Berkeley, California Estate Planning Lawyers

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Lynn Margaret Sherrell
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 35 years experience
(510) 843-6060 2141 Emerson St
Berkeley, CA 94705
Estate Planning, Business, Consumer and Insurance Claims
Golden Gate University School of Law
Lynn Sherrell is in solo-practice in Berkeley California, following a dozen years in San Francisco law firms practicing personal injury, products' liability and worker's compensation law. Lynn has achieved a Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law of the State Bar of California Department of Legal Specialization. Lynn is client oriented and serves individuals, families, small businesses and small owner investors in many aspects of civil law and litigation. When you need an advocate on your side, get a woman on your case. Lynn is a graduate of Golden Gate University Law School with an emphasis in public interest...
Mr. James Michael O'Neil III
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 992-9452 1935 Addison St
Suite A
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning and Probate
University of San Francisco School of Law
As one of the co-founders of O’Neil & Rueppel, LLP, James O’Neil has narrowed his primary focus to trusts and probate. After graduating cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, he served as an intern for the Honorable A. James Roberston II in the San Francisco Superior Court. He founded this firm along with John Rueppel in 2009 and his mission is to guide his clients through the complex estate planning and trust and estate administration. He has helped hundreds of clients plan for their futures and manage the transfer of property following the passing of...
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
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Albany, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 860-5919 1050 Kains Ave. #A1
Albany, CA 94706
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Elder
Marquette University Law School and Marquette University Law School
Valerie Kraml
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
2625 Alcatraz Ave
319
Berkeley, CA 94705
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Business and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Doris Mitchell
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Albany, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(510) 525-8282 1320 Solano Ave., #203
Albany, CA 94706
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law
Scott Pesetsky
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(510) 450-0455 2855 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 203
Berkeley, CA 94705
Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Donald Hastings Read
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 50 years experience
(510) 409-4927 982 Santa Barbara Rd
Berkeley, CA 94707
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School
Bruce Emerson Methven
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(510) 649-4019 2232 6th St
Berkeley, CA 94710
Estate Planning, Antitrust, Business and Communications
Boalt Hall (U.C. Berkeley)
Gregory Sowder
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(510) 866-9667 2735 Wallace Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Estate Planning, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and Probate
Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Golden Gate University School of Law
I spent over 18 years working as a litigator at a statewide civil litigation firm retained to defend personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits before leaving to open my own law firm. I now focus my practice on representing people who suffered personal injuries. From my experience defending personal injury lawsuits, I know the defense side playbook. I also defended lawsuits brought by very successful personal injury lawyers, and know their playbook too. This gives me an unique perspective. I know how both sides think, know what the defendant will most likely do to win, and know strategies to put...
Martin James Elmer
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(510) 644-2411 1919 Addison St, #105
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Maeve Katherine Bergman
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(510) 704-9200 2721 Shattuck Avenue
No. 223
Berkeley, CA 94705
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law
Alex P. Moskovitz
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Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(510) 816-1200 2039 Shattuck Avenue
Suite 406
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning, Business and Patents
Reece R. Halpern
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Albany, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(510) 527-4337 1534 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 94707
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Boston College Law School
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(510) 526-5054 2140 Shattuck Ave Ste 1208
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning and Tax
Columbia Law School
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(510) 848-6000 1936 University Ave Ste 380
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning
Harvard Univ Law School
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 50 years experience
(510) 548-9005 1816 5th St
Berkeley, CA 94710
Estate Planning
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(510) 845-8737 1900 Addison Street
Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning
Lincoln Univ
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(510) 548-4844 2140 Shattuck Ave Ste 605
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning and Elder
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney
2025 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Estate Planning, Consumer, Elder and Tax
Berkeley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(510) 848-7200 2222 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Estate Planning, Environmental and Social Security Disability
New College School of Law
Howard Elliot Kane
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(510) 292-0193 4200 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
UC Hastings COL
I attended UCLA from 1983-1987 and obtained a B.A. in History. I attended
UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco from 1987-1990 and began practicing law in 1990. I am also a licensed California real estate broker and I have brokered hundreds of purchase and sale agreements since 1996.

