What can you do if someone’s hijacked your family’s estate or trust assets? Perhaps a wrongdoer lied, cheated or stole their way to taking over the family home. Maybe it was a stepmother, a sibling or perhaps even a next-door neighbor.
The damage caused to families by lies, deception and betrayal is often impossible to quantify in purely financial terms. How do you calculate the pain a wrongdoer inflicts by isolating a sick or dying elderly loved one from other relatives – and all in order to gain some monetary advantage? Many times the rightful heirs or beneficiaries of an estate or trust are tempted to simply “move on” and accept they’ve been effectively robbed out of their rightful inheritance. Letting the wrongdoer get away with what they’ve done isn’t only giving up hope, it’s inviting them to continue lying, stealing and cheating.
Don’t let wrongdoers win. If you’ve been treated unfairly over a family estate, never give up – justice and recovery are possible when the truth is on your side and you can tell your story to the court. Abused trust beneficiaries and disinherited heirs have the right to challenge trusts and wills that were created or modified as a result of the undue influence of others on the maker of the trust (settlor) or the will (testator). This is the law in California. The law is designed to protect all of us – individuals, families and communities – from fraud, manipulation and elder financial abuse. Such crimes against the elderly and incapacitated have become all too common a phenomenon in our state, and it’s time to stop wrongdoers before they can strike again.
Here at Hackard Law, our job as trust, probate and estate litigation lawyers starts with listening. When we listen to children, brothers, sisters or grandchildren of victims of elder financial abuse, we often hear a story of parents or family members who experience unavoidable problems through no fault of their own. It’s our mission to protect clients and give them a fighting chance at recovery. We work throughout California, including Sacramento, the East Bay, Los Angeles and San Diego. Call us today at 916-313-3030 to see how we can help you.