinal predilection in his recently published article Making Magic: Why Lawyers (And Other Professionals) Don't Post More YouTube Videos. Mr. Mark notes:

Stan Lee Estate Drama | The Legend's Last Year

Stan Lee Estate Drama | The Legend's Last YearPhoto Credit: Marvelfan2017

Earlier this year, I related the story of Stan Lee, the iconic creator of such comic book heroes as the Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the Fantastic Four. As you may already have heard, Lee passed away recently at the age of 95.

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.

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)."

Trust Litigation Contingency Fees | Shifting the Balance of Power

Trust Litigation Contingency Fees.jpgWhat options does a beneficiary have against a bad trustee? Let's say a trustee is abusing their position and not distributing funds to the beneficiary. Maybe they've frozen them out of the trust completely and are using other people's money to enrich themselves: trips to Hawaii, new cars, the whole nine yards. I've seen it before.

California Trust Litigation Contingency Fees | The Pros and Cons

Contingency Fees Trust Litigation Pros Cons.jpgHackard Law is striving to be the leading plaintiffs' trust and estate contingency fee law firm in California. This is no small task. Our state has terrific lawyers and law firms committed to the ethical and competent representation of vulnerable abused trust and estate beneficiaries. Many of the attorneys regularly prosecute civil elder financial abuse cases against well-funded defendants.

Million-Dollar Questions | Abused Trust and Estate Beneficiaries

Estate & Trust Litigation | Million-Dollar QuestionsHow many times in life do we falter because we or someone helping us fails to ask the right questions?

The IRS Telephone Scam | Don't Be Fooled

IRS Scam.jpgJust yesterday I received a call on my answering machine. Supposedly it came from the IRS. The message started off in a robotic voice,

Siblings, Stepparents & Stepchildren | Battles Between Beneficiaries

Beneficiary Fights Estate Disaster.jpgBattles between beneficiaries are part and parcel of a busy estate and trust litigation practice. Common battle recipe ingredients include a dose of dementia, simmering family differences, frozen relationships, and diced communications mixed with a wedge of sibling rivalry.

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