In addition to handling simple and complex real estate transactions, I focus on affordable estate planning packages. Fees begin at $495. Packages
include:

Wills
Revocable Living Trusts
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
Health Care Directives
Final Arrangements

I also make house calls throughout the Bay Area.


Kathleen Hunt
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El Cerrito, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(510) 289-2288 6002 Barrett Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Communications and Probate
Hastings College of Law
Sarah Wessels
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(415) 944-9406 3873 Piedmont Avenue
Suite 8
Oakland, CA 94611
Estate Planning and Probate
Leslie Bishop Franco
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(510) 428-3814 2201 Broadway, Ste 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
Victor J. Yoo
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(888) 553-8000 1300 Clay St #600
Oakland, CA 94612
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Tax
Southwestern University School of Law
Mr. Yoo's practice focuses on tax and bankruptcy litigation. He has represented clients in both criminal and civil cases against the California Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization and Employment Development Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He has handled matters including IRS and sales tax audits, tax fraud investigations, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) and innocent spouse claims. Mr. Yoo also represents debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11 & 13 bankruptcy proceedings, including tax bankruptcy cases.
Christina Weed
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(925) 953-2920 201 Spear Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and Whittier Law School
Christina Weed understands the complex life demands and goals of her clients. Christina also understands that most of the time it is not possible to completely separate family life from business. Clients need an integrated plan that covers all of their family, business, tax, and estate planning concerns. Christina has dedicated the past thirteen years to the study and practice of law, taxation, business, accounting, and estate planning and uses this knowledge to consult with her clients in business, tax and estate planning matters. Christina is a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the...
Michael Ellis Freedman
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(877) 777-1666 580 California Street
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Accomplished Trusts and Estates Attorney. Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Selected to Northern California SuperLawyers. For more than thirty-two years, Michael Freedman has been lead trial lawyer in more than thirty state and federal jury and bench trials involving trusts and estates law, business law, tort law, labor and employment law, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith, and environmental law. Michael Freedman has built a solid reputation as an experienced, skilled and dedicated practitioner. He has consistently upheld this high standard of service. Michael Freedman...
Lindsay Gunn Spiller
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(415) 501-0156 450 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Entertainment & Sports and IP
Georgetown University Law Center
Spiller Law is a business, estate planning and entertainment law firm located in San Francisco, California. Business: We serve small to medium-sized businesses in the areas of contracts, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, partnership agreements, corporate formation and dispute resolution. We have advised businesses in involved in aviation, finance, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, music, film, and television. Estate Planning: We work with individuals and couples to create simple to sophisticated estate plans, depending on their needs. Entertainment Law: We advise film/TV, new media, and music clients as to business planning, business formation, contract negotiation, and licensing
Mr. Matthew J. Tuller
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(415) 625-0773 275 Battery Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-3372
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law
We provide full-service solutions for San Francisco Bay Area families, professional or retired individuals, and business owners in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Health Care Directives, and Powers of Attorney.
Eric Morgan Boeing
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(510) 761-6230 1300 Clay St, Ste 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Consumer
UC Hastings COL
I believe that the Bankruptcy Court is one of the few places in out legal system where ordinary people can go for real relief. I am dedicated to helping people throughout the Bay Area access that relief. I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and I earned my law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. While in law school, I was Articles Editor at the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and I graduated in 2006. I spent my first two years practicing antitrust/consumer...
Steven Matthew Simrin
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 328-4005 318 Harrison St
Suite 102
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Tax
UC Hastings COL
Steven M. Simrin has over 20 years of experience as both an Oakland tax attorney and a certified public accountant. He advises clients in the areas of tax, probate, trusts, and conservatorships, and has represented clients before the IRS and all California state and local tax agencies. Attorney Simrin litigates cases in state and federal court throughout California.

