Oakland, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Laurie E. Yoon
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I'm an experienced East Bay estate planning lawyer and am dedicated to serving the unique needs of my clients. My practice includes estate planning, probate, wills and trusts, and conservatorship and guardianship. Read More »
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Daniel L DuRee
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Mark Tad Malachowski
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(415) 983-0717 703 Market Street
Suite 1108
San Francisco, CA 94103
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
Northwestern Cal Univ of Law
Founded by Mark Malachowski, the Law Office of Malachowski and Associates provides legal services to clients in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Our office recognizes that lives and fortunes hang in the balance when a client seeks our services, so we strive to work closely with you to develop an individually designed action plan to achieve your goals. Mr. Malachowski has a wide breadth of education and experience apart from his Juris Doctorate in Law and his legal counsel and litigation work for businesses, investors and individuals. With his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Science...
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...
John Gigounas
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 58 years experience
(415) 391-4900 100 Pine Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94111
Estate Planning, Appeals and Tax
New York Univ School of Law and University of Utah
John Gigounas received a J.D. from the University of Utah and an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University. He is certified as a taxation specialist by the California Board of Specialization. He has handled hundreds of tax cases before the United States Tax Court and other courts. Mr. Gigounas is a former IRS Senior Trial Attorney and has lectured and written articles on tax and estate planning matters. Mr. Gigounas was formerly a law clerk to the Utah Supreme Court. He is a member of the California and Utah State bars. He is a former instructor in Tax Procedure at...
Sidney Alex Luscutoff
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(415) 989-7500 601 Montgomery St
#1088
San Francisco, CA 94111
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
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
Thomas S Wrobel
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san Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(415) 928-4161 870 Market Street, Suite 645
san Francisco, CA 94102
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
I am a client-focused attorney with expertise in estate and tax planning, nonprofit and philanthropy, and real estate law.

My practice, T.S. Wrobel Law Group, focuses on Estate Planning, Probate, Exempt Organization Law, and Business Law services. We work directly with clients to protect their assets and legacy, and offer resources through our websites TSWrobel.Law and NonProfitLegalCenter.com to provide information and support to nonprofits and private family foundations on purpose, strategic fundraising, board structure, budget and operational issues.

Over the years, we’ve supported more than 1,600 nonprofits, private family foundations, and international NGOs across 50 states, including organizations such as...
Doris Mitchell
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Albany, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 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
Mr. Brian Carideo
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(415) 300-0718 870 Market Street, Suite 713
San Francisco, CA 94121
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of San Francisco
My firm focuses on three areas: business, real estate and estate planning. As the head of the business law practice area I counsel clients on available courses of action concerning entity formation and other business matters as well as the drafting and review of contracts and other agreements. As a small business owner myself, I understand the concerns faced every day by owners and operators of businesses. In the area of real estate I have litigated matters such as landlord/tenant disputes and property management issues. In my estate planning practice I focus mainly on the preparation...
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...
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
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
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)
Terrance James Evans
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(415) 957-3130 One Market Plaza, Spear Tower
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Estate Planning, Antitrust, Appeals and Tax
Loyola University School of Law
Terrance J. Evans is a partner in the Trial Practice Group of Duane Morris in San Francisco. He concentrates his practice in representing the financial services industry, which includes international, national and community banks; loan service companies; and insurance companies. During his career, Mr. Evans has both recovered and saved clients of the firm tens of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments and extrajudicial procedures. With respect to the insurance industry, Mr. Evans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and policy interpretation and analysis. He has represented commercial primary, excess and umbrella insurers in a wide range of multimillion-dollar cases,...
Jonathan Donald Matthews
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San Leandro, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 283-6320 13885 Doolittle Drive, #105
San Leandro, CA 94577
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Stanford Univ Law School
Bobby Lydon-Lam
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Pleasanton, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(888) 312-6978 323 Ray Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Estate Planning and Probate
Meredith Rawn Bushnell
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(415) 471-3135 Three Embarcadero Center
10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94011
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
UC Hastings COL
Byron G Sun
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 767-0630 140 Geary St Fl 4
San Francisco, CA 94108
Estate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Patrick Michael Donnici
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(415) 986-1338 353 Sacramento Street
Suite 1140
San Francisco, CA 94111
Estate Planning, Antitrust and Business
Northwestern University School of Law
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
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
Richard Melone Bryan
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 55 years experience
(415) 296-0800 425 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Kent O. Kirmaci
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(415) 956-0999 447 Sutter Street Suite 532
San Francisco, CA 94108
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Marc Branco
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 489-0529 28 2nd Street 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Domestic Violence and Probate
Golden Gate University
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
David Bujannoff Porter Jr
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(415) 956-2700 505 Montgomery Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Tax
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Matthew B. Talbot
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Walnut Creek, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(925) 322-1795 2033 N. Main St. Suite 750
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of San Francisco School of Law
Matthew focuses on elder law, estate planning, and related practice areas. He began his career in the field of trusts and estates, and expanded into elder and probate law. He quickly realized that he enjoyed the personal nature of working in estate and elder law, and chose to continue by opening his own firm. He is passionate about taking care of his clients, and treats each of them as if they were family. Matthew was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and has practiced law in Contra Costa Country since 2006. He earned his J.D. at...
Jeffrey Loew
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San Mateo, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(650) 487-8725 1650 Borel Place, Suite 123
San Mateo, CA 94402
Estate Planning and Probate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
As a litigation attorney, Mr. Loew’s primary areas of practice include trust and estate litigation (including will and trust contests), fiduciary litigation, and financial elder abuse actions.

