Palo Alto, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Patty Setser Esq.
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California Estate Planning Attorney

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia
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Daniel L DuRee
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California Estate Planning Attorney

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Liza Weiman Hanks
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience

Stanford Law SchoolCalifornia
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Laurie E. Yoon
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Attentive, professional representation in all types of estate planning matters.

I'm an experienced San Jose 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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Janet Lee Brewer
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(650) 325-8276 2501 Park Boulevard - Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning, Elder, International and Tax
Golden Gate University and University of Denver Law School
Janet is certified as a specialist in Probate, Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar. She has practiced exclusively in this area since 1990.
Kendra Bowen
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Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(650) 521-6910 20 South Santa Cruz, Ste. 300
Los Gatos, 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...
Michael D. Larsen
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
2nd Floor
530 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Estate Planning, Elder, International and Tax
University of Chicago
I have always been interested in European history and languages. I lived in France for four years before returning to the Bay Area to set up my law practice. I often work with people in the Bay Area who have family or assets in France.
Michael Jeffrey Repka
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(650) 488-7325 2501 Park Blvd (Ste 204)
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning and Real Estate
New York University School of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Pace Law School
Mr. Repka earned a BBA in finance from Pace University in 1993, a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1999 and an LLM in Taxation from New York University in 2001. Shortly after obtaining his first law degree, Mr. Repka joined a New Jersey-based law firm that specialized in Estate Planning, Real Estate and Franchise law. Through this experience, Michael learned the importance of proper tax structuring in a multitude of legal services. Consequently, Mr. Repka decided to pursue a Masters of Laws degree in Taxation. Since graduating from NYU School of Law in 2001, Mr. Repka...
Mr. Michael Zosky
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(650) 813-9700 1717 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Estate Planning
Santa Clara University
Michael Zosky practices in the firm’s Estate, Trust and Wealth Strategies group. Mr. Zosky’s practice focuses on the areas of domestic and international estate planning, trust and estate administration, estate and gift tax planning and compliance, and formation and structuring of sophisticated wealth strategies. Prior to joining the Royse Law Firm, Mr. Zosky was an associate with a boutique trusts and estates law practice in Palo Alto, where he assisted clients with the formation of trusts, family business entities, and other wealth management structures; he also represented trustees and executors in the administration of trusts and probate estates. Mr. Zosky is a...
Heather Ledgerwood
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(650) 321-8722 228 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 325
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Estate Planning, Education and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Derek W Chantler
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East Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(650) 248-5007 PO Box 50430
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Golden Gate University School of Law
Brian Blakely Beckwith
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
723 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Estate Planning, Appeals, Family and Insurance Claims
Robert Noel Grant
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(650) 614-3800 525 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Estate Planning and Tax
Stanford Law School
Ellen Sarah Cookman
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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(650) 690-2571 350 Cambridge Ave., Suite 330
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning
Benjamin J. Sowards Esq.
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Free Consultation! Experienced Estate Planning & Wealth Transfer Attorney!

