• Thefts from Trusts & Estate Fraud | Los Angeles Probate Litigation
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    Thefts from Trusts & Estate Fraud | Los Angeles Probate Litigation

    As the largest city in California, Los Angeles is ground zero for theft from trusts and fraud against the elderly, also known as elder financial abuse. Los Angeles County is home to a large senior population, and by 2020 it’s set to increase by 43%. With this figure in mind, families must ensure that their elderly loved ones are safeguarded against exploitation and undue influence. All too often I’ve seen cases of vulnerable elders who were tricked or pressured into changing their will or trust to overwhelmingly benefit one family member or an estate interloper. I’ve also witnessed how wrongdoers have hidden or altered estate and trust documents in order…

  • What Are Common Acts of Fraud in Trust or Probate?
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    What Are Common Acts of Fraud in Trust or Probate?

    I’m Mike Hackard of Hackard Law. We handle substantial trust, estate, probate and elder financial abuse litigation cases in California’s largest cities and counties. Frequent venues include Sacramento, Los Angeles and the major Bay Area Counties in between – including San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. While every case is different, there are often some common acts of fraud in trust, estate or probate lawsuits. I’ll talk about some of my own observations of these common acts of fraud in trust and probate disputes. Let’s start with the difference between actual and constructive fraud. California law defines actual fraud as consisting “in any of the following acts,…

  • 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…

  • Stopping Estate Theft | LA Probate Litigation Attorney
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    Stopping Estate Theft | LA Probate Litigation Attorney

    We learn by stories. Given our law firm’s position and commitment to LA estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation, we hear lots of stories – stories that many times develop new chapters in Los Angeles County Superior Court. While I can’t reveal attorney client communications, I can take literary license to depict issues of estate theft and wrongdoing that we regularly litigate. In this spirit, let’s go back to June 2016. My client, “Pamela,” calls me to tell me her 93-year-old “Aunt Martha” died earlier that day in Pasadena. Pamela is the closest living female relative to her aunt. Pamela drives to her Aunt Martha’s house later the same…

  • Untold Stories of Family Estate Disputes | CA Probate Litigation
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    Untold Stories of Family Estate Disputes | CA Probate Litigation

    In any family there should be love, compassion and loyalty. Yet in just about every family there can also be estate fights. The problem with long-hidden family conflicts is that when they surface, it often seems too late for reconciliation. Secrets and untold stories tend to come up on deathbeds and ride in on the aftershocks of loss. From false promises to theft, the real question is not “Can this happen to you?”, but rather, “Can you trust those you grew up with?” We all want to, but with trust lawsuits sometimes we learn the hard way that life isn’t that simple. Conflicts over trusts and estates can appear from…

  • Inheritance Lawyers Help | Just a Phone Call Away
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    Inheritance Lawyers Help | Just a Phone Call Away

    Inheritance can be baffling. If inheritance means to receive property upon the death of an owner either by will, trust, contract or operation of law by the heir to estate, rights, and liabilities of a decedent, the definition itself leaves enormous areas for questioning. We understand that estate and trust law can seem obscure. People need help. If they seek understanding Hackard Law has more than 500 videos on YouTube that explore multiple parts of estate administration, litigation, probate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. The text for the videos is available at Hackard Law’s blog located at www.hackardlaw.com/blog. People with specific inquiries can call our Los Angeles number at…