Mr. Loew is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, a title held by less than half of one percent of practicing attorneys in California, and by only about three percent of estate planning attorneys.

In addition to the areas described above, Mr. Loew is the founding President of the San Mateo County Law Library Foundation, helping provide access to...
Mark Adrien Gullotta
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San Bruno, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(650) 382-4331 1001 Bayhill Drive, 2nd Floor
San Bruno, CA 94066
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
As the founder of The Law Office of Mark Gullotta, San Mateo County lawyer Mark Gullotta provides legal services in a wide variety of estate planning issues and matters of probate. He has been practicing as an attorney for more than 15 years. Prior to deciding to establish his firm, Attorney Gullotta worked at another firm and as a CPA. In 2012 and 2013, he was the chair of the Trust and Estates Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. His firm is happy to offer complimentary consultations—contact them today to get yours.
Daniel Timothy Quane
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Danville, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(925) 314-2320 571 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Estate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law and McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Daniel T. Quane manages the Doyle Quane Family Trusts and Estates practice. Dan is a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law. He has an advanced legal degree in Taxation (LL.M.) and he was named Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. He works with a diverse range of clients, from those of average means to wealthy families requiring complex advanced estate tax planning strategies. Dan has experience guiding families through the complex legal process required upon death in the most efficient manner possible, whether it’s through trust administration or the probate court process. He...
Konstantine A Demiris
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Walnut Creek, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(925) 378-2520 700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Probate
Santa Clara University
Konstantine "Kosta" Demiris is a partner at the law firm of Demiris & Moore, located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, in the center of Contra Costa County. His practice focuses on litigation involving elder abuse (financial and physical), will and trust litigation, conservatorships, guardianships, HOA's, and appeals. Kosta is actively involved in the Contra Costa County legal community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Elder Law Section. He serves as court-appointed counsel in Conservatorship cases in Contra Costa County. Kosta is dedicated to helping...
Daniel L DuRee
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(415) 373-8335 75 Broadway Street
Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Do you have questions about the estate planning process? Please call today for a free consultation.
Ronald C. Chauvel
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San Mateo, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(650) 573-9500 66 Bovet Road
Suite 280
San Mateo, CA 94402
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
UC Hastings COL
After practicing for a successful San Francisco financial district law firm for ten years, Ronald started his own practice in 1988. His primary practice areas include business representation, business formations, conversions, acquisitions, sales and mergers, real estate and transportation law, and estate planning. He specializes in representing small to medium sized entities in various industries, including real estate, transportation and logistics, and start-up technology and commercial enterprises. Estate planning services are provided for business owners and their families.
Zachary Roy Rayo
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Pleasanton, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(925) 825-1955 4417 Railroad Ave.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
University of Miami School of Law and University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Zachary Rayo brings experience, efficiency and empathy to estate planning. Mr. Rayo’s approach is people-centered. He recognizes that the legal needs and special issues differ from client to client, that each person is unique, with unique needs that must be met with efficiency, active listening and care. Mr. Rayo knows the importance of social responsibility which manifests not only in ethical decisions and practices but also in involvement in socially important causes.
Michael John Young
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Walnut Creek, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(925) 256-0298 1931 San Miguel Dr Ste 220
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Western State Univ
Michael J. Young is an Estate, Probate and Asset Protection Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA. Mr. Young helps his clients plan for not only "What Happens if You Die", but for "What Happens If You Don't Die And Become Ill and Need Care." He helps his clients in the design of their estate plans, to protect their assets for their senior care and to also provide a legacy for their loved ones.