Prior to opening his solo law practice, Mr. Simrin was with the tax group of a major international accounting firm. Since then, he started work as an independent practitioner to provide an uncommon level of personal legal service to his clients.
David Douglas Stein
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(415) 969-9936 1 Sansome Street
Suite 720
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
David D. Stein is a San Francisco divorce attorney backed by 35+ years of experience, and is the founder of Liaise Divorce Solutions. Recognizing that there was a significant need for smarter, quicker, friendly, and all around better ways to dissolve marriages, he founded his firm with the intent of making mediation mainstream. In addition to frequently helping clients through divorce using mediation, he acts as a guest speaker for a variety of legal functions.
Melanie Tavare
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Hayward, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(510) 255-4646 225 W Winton Ave, Ste 111
Hayward, CA 94544
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Francisco School of Law
Matthew G. Grech
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(510) 270-5602 1300 Clay St.
Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
St. Thomas University School of Law
As an attorney, Matthew Grech began his career as a civil litigator. From there Mr. Grech transitioned into estate planning and probate & estate administration. As an estate planning/administration attorney Mr. Grech has assisted numerous clients manage trust and estate administrations from inception to closing, as well as guiding and facilitating the planning process. It was during this time that Mr. Grech realized that a number of his clients’ family members and friends were facing mounting financial troubles in the wake of The Great Recession. It was this realization that motivated Mr. Grech to begin practicing bankruptcy law, which...
Hanlen J. Chang
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(415) 757-3422 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Estate Planning, Business, International and Real Estate
Southwestern University School of Law
Hanlen J. Chang provides legal services in Business Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, and International Tax matters. He was recognized as a Super Lawyers rising star in 2015. Prior to establishing his own practice Hanlen was a research attorney at the San Mateo County Superior Court Probate Department. He has also worked for several Southern California and Bay Area law firms as a litigation attorney representing business owners and professionals . Hanlen grew up in Bubendorf, Switzerland and attended...
David Sheen ESQ.
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Fremont, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 438-6868 39510 Paseo Padre Pkwy
#190
Fremont, CA 94538
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Immigration
California Western School of Law and University of North Carolina School of Law
Robert Joseph Mintz
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(800) 223-4291 388 Market Street
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Boston University School of Law and Univ of San Diego School of Law
We are a law firm with offices in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our practice is focused on providing sophisticated asset protection legal services for clients throughout the country. When helpful, we can arrange personal meetings with our clients in Los Angeles and most areas in California.

We structure our clients personal and business holdings to protect against risk of loss from sources of potential liability. This structuring is based upon the correct choice of business entity and the proper asset protection strategies for holding investment assets and accumulated wealth. Our expertise is in both...
Ashley Talbot Dean
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San Francsico, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(415) 328-2797 720 Bay St
San Francsico, CA 94109
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
University of San Francisco School of Law
Ashley is founder of Talbot Law Firm. As an attorney in the firm’s emerging business practice, Ashley counsels startups with incorporation, early stage financing, employment issues, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, commercial partnerships and various other corporate transactions. Ashley believes that understanding a company’s vision and priorities is important to devising strategies to solve legal problems so companies can focus on their goals. Ashley has nearly 3 years in-house experience representing entrepreneurs in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. Ashley received a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in...
Jonathan C. Lee
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 685-0813 1 Market St
#3600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Kendra Bowen
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Oakland, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(650) 521-6910 1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94303
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
University of California Hastings College of the Law
I have focused my practice solely on estate planning and advanced estate planning, specifically the legal work to PREVENT PROBATE. As a San Mateo County native, I receive great satisfaction in using the law to help other San Francisco Bay Area residents and home owners avoid the time consuming, costly and disruptive probate process. I meet with every client at a Fidelity Law Office near them and guide them through the estate planning process in a fun and efficient way. My positive approach and knowledge of estate planning law ensures that each client makes the right decisions for their estate...
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.