Hackard 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.
At 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.
Our 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.
Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California.
Representing clients in California life insurance beneficiary disputes a part of what we do at Hackard Law in addition to our estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation practice.
Whenever 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.
It'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.
Imagine 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 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.