Petaluma, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Chad Owen Dorr
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California Estate Planning Attorney

Chad practices Business Law and Estate Planning. In his business practice, he represents sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCs and corporations (for-profit and nonprofit) across a broad spectrum of industries. He takes... Read More »
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Jonathan Purcell
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PETALUMA, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(707) 694-7213 40 FOURTH ST. STE. 211
PETALUMA, CA 94952
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Andrew Louis Kern
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Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(707) 658-4602 755 Baywood Dr 2nd Fl
Petaluma, CA 94954
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Workers' Comp
Baylor Univ School of Law
Attorney since 1987, passed the bar in 4 states, graduated from a law school certified by the American Bar Association, broad range of legal experience. Specializing in bankruptcy, tax, estates and trusts, and workers compensation.
Barbara Laurie Stagg
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Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(707) 774-6640 205 Keller Street
Suite 203
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
U.C. Davis
Max Mickelsen
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Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 49 years experience
(707) 762-0224 100 4th St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning, Agricultural and Business
University of California, Davis, School of Law
Mr. Wesley Howard Garcia
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Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(707) 658-4547 755 Baywood Dr. 2nd Fl
Petaluma, CA 94954
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Probate
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(707) 765-6926 17 Keller St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(707) 762-7100 132 Sunny Hill Dr
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
Notre Dame Law School
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(707) 762-9699 36 5th St Ste A
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(707) 772-5496 1390 N McDowell Blvd Ste G
Petaluma, CA 94954
Estate Planning
Lewis & Clark Coll Northwestern School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(707) 778-6313 17 Keller St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning and Business
U of San Francisco School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(707) 486-1222 909 Mustang Ct
Petaluma, CA 94954
Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(707) 762-3914 11 5th St
Ste 101A
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning and Business
U of San Francisco School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(707) 763-1911 36 Fifth St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning and Business
Western State Univ
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(707) 782-1790 809 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
508 H St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
Empire Coll School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(707) 763-0937 2375 Magnolia Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(707) 762-6631 11 5th St Ste 101A
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(707) 769-9975 19 Keller St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 918-4561 120 4th St # 687
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Petaluma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(707) 775-3090 19 4th St Ste 203
Petaluma, CA 94952
Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
Barry L. Adams
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(707) 542-6644 532 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 104
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of the Pacific
I am an experienced trusts and estates attorney. I advise clients regarding estate planning, estate/trust administration and litigation. I can help you with setting up your estate plan, resolving a family dispute regarding a trust or estate and with administration issues after a loved one passes away. Listen to my podcasts to find out more information about these issues.
Lorilee DeSantis
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(707) 542-2889 3333 Mendocino Ave
Suite 202
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law
Lorilee DeSantis is an attorney whose passion for helping families protect their loved ones and their assets shines through to all who work with her. Lorilee’s clients often comment that her ability to deeply listen and understand their concerns makes it very easy for them to talk to her about difficult subjects. Her clients also appreciate that Lorilee explains complex legal concepts in ways that are easy to digest so that clients fully understand their legal options. Lorilee’s dedication to helping people with family-oriented legal issues stems from personal experiences. When Lorilee was growing up, she saw...
Julie S Levy
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(707) 523-1515 100 Stony Point Road
Suite 265
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
Empire College School of Law
Julie S. Levy and Zachary A. Carroll have practiced law since 2008 in solo practices. In 2009, they began sharing an office and collaborating on certain cases. This duo has turned their collaboration into Levy Carroll Law and as strong litigators, they provide a strong and determined focus for fair outcomes in their client's cases. Choose Levy Carroll Law for their strong, honest, caring representation for bankruptcy, divorce, custody, guardianship, or personal injury. Look no further as you have found a team that has your best interests at heart
Wayne Kenneth David McIntosh
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(415) 454-2361 4040 Civic Center Drive
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
San Rafael, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Probate
Foreign Law School
Business and International Experience
Wayne started in Auckland New Zealand, graduating after completing a challenging combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws in just 4 years, achieving top marks at his law school at Auckland University made up of 11,000 students where he was elected Student President in a landslide victory in his last year. Then recruited by a leading Merchant Bank, MARAC Corporation, Wayne moved to Citibank before becoming the founding Company Secretary for New Zealand's first publicly listed Investment Bank, founding Company Secretary for NZ’s first publicly listed Venture Capital company and a Director of a...
David J. Collier
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(707) 636-4806 111 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 222
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
David wants to help his clients solve their legal issues in the areas of real estate, wills, trusts, and probate through application of his title insurance, escrow, trust accounting, and mathematics background. David was born and raised in Yreka, a rural town near Oregon. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Mathematics and History and from UC Santa Barbara with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. After teaching math for a few years, David returned to his hometown to take over his family’s title insurance and escrow business, which David owned and managed for 18 years. ...
Dr Robert Bialkin
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(707) 824-5297 703 2nd St #409
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Business
Attorney Robert Bialkin - Bankruptcy Divorce Criminal Wills Family Law Lawyer. Sliding Scale. Payment Plans. Free Consultations. robert@bialkin.com www.bialkin.com (707) 824-5297
Eric S. Gullotta
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Sonoma, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(707) 938-7234 232 West Napa Street
Suite A
Sonoma, CA 95476
Estate Planning and Probate
Empire College School of Law
At Gullotta Law Group, Attorney Gullotta assists clients through their probate and estate planning matters. Mr. Gullotta is a native to Sonoma County, and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. He then went on to get his Master’s degree in Taxation, and then his law degree from Empire College. With this background, Attorney Gullotta has the ability to pick up on tax issues that other estate planning lawyers do not. The firm is a supporter of Prestwood School PTO, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Little League, and an organization called Becoming Independent, where Attorney Gullotta sits on...
Kenneth S. Jacobs
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Sebastopol, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(707) 829-7303 117 N Main St
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Univ of Washington School of Law
> Are you looking for an attorney who provides State Bar of California Certified Specialist expertise in a small town atmosphere and for a fair & reasonable price? > Are you looking for a lawyer who, whenever possible, answers his own phone (and if not, will return your call within an hour or two)? > Are you looking for a Living Trust attorney who gladly offers a free initial consultation with no further obligation? Sebastopol Attorney Ken Jacobs is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. For over 16 years he has provided...
James Zakasky
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(707) 595-1148 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Empire College of Law
My job begins when the crisis hits. As your Attorney, I make sure that your family does not self-destruct at the passing or disability of a loved one. My family is my whole world and everything revolves around them and I want to ensure that if anything were to happen to me that their financial and emotional needs would be taken care of. I believe that most people think that way. For that reason I decided to dedicate my career to helping families not only plan their future but actually having a resource to be there when the situation...
Kristen Frizzell Kerns
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(707) 578-7000 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Roger Jon Illsley
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(707) 525-8800 438 First street, 4th floor
4th floor
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
USC Law School
Mr. Illsley practices in the areas of real estate, business transactions and estate planning. He handles wills and trusts, probate, small business formation (corporations and limited liability companies) and a broad range of business and real estate transactions.

