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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)."

Can You Identify Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's? | Baby Boomers

Alzheimer's Early Symptoms Estate Litigation.jpgIt's estimated that 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's dementia in 2018. The Alzheimer's Association identifies a number of early signs and symptoms. They are worth reviewing. Now, for every one of these signs, there are typical age-related changes not attributable to Alzheimer's. It might be a matter of degree.

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.

Empathy for Our Elderly | An Old Man's Poem

Empathy for Elders an Old Man's Poem.jpgThis weekend I was a presenter at San Francisco Assessor Carmen Chu's Family Wealth Workshop. The title of my presentation was "Protecting Against Elder Financial Abuse." I was able to share stories with the community and they in turn shared stories with me. I find this the most gratifying part of these events.

Watch Out for Estate Sale Fraud | WKYC Interview

Estate Sale Fraud.jpgEstate sales can be an emotionally wrenching, but sometimes necessary, step in moving forward after a loved one's passing. It's an unfortunate reality, however, that estate liquidation is also an opportunity for fraud and even elder financial abuse by wrongdoers.

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.

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.

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