Gamblers & Addiction | Triggers for Trust & Estate Disputes

Compulsive gambling is a problem for the gambler
and his or her loved ones.
Gamblers Anonymous members believe that:
“Compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive
in its nature, which can never be cured, but
can be arrested…The Gamblers Anonymous
concept is that compulsive gamblers are really
very sick people who can recover if they follow
to the best of their ability a simple program
that has proved successful for thousands of
other men and women with a gambling or compulsive
gambling problem.”
Compulsive gamblers may present a variety
of issues in trust & estate litigation.
A trustee who is a compulsive gambler may
find it hard to satisfy their fiduciary duties.
Settlors of trusts might disinherit a child
because of their compulsive gambling proclivities.
Disinheritance may ignite estate fights.
The Gamblers Anonymous website recites some
characteristics of a compulsive gambler, among
Inability and Unwillingness to accept reality;
Emotional insecurity;
The desire to be a “big shot” and feel
all powerful;
And sometimes the subconscious desire to punish
Compulsive gamblers’ denial of reality can
produce some very strange results.
Ponzi schemes; elder financial abuse; estate
thefts; unlawful asset transfers; and disinheritance
are some offshoots from compulsive gambling.
There are scores of reasons for estate & trust
litigation – compulsive gambling is just
one of them.
If you would like to talk with Hackard Law
about your case, call us today at 916-313-3030.
We represent clients in significant cases
throughout California’s major urban areas,
including Sacramento, San Jose, Alameda, Los
Angeles and San Diego.
The simple truth is that beneficiary rights
must be protected – so let’s get to work
for a better outcome.
Thank you.

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