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Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(650) 843-5184 3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Estate Planning and Business
New York University School of Law and University of Michigan Law School
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(650) 327-1645 2479 E Bayshore Rd
Ste 180
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(650) 804-7606 200 Page Mill Rd Ste 200
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(650) 326-2282 350 Cambridge Avenue
Suite 330
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning and Elder
Stanford Univ Law School
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(650) 804-7602 200 Page Mill Rd Ste 200
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning
University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(650) 804-7600 200 Page Mill Rd Ste 200
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning
Santa Clara University School of Law
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 50 years experience
(650) 843-2710 1958 Ivy Ln
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Estate Planning and Tax
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(650) 233-4020 2550 Hanover St
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Estate Planning and Tax
New York University School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
PO Box 1646
Palo Alto, CA 94302
Estate Planning, Employment and Tax
Stanford University Law School
Palo Alto, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(650) 397-9300 260 Sheridan Ave Ste 208
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning, Consumer, Elder and Tax
Golden Gate Law School and University of California Hastings College of the Law
Daniel L DuRee
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Mountain View, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(650) 933-7122 800 West El Camino Real
Suite 180
Mountain View, CA 94040
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
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John C.  Martin
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Menlo Park, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(650) 329-9500 1145 Merrill St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Boston College Law School
Attorney John Martin advises individuals, families, and businesses in the areas of legacy planning, wealth preservation, estate & business succession planning, and estate administration. Our law firm focuses exclusively on legacy planning, wealth preservation, estate and business succession planning, and estate administration. Our trust and estate planning services enable clients to protect their spouse's or child's s inheritance from creditors and predators, maximize control over their assets during their lifetime, benefit charities, and effectively transition their business to the next generation. Through an ongoing client maintenance program, we provide peace of mind that a client's goals will not...
Marisa Catherine Nelson
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Menlo Park, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(650) 485-3437 873 Santa Cruz Avenue, Suite 202
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
University of San Francisco School of Law
My goal is to make it more convenient, comfortable, personal, and straightforward to work with a lawyer. I work with busy professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and parents who want protection, peace of mind, and convenience, including local, out-of-state, and international clients with California legal needs. I leverage modern technology to make legal services easier to obtain, more comfortable, and less time-consuming, without sacrificing quality. At the same time, I take an old-fashioned approach to legal counsel. I want to be your trusted legal advisor, and that means earning your trust. Hiring a lawyer doesn’t have to be intimidating...
Liza Weiman Hanks
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Mountain View, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(650) 428-3900 2570 W El Camino Real
#400
Mountain View, CA 94040
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Stanford Law School
Analisa Pratt
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Menlo Park, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
750 Menlo Avenue, Suite 200
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University
Analisa Pratt is the Founder of Pratt Law, which specializes in estate and trust planning and estate administration. Analisa has been practicing law for over 10 years and is licensed in California and Arizona. Before launching Pratt Law, Analisa practiced law with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates. She also served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and as a legal research attorney with the Superior Court of California. Analisa has received a number of awards for her pro bono contributions...
Clifford Ross Chernick
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Menlo Park, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(650) 327-5570 770 Menlo Avenue
Suite 101
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
UC Hastings COL
The Best Lawyers in America 2003-present; Best Lawyers 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for San Jose metropolitan area; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys “2016 Nationally Top 10 Attorney Award” for State of California; Best Law Firms – U.S. News and World Report 2014-present; Northern California Super Lawyers 2003-present; Daily News, Readers’ Choice Award “Best Lawyers Office” 2016; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Strathmore’s Who’s Who; National Registry of Who’s Who (life member); Author “Family Law ADR and Other Techniques” (Aspatore, “Inside the Minds – California Family Law Strategies,” 2009); Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Menlo College, 1995-2009,...
Nicholas Paul Jellins
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Menlo Park, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(650) 329-1300 841 Menlo Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant, Probate and Real Estate
Univ of Virginia School of Law
Christl Denecke
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Mountain View, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(650) 336-5185 1743 Pilgrim Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040
Estate Planning
Matthew G. Grech
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 214-0385 111 North Market St.
Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95113
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...
Nina C Decker Esq.
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Santa Clara, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(408) 919-0088 2930 Bowers Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Nina Decker is a licensed attorney in California. She obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University in 2012. While in law school, Nina was the Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Journal of International Law, and received Witkin and CALI awards for academic achievement. She also interned for Chief Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the US District Court for the Northern District of California. A native of Boise, Idaho, Nina also has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Boise State University. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Nina worked as a Graduate Fellow with the Northern California Innocence Project,...
Barbara M. Loebner
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Los Altos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(650) 468-3220 2053 Grant Rd., #260
Los Altos, CA 94024
Estate Planning
Santa Clara University School of Law
Helen Brennan Baumann
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Redwood City, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(650) 381-0200 495 Seaport Ct
Redwood City, CA 94063
Estate Planning
Stanford University
Bobby Lydon-Lam
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Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
1250 Oakmead Parkway, Suite 210
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Estate Planning and Probate
Nancy Lu Sequoia
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Woodside, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 498-5183 2995 Woodside Rd, Ste. 200
PO Box 620146
Woodside, CA 94062
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Brooklyn Law School
Our mission in the practice of law is to advance justice and provide legal help to our clients with dedication, integrity and excellence. Dedication We represent our clients with zealousness and diligence. We commit our time and energy to providing our clients with excellent legal services. As a customer-service oriented firm, we give our clients personalized and individual attention. Integrity We uphold high ethical standards in representing and serving our clients. Given our dedication and skills, we believe that we can provide outstanding legal services in a legal and ethical manner. Excellence With high professional standards, legal acumen, hard work and strive for perfection, we...
Thomas E. Rossmeissl
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(408) 883-3520 16450 Los Gatos Boulevard
Suite 108
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
Estate Planning and Probate
Georgetown University Law Center
I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization. My focus is on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and trust and estate litigation. I help individuals and families who face serious legal situations, and I help bring them solutions and peace of mind. My goal is to help clients gain the peace of mind that comes with taking care of their families, to help clients navigate through the challenges of trust and estate administration, and to zealously represent clients in litigation to seek the...
Jeffrey K Nielsen
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(408) 294-9700 84 West Santa Clara St. #540
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
Western State University College of Law
With over 5 years of experience, I understand the challenges facing families when they begin to contemplate their future. I know that you want to make sure that you are leaving your loved ones in a good place, and I want to help you develop a comprehensive estate plan that allows you to achieve your specific objectives.

I offer customized Estate Plans tailored to each client's needs. I have dealt with estates of all different sizes. Even if you feel that it is unnecessary for you to create an estate plan, you may have more assets than you realize. Certainly,...
Michael Edward Lonich
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family and Probate
Pepperdine University School of Law
Michael E. Lonich is the managing partner of Lonich & Patton and has nearly 30 years of experience representing a wide range of businesses and individuals. His practice concentrates on Estate Planning, Business Law and divorce mediation. Mike draws upon his expertise and the firm's resources to partner with individuals and families to develop comprehensive estate plans and successfully represent clients in trust administration and probate litigation. From the creation of a simple will to a complex trust, family limited liability partnership or business succession plan, maximizing financial benefits as well as ensuring the peace of mind that an estate...
Javed Inam Ellahie
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SAN JOSE, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(408) 294-0404 12 South First Street, Suite 600
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Javed Ellahie's practice focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate law and bankruptcy. He carries a Martindale-Hubbell “AV-rating”, the highest rating of legal knowledge and ethics.
He is a certified bankruptcy law specialist (certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization) and has frequently lectured at seminars for bankruptcy law specialists. Mr. Ellahie has also served as a Trustee to the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the West-Valley Mission Community College District.

Mr. Ellahie’s estate planning experience includes setting up estate plans such as simple and complex trusts, drafting irrevocable trusts, family limited partnership, charitable trusts...
James Edward Berge
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(408) 985-9918 1101 S Winchester Blvd Ste I-208
San Jose, CA 95128
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Golden Gate University School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
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.
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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.