Financial Elder Abuse is a serious problem in California. Elderly folk sometimes lack mental vigor and sharpness, and this can sometimes cause them to be excessively trusting, particularly of relatives and their own offspring. California law provides that any California resident age 65 or older is an "Elder" for the purposes of the statute. Buffington Law Firm's elder law attorneys have frequently dealt with court cases involving allegations of financial elder abuse. In this brief Blog article we will discuss the basic nature of financial elder abuse in California.
This week complete a two-part Blog article dealing with the considerations that counsel and client must consider when deciding whether to demand trial by jury or, by contrast, accede to a judge-only ("bench") trial. This is often a complex decision with no sure right or wrong answer. Last week we discussed the advantages of a jury trial. This week we review some of the key considerations for the other side of this complicated coin: the advantages of opting for a judge-only trial.
Buffington Law Firm's business and real estate trial attorneys are often faced with the question as to whether the case should ultimately be decided by a judge or by a jury. In most types of civil trials (probate proceedings being a notable exception) a party is entitled to a trial by jury under most circumstances. Whether to ultimately elect a jury trial is never a simple question. And yet the decision whether to employ a jury can be one of the most far-reaching decisions that lawyer and client can make. In this brief article we will discuss a few of the considerations that should go into making such decision. We make no pretense that this article covers all of the factors involved.