Mr. Illsley has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1980. He was previously a partner in the firm of James, Bernheim, Hicks, Aiona, Illsley & Gordon.

Since 1985, he has been on the faculty of Empire College School of Law, teaching classes in Commercial Law and Contracts.

Mr. Illsley received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (History) with honors from University of California, Davis in 1977...
Reginald Regan Hindley
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(707) 575-3700 718 Orchard St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Foreclosure Defense, Probate and Real Estate
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Reginald Hindley is an attorney at law in Northern California with the Law Office of Hindley & Henderson in Santa Rosa and San Francisco. He has been practicing law in the general Bay Area for over 28 years. Reginald was born in San Jose, California and is from a family of eight children raised in San Jose and Santa Rosa, California.

Reginald received his bachelor degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986 where he studied history, business management, accounting, and economics. He graduated in 1990 from Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu, near Los...
Chad Owen Dorr
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII GoldResponsive Law
Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(707) 525-8800 438 First Street
4th floor
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Chad practices Business Law and Estate Planning. In his business practice, he represents sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCs and corporations (for-profit and nonprofit) across a broad spectrum of industries. He takes particular pride in assisting families with their estate planning needs to execute their wishes for the next generation.

Prior to joining the Perry, Johnson, anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP, Chad was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day, where he was a part of the firm's international trade and national security practice. In that role, he advised U.S. and foreign corporations on a...
Robin M. Estes
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(707) 575-5396 Fountaingrove Corporate Centre
3510 Unocal Place, Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Roy Johnston
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(707) 545-6542 1400 N Dutton Ave., Suite 21
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Empire School of Law and University of Wyoming
Una Catherine Ravaglia
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(707) 495-8756 900 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
UC Hastings COL
Peter Jay Bassing
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San Rafael, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(415) 258-9987 4300 Redwood Hwy
San Rafael, CA 94903
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
John LemMon
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Glen Ellen, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(707) 996-6401 13750 Arnold Drive
PO Box 826
Glen Ellen, CA 95442-0826
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Stephen Raymond Olsen
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Santa Rosa, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(707) 578-6033 2300 Bethards Dr
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and International
Empire Coll School of Law
Louis Anthony Napoli
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San Rafael, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 453-5000 810 E Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
New York Law School
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Petaluma Estate Planning Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation
(707) 546-2924
Santa Rosa, CA


North Bay Legal Aid
(415) 492-0230
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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.