Estate Planning, Business Law, & Civil Litigation Lawyers in Mather, California
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Law Firm OverviewHackard Law, PLC is a probate and estate litigation and planning, elder and business law, civil litigation, and real estate law firm located in Mather, California and serving clients in the Greater Sacramento area and throughout Northern California.
Highly regarded by clients and peers, founding attorney Michael Hackard has been serving clients for nearly four decades. He and his team are highly skilled and experienced litigators in federal and state courts.
Litigation can be factually and legally complex as well as financially and emotionally demanding. Whether representing individuals or small and large-scale businesses, the Hackard Law team is dedicated to creating solutions and protecting their clients’ best interests in a variety of matters.
Languages: Hmong, Russian, Spanish, German, English
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Elder Abuse; Bankruptcy and Debt; Business Partnerships; Property Crimes; Self-Defense; Health Care Public Policy; Defense of Guarantors; Probate and Estate Litigation; Will and Trust Contests; Guardianship Disputes; Out-of-State Clients; Advance Health Care Directives; Durable Powers Of Attorney; Business Succession Planning; Defense of Guarantors; Real Estate Purchases and Sales; Secured Lending; Restructures and Workouts; Renegotiation of Guarantees; Actions on Guarantees; Adversary Claims; Breach of Contract; Fraudulent Transfers; Medi-Cal Planning; Disability Planning; Life Care Planning; Health Care Directives; Durable Power of Attorney; Estate Administration.
Areas of Law Description
Litigation can be factually and legally complex and financially and emotionally demanding - not every lawyer out there has the experience and knowledge to successfully litigate, especially in the fields of estate, trust and probate law. That's where Hackard Law works to make a difference: we regularly represent individuals, heirs and beneficiaries in estate, trust and probate litigation. This includes the representation of trustees, co-trustees, administrators and executors in Northern California.
- Financial Abuse of the Elderly
Hackard Law frequently prosecutes wrongdoers in civil court - those who have stolen or concealed the assets of elderly persons and their estates. Fraud against the elderly is an epidemic in America. We are honored to do justice for the aggrieved elderly and their families.
- Will Contests
Hackard Law vigorously prosecutes Will Contests, including petitions for revocation, interpretation and validity. These estate fights can result from fraud, lack of testamentary capacity or undue influence. Unequal estate shares between siblings also lead to disputes, especially when the inequality results from undue influence by one sibling against others. Exclusion from a Will or Trust is also a typical cause for a dispute. Some Will Contests will simply focus on the interpretation of testamentary documents.
- Trust Contests
Hackard Law prosecutes and defends Trust Contests, including petitions to determine and enforce the rights and obligations of beneficiaries and trustees. Trust Contests, like Will Contests, often deal with testamentary capacity and potential undue influence. Petitions for accounting and resignation, replacement and removal of Trustees, etc. are part and parcel of Trust Contests.
- Creditors’ Claims
Claims against the estate can not only be genuine, but also necessary for legitimate recovery. Conversely, some wrongdoers will make false claims on an estate - and these false claims must be defended.
- Power of Attorney Issues
Estates can often be ransacked through the unjust use of powers of attorney before the decedent's death. These cases present certain challenges for discovery. These problems are not impossible to resolve - but they're still serious and require legal resources.
- Real Estate Partition Actions
The heirs of an estate may inherit real property that sometimes owned with other individual(s). If one or more of the owners desire to sell that property while some don't, court order sale of the asset may be necessary. California law applies particular rules to a Partition action between the holder of a life estate and the owners of the remainder interest.
Mr. Michael A. Hackard
Business Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
- State Bar of California
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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Hackard Law Blog
Articles Published by Hackard Law
What does residue mean as a legal definition, and how is it important in a California probate lawsuit?Read Article
Your relative's estate plan is a mess - but your family doesn't know this yet. Planning isn't really the problem: there is no planning. And if there's no planning, then a house will pose a special challenge.Read Article
Call it an "Aha! Moment." I am reading the latest summary sheet of our law firm's disputed probate, estate and trust cases and come across an insight and observation that should have been obvious -but it wasn't. About 50% of our active disputed estate cases involve litigated differences between stepmothers and their stepchildren.Read Article
In California as elsewhere, most people are generally unwilling participants in estate disputes. There's no difference whether the dispute entails trust litigation, probate litigation or a Will Contest.Read Article
Videos Provided by Hackard Law
Homes Are High Stakes LA Trust & Estate Litigation
In January 2014, a law became effective that incorporates up-to-date scientific knowledge in crafting California's significant overhaul of the definition of undue influence. The law now provides that undue influence is "excessive persuasion that causes another person to act or refrain from acting by overcoming that person's free will and results in inequity." Such inequity may include the "economic consequences to the victim" and "any divergence from the victim's prior intent or course of conduct or dealing."