Mr. Young, who has been in practice for over forty years, gives workshops every month in Walnut Creek on basic estate planning and advanced estate planning. The basic...
Dess Aldredge Benedetto
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Walnut Creek, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(925) 945-8200 1615 Bonanza Street, Ste. 209
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of San Diego School of Law
Ms. Benedetto has assisted hundreds of clients with the creation of their Wills, Living Trusts and other estate planning documents. She assists families with trust administration and probate procedures when loved ones pass away, and also prepares legal documents for conservatorships of elderly clients and limited conservatorships for developmentally disabled adults. In 2006, Ms. Benedetto created the Family Trust Law Center, later incorporated to Family TLC, Inc., to be a firm where families come for professional estate planning by licensed attorneys, at flat, reasonable fees. Amendment of documents and other hourly work is done as...
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...
Ivette Santaella
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San Ramon, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(888) 698-3951 111 Deerwood Road
Suite 200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Estate Planning, Elder, IP and Probate
American University
Ivette M. Santaella is a dedicated attorney with invaluable experience in the many areas of estate planning and technology law. For the past four years, she has focused her practice on estate planning and has advised numerous families-as well as businesses-on legacy and business succession planning. Ms. Santaella also assists her clients through the analysis of strategies to minimize tax liability, as well as trust management and creditor protection. She is certified and financially trained in life and long-term care insurance, and the various types of special needs issues, which are integral in estate planning. Ms. Santaella is expanding her...
Randi Sue Teichman
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San Francisco, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 749-5900 2135 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Stanford University
Jean Claude Bernard Mallein
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Danville, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(925) 905-9050 244 Front Street
Danville, CA 94526
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Jean Claude (JJ) B. Mallein Jr. is an experienced business, tax and trusts and estates attorney. Dedicated to wealth preservation, he has focused his education and practice on helping California residents secure their estates and prepare for the future. As a partner at boutique tax and estate planning firm in the Silicon Valley, Mr. Mallein gained valuable experience in wealth management, estate planning, tax planning, business succession planning, trust and estate administrations, tax controversy, real estate transactions and like-kind exchange cases. He is fully prepared to tackle complex business and estate planning cases. Mr. Mallein is a Dual Certified...
Patricia Ann Rowe
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Concord, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(925) 256-1000 1401 Franquette Ave.
Suite A-3
Concord, CA 94520
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law
I am also a Certified Public Accountant and have been doing tax work in the Bay Area for 30 years. I specialize in helping people and businesses pay as few taxes as possible without getting audited. In the estate planning area I help people preserve their property for their families and pay as few estate taxes as possible. I also am the Probate Doctor who can help fix impossible situations when estates are stuck in the quagmire of California Probate.
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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.