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Do I Have a Real Case? | Probate, Estates & Trusts Litigation

Do I Have a Real Case? | Probate, Estates & Trusts LitigationHackard Law is a Northern California-based law firm that focuses on probate, estates & trusts litigation. I'm the one who is ultimately responsible for taking a new case. It's an interesting and an imperfect process.

East Bay Estate Litigation Attorneys | Constructive Trusts

Constructive Trusts Alameda Estate Litigation.jpgAt Hackard Law we focus on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. We generally litigate these cases on behalf heirs and beneficiaries who have been cut out of estate plans by fraud, accident, mistake, undue influence, the violation of a trust, or other wrongful acts.

The Widowed Stepmother | Trust Inheritance Disputes

Widowed Stepmother Trust Disputes.jpgOur California law firm, Hackard Law, regularly litigates probate and trust litigation disputes. A significant number of these disputes involve fights between a decedent's biological children from an earlier marriage and the decedent's second or third spouse. These cases end up in the California Superior Courts.

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 1

Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes | Episode 1Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California.

California Trust Mediation | What Was Your Life About?

Estate Trust Mediation California.jpgWhenever mediation occurs it is usually a day-long event - an event that often includes a "hard day's night." The process involves a neutral mediator that helps effectuate negotiation between the attorneys for estates, trusts, heirs, and beneficiaries. Clients are deeply involved in the process and are understandably swept with emotion as offers and counter-offers come in.

California Living Trusts | Nonlawyers, Lawyers and Ethics Problems

Living Trusts Estate Misconduct.jpgIt's late afternoon. Jack sits in his favorite chair. It gives him a good view of his backyard - a good look at the birds that visit. He can see the TV from where he sits. His phone is on the table next to him.

Marlon Brando | Incapacity & Estate Battles

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POA Vultures | Power of Attorney Abuse

Power of Attorney Abuse.jpgImagine you're out driving in an open area on a beautiful, clear day. You can see as far as the tree line on the horizon. Suddenly, off in the field to your right you spot someone in the distance - it's an old man in tattered clothes. He's limping slowly and looks to be in pain; he's suffering. And then, in the sky above, you notice something extraordinary - there's vultures circling, just like in the old cartoons we used to watch. Would you stop and help the old man? Maybe bring him some water and call for medical help? You wouldn't let the vultures swoop down.

Sibling Estate & Trust Duels | Drama and Trauma

Sibling Rivalry Estate Trust Litigation.jpgSibling battles have been immortalized in fact, fiction, film - and unfortunately, in thousands of court dockets. It's said that when the second child shows up on the family scene that the classic tug of war for parental attention begins. More siblings - more tug-of-wars, more shifting alliances and more life stories.

Huguette Clark | An Heiress & Undue Influence

Huguette Clark Estate Litigation.jpgUnless you're from Santa Barbara, you may not know the name Huguette Clark. She was the reclusive heiress to a $300 million copper and railroad fortune amassed by her father, W.A. Clark, a former US Senator from Montana who also held the distinction of being the founder of the city of Las Vegas. When Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104, she created by will the Bellosguardo Foundation, whose purpose was to foster the arts by displaying her art collection at her massive $85 million, 23 ½ acre summer home in Santa Barbara.

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