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/homes-are-high-stakes-in-los-angeles-trust-estate-litigation.shtml
Elder Financial Abuse Lawsuits LA Trust & Estate Litigation
The elderly population in areas of Los Angeles has been increasing at rates between 50 and 99 percent, and that means that incidents of elder financial abuse are also increasing in frequency. One of the most tragic aspects of this phenomenon is that more often than not, perpetrators of abuse are family members. According to statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse, 60 percent of the time, the perpetrator is a family member, while two-thirds of these perpetrators are adult children or spouses...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/elder-financial-abuse-lawsuits-la-trust-estate-litigation.shtml
Trust & Estate Litigation Cases Sacramento and Los Angeles
Estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation unfolds in various scenarios. Estate participants become entangled in a process that their lawyers grapple with in California Superior Courts’ probate or civil divisions. Access to the court system itself can become problematical because of the expense of litigation. California Trust and estate litigation law firms like Hackard Law often work with plaintiffs and petitioners on a contingency fee basis – a fee arrangement with a number of California law requirements. Such attorney-client fee arrangements help impoverished wronged beneficiaries to get their day in court...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/trust-estate-litigation-cases-sacramento-and-los-angeles.shtml
Thefts from Trusts & Estate Fraud Los Angeles Probate Litigation
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 to hijack assets, property, and even entire houses that never belonged to them in the first place. While the variations are numerous, the same tragic story plays out over and over again...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/thefts-from-trusts-estate-fraud-los-angeles-probate-litigation.shtml
Los Angeles Trust Beneficiaries Guard Your Rights Under CA Law
So if you're in Los Angeles and believe that you need an estate & trust litigation lawyer, there are several places to turn. SuperLawyers has a Lawyer Directory listing "Estate and trust litigation attorneys (who) primarily represent clients in lawsuits over estate and trust assets or distributions." So if you go to the directory you can do searches by "top cities" or "states and regions." Los Angeles is one of the top cities, and there are over 150 lawyers identified as a "Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Lawyer..."
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/los-angeles-trust-beneficiaries-guard-your-rights-under-ca-law.shtml
Disputed Trust & Estate Bank Accounts CA Probate Litigation
A 2017 California Court of Appeal decision (Higgins v. Higgins) helps to identify some basic guideposts for ownership determination. The case arose from a lawsuit brought by the personal representative of an estate against a wife who agreed to hold funds in trust for her husband's stepmother. After her husband's death she changed the form of the accounts and used the funds for her own purposes. The Appellate Court concluded that the wife held the funds in the accounts in trust for the stepmother and the transfer of the accounts into her own name and use was a wrongful act supporting the imposition of a constructive trust...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/disputed-trust-estate-bank-accounts-ca-probate-litigation.shtml
Stopping Undue Influence & Estate Theft CA Probate and Trust Litigation Attorneys
"Undue influence" in California means excessive persuasion that causes another person to act or refrain from acting by overcoming that person's free will and results in inequity. California law considers a number of factors in determining whether an estate transfer was produced by undue influence...
Los Angeles Trust Litigation Attorney Asking the Right Questions
Given the volume of calls, it is important that we ask questions that get right to the heart of the matter. Our prospective LA clients often say that "I don't know where to start" and this is "really complex," when explaining a trust dispute or how someone took financial advantage of their elderly loved one. We've found that the best way to deal with this complexity is to break down voluminous facts into simple-to understand-categories. We use the "Five Ws" to simplify this process...
Serving Baby Boomers CA Estate & Trust Litigation Attorneys
The California Department of Aging projects that our elderly population is expected to grow more than twice as fast other age groups in California. This population growth among our seniors is reflected in the increasing incidence of elder financial abuse. Our laws provide some strong remedies for the abuse, but unfortunately the remedies may be too late - the horse is already out of the barn...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/serving-baby-boomers-ca-estate-trust-litigation-attorneys.shtml
Can I Get an Amen? The Power of Client Testimonials
At Hackard Law we focus our practice on a narrow but critical field – estate, trust, probate and financial elder abuse litigation. We litigate in most of California’s large urban areas. People for the most part find us online. This is understandable as most people don’t have friends or relatives who have either experienced trust or estate litigation or if they have experienced it they don’t want to talk about it. Let’s face it – these family fights are not pleasant and if we’re in them we don’t like to advertise it...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/can-i-get-an-amen-the-power-of-client-testimonials.shtml
Untold Stories of Family Estate Disputes CA Probate Litigation
Conflicts over trusts and estates can appear from nowhere; family members might never even realize they were deceived until everything they had expected as a lawful inheritance was taken from them. As estate litigation attorneys, we've seen previously-unknown relatives and "friends" come out of the woodwork to claim a deceased parent's house, cash or other assets. At times bad actors even attempt to hide will or trust documents. Wealth within reach creates a temptation for those willing to manipulate, lie, cheat or steal. Such episodes of wrongdoing form the untold stories of estate and trust disputes within families.
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/untold-stories-of-family-estate-litigation.shtml
Los Angeles Trust Litigation Contingency Fees & Your Case
When potential clients call to speak with me, they've already been through a range of emotions. They're experiencing everything from grief at the loss of a loved one to anger and frustration that someone they may have trusted - whether a caregiver, a stepmother, or even a sibling - wrongfully took estate assets from the family...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/05/los-angeles-trust-litigation-contingency-fees-your-case.shtml
The Power of Video CA Estate & Trust Litigation
LA Probate & Trust Litigation Contingency Fees
If you need to fight the unjust actions of an estate wrongdoer but don't have the money to hire a qualified attorney, where do you turn? Beneficiaries in an LA trust dispute or will contest may already be frozen out from their rightful inheritance - this freeze-out includes barred access to the resources to assert their rights in court. Contingency fees allow wronged heirs and beneficiaries to gain a fighting chance for recovery of assets...
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/04/los-angeles-probate-trust-litigation-contingency-fees.shtml
Elder Abuse Red Flags CA Litigation Attorneys
Read more: http://www.hackardlaw.com/blog/2017/04/elder-abuse-red-flags-ca-litigation-attorneys.shtml