The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse

The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse

by Michael Hackard

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Overview

In The Wolf at the Door, veteran California attorney and elder financial abuse writer Michael Hackard draws from forty years of legal experience to advise families, caregivers, and professionals who work with seniors what elder financial abuse is, how to identify it, and—most importantly—what to do if abuse is suspected. As the baby boomer generation rapidly ages into retirement, elder financial abuse threatens to become a national epidemic. If not addressed early and aggressively, this unique form of exploitation can tear families apart, leaving shattered relationships and depleted bank accounts in its wake. You may not be able to prevent elder financial abuse from happening, but The Wolf at the Door will empower you to fight back before it’s too late.

Concise and chock-full of practical information, The Wolf at the Door is a must-have reference for anyone interested in learning about elder financial abuse and what can be done to combat it. The book is written for a general audience, and it offers case studies, research, and hard-won observations gleaned from a long career representing abuse victims and their loved ones. An index and compact sections make navigation easy, and dozens of endnotes direct readers to additional information about elder abuse, undue influence, estate planning and trusts, and more.

Michael Hackard is the founder of Hackard Law, a California law firm that focuses on estates and trusts litigation. Over the years, he has helped many victims of elder financial abuse, including trust beneficiaries, disinherited heirs, and relatives of family members. He practiced law for more than forty years before writing The Wolf at the Door and has an “AV Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He has been interviewed regularly by local and national media, including the Wall Street Journal, C-SPAN, and Fox News, and has testified before the House of Representatives. Learn more about Michael at www.hackardlaw.com/.

The net profits from the sale of each copy of The Wolf at the Door will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999144602
Publisher: Hackard Global Media, LLC
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 166
Sales rank: 251,737
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL HACKARD is the founder of Hackard Law, a California law firm that focuses on estates and trusts litigation. Over the years, he has helped many victims of elder financial abuse,
including trust beneficiaries, disinherited heirs, and relatives of family members. He practiced law for more than forty years before writing The Wolf at the Door and has an "AV Rating" from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He has been interviewed regularly by local and national media, including the Wall Street Journal, C-SPAN, and Fox News, and has testified before the House of Representatives.

Mike received his JD from the McGeorge School of Law and has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1976. He lives in Sacramento, California, and can be contacted at hackard@hackardlaw.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1: Methods and Tactics of an Elder Financial Abuser 11

2: Tales from the Elder Financial Abuse Archives 29

3: Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Financial Elder Abuse 39

4: Working with an Attorney When You Suspect Financial Elder Abuse 51

5: Litigation Strategy 63

6: Trustees: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 75

7: The Basics of Proving Undue Influence in a Court Case 86

8: Stepmothers and Estate Litigation 98

9: Mediation as a Path to Resolution 111

10: Financial Institutions and Their Roles in Fighting Elder Financial Abuse 121

Afterword 132

Acknowledgments 135

Notes 137

Index 145

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