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

    I’m Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, 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. We are not magicians – we know that we can’t magically turn a fact pattern into a viable legal case. Fact patterns are only part of the picture – if we delve deeper, they’re stories of real family traumas and strained personal relationships. Being spurned by a parent – even a parent with Alzheimer’s – or taken advantage of by a stepparent or sibling is not something generally shrugged off.…

  • Probate vs Nonprobate Transfers | How Assets Transfer at Death
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    Probate vs Nonprobate Transfers | How Assets Transfer at Death

    Hello, I’m Mike Hackard. I am a California estate and trust litigation lawyer. I began the practice of law in 1976, and I’ve been very active to this day. I want to discuss how assets pass on after we pass on. We begin by recognizing how different is the part played by our probate courts from that of automatic transfers on death. We can see these differences by telling some stories. We in the United States have the gift of owning property. We have certain property rights and responsibilities associated with the ownership. For example, if we own a home, we have the responsibility of paying property taxes. We may…

  • Alzheimer’s Patient Stars in Breakfast with Harvey (Health Advocate Caregiving )
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    Alzheimer’s Patient Stars in Breakfast with Harvey (Health Advocate Caregiving )

    Alzheimer’s Patient Stars in Breakfast with Harvey are you gonna sit out here and have a coffee yes I am it’s beautiful out here you gonna talk to Harvey Barbies my baby my baby yes sir you’re my baby you’re my baby now oh by the way oh by the way are you gonna have your breakfast down here I had a bath again I don’t know it’s up to coffee weary what up – Bobby – Bobby and up to you you want your breakfast out here you want breakfast Oh your dummy you see the pretty flowers the beautiful oh yes they are very beauty