The Wall Street Journal's article "The Secrets of Resilience" is full of observations worth sharing. The article explores the patterns that shed light on how some people's struggles to overcome life's adversities presage their later success. The article captures the resilient spirit in stories of some notable Americans, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey and Louis Armstrong.
I'm delighted to be a part of an interview that thirdAGE, a premier health and wellness site targeted to women 45 and older, posted today. thirdAGE is a powerful and well-respected platform for building awareness and empowering this group of women. The interview is posted at the site's article "Elder Financial Abuse: Signs and Prevention." The article addressed the five common types of senior financial abuse that are referenced in my book, The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. Those five types are misappropriation of income; improper actions by an attorney; undue influence; investment fraud; and repair scams.
Michael Hackard was glad to join Nashville radio host Sharon Kay, of WFSK 88.1's What's the 411? program. Sharon is a longtime community leader in Nashville, TN, and her show covers a wide variety of issues. On Wednesday she and Michael discussed his new book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. Among the topics they covered were how to spot elder financial exploitation, common methods of elder financial abuse, and maintaining good lines of communication with family members to prevent wrongdoers from taking advantage of elderly loved ones.
The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse was first published on September 29, 2017. The book is available in both Kindle and paperback versions at Amazon. It is also available in both NOOK Book and paperback at Barnes & Noble.
Under California law, Los Angeles beneficiaries have fundamental rights that are integral to a fair, timely and equitable distribution of trust assets. While the terms of a trust should be inviolable, there are still unfortunate cases when trustees abuse their authority and commit breach of fiduciary duty. This can result in serious damage to the trust and put a family's economic future in jeopardy.
Last night Michael Hackard appeared on San Francisco's public radio station, KALW 91.7. Michael was honored to be a guest on the show Your Legal Rights, hosted by Chuck Finney, a veteran San Mateo deputy district attorney and consumer advocate.
A parent's dementia and attendant short-term memory loss can be heartbreaking. It is common for children to have feelings of loss and grief as they see their family life changed by Alzheimer's. Children may go through the grieving process while their parent is alive - a process that may be hard to describe to those who have not encountered it themselves.
William Shakespeare's observation that "What's past is prologue" is a ready reference when we're thinking about the future. We often see that what has happened until now sets the stage for what will happen in the future. When it comes to California trust, probate and estate litigation the past year - 2017 - is likely a preface to what will take place in 2018.
Next week on Wednesday, January 3rd, I'll be live in studio at KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco's NPR affiliate. My host will be Chuck Finney, whose program Your Legal Rights is a leading resource for consumer protection nationwide. Chuck is also a veteran lawyer with 51 years of experience, and he has served 33 years as a San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney with a special focus on consumer and environmental safeguards. Chuck and I will be discussing my new book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.
As 2017 comes to a close, it's time for us at Hackard Law to peer into the future. What will 2018 look like for estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California?