Redwood Estates, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Daniel L DuRee
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California Estate Planning Attorney

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Benjamin J. Sowards Esq.
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California Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience

Mr. Sowards is an estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. He sets ups estate plans, including living trusts, to help to avoid probate, minimize taxes and limit conflict. He also helps to settle out... Read More »
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Kendra Bowen
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Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 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...
Kathleen Lawler Bodmer
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Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(831) 462-3220 20 South Santa Cruz Avenue
Suite 300
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
Boston Univ School of Law
Kathleen has been practicing law since 1994, concentrating in the areas of estate planning, trust administration and business transaction law. Kathleen's estate planning client base ranges from young couples just starting out to those clients with multi-million dollar estates in need of tax, gift, and charitable planning, as well as a basic estate plan. Additionally, Kathleen enjoys working with clients in the later stages of life to address those matters that can make the transitions that are inevitable proceed more smoothly, and as the client best intends. Kathleen's business practice focuses on smaller businesses in need of...
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 27 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...
Benjamin J. Sowards Esq.
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(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
#200
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationCampbell, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of California, Davis, School of Law

Mr. Sowards is an estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. He sets ups estate plans, including living trusts, to help to avoid probate, minimize taxes and limit conflict. He also helps to settle out and administer trust and probate estates. He represents trustees to help them comply with the terms of the trust agreement and the California Probate Code. He minimizes conflict and lawsuits between trustees and beneficiaries or legal heirs. He also represents small and family owned businesses. He has saved his clients millions of dollars in probate fees and has successfully resolved several family conflicts that likely would...
Daniel J. Leahy
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
#200
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of California - Berkeley
Robert Paul Bergman
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(408) 247-0444 1777 Saratoga Avenue
Suite 208
San Jose, CA 95129
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Santa Clara University School of Law
Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law, focusing on estate planning for families with children.
Roy Wayne Litherland
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(408) 356-9200 3425 S Bascom Avenue, Suite 240
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Indiana Univ Indianapolis School of Law
Roy Litherland has been providing legal services in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties continuously since 1975.

In law school, Roy was a recipient of the Dean Faust Award and received awards and honors in income taxation and estate taxation.

Roy is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. In addition to his extensive legal background, he was previously licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Roy is a member of the California State Bar Association, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys....
Pascal Anthony Anastasi Esq.
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(408) 292-2606 267 E. Campbell Avenue, Suite 200
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
A Business Lawyer with Experience in Business. The Anastasi Law Firm is managed by Pascal Anastasi. He is a graduate of UOP, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He was privileged to have been taught Constitutional Law by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the United States of America. His comfortable style, developed skills and dedication to small business owners was built upon his association with entrepreneurs and his undergraduate work at, CSU, Chico, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Business, and Minor from...
Carol Elias Zolla
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Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(408) 358-6900 16450 Los Gatos Blvd.
Suite 208
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Estate Planning
UCLA School of Law
Carol is an attorney who practices only in the field of estate planning and administration. Since 2002, she has been certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Carol graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. She serves on the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Silicon Valley...
Scott Kanter
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Saratoga, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(408) 861-6500 12901 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
Loyola Law School
Scott Kanter is the lead estate planning and estate and trust litigation attorney within the Hinshaw Estate Planning practice group. He was admitted to practice law in California in 1998 and he has tried in excess of twenty jury trials and over thirty court trials. Over the course of his career, his legal practice has encompassed a broad spectrum of experience including estate planning and estate and trust litigation matters. He walks his clients through the estate planning process to ensure that all of their important estate planning goals and...
Liza Weiman Hanks
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience

Stanford Law SchoolCalifornia
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Thomas Wayne Davies
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Saratoga, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(408) 867-9900 14625 Big Basin Way
P.O. Box 2039
Saratoga, CA 95070
Estate Planning
Stanford Univ Law School
Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Rated AV Preeminent for over 30 years (1986-current) - Professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers

Rebekah Joy Turney
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Los Gatos, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(408) 395-6021 266 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate University
We provide dedicated representation designed to produce results. Our primary focus is real estate, construction, landlord tenant and business law.
Minda Parrish
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Saratoga, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(408) 741-3500 14500 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Estate Planning and Elder
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Shahram Miri
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(408) 866-8382 80 Gilman Ave Ste. 27
Campbell, CA 95008
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Randy Schmidt
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Attorney
(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
#200
Campbell, CA 95008
Estate Planning, Business and Employment
Brian Kipling Myers
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Scotts Valley, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(831) 438-2318 5321 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 205
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
U of San Francisco School of Law
John Erik Fraker
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Saratoga, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(800) 775-7612 14500 Big Basin Way
Suite K
Saratoga, CA 95070
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
John Erik Fraker is the chair of the Charitable Planning & Philanthropy Practice Group for Ainer & Fraker, LLP. Specializing in high net-worth estate planning, philanthropy, and asset protection, John excels at providing sophisticated financial solutions and advanced charitable techniques that help individuals reduce taxes, provide a lasting legacy, and strengthen the familyâs core identity. Prior to co-founding Ainer & Fraker, LLP in 2002, John handled the investment and insurance needs of high net worth families as a fee-only financial planner in the affluent Brentwood Santa Monica area of Los Angeles. Additionally, he worked as Business Development Officer for the...
Judith N Douglass
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Saratoga, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(408) 395-4800 14414 Oak Street
Saratoga, CA 95070
Estate Planning
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Marleen R. Brady Kuttner
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(408) 371-0854 1901 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 1240
Campbell, CA 95008
Estate Planning
Michael Edward Lonich
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 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...
Jeffrey K Nielsen
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 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,...
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
Do you have questions about the estate planning process? Please call today for a free consultation.
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(408) 286-9800 70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Jennifer Mispagel focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate. Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate and her Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 2008. After completing her first year at Santa Clara University School of Law, Jennifer spent a summer in Tokyo studying the Japanese legal system and interning for a local law firm. When she returned to school, she enrolled in Santa Clara’s MBA program to complement her legal education. Jennifer received both the Witkin and CALI Awards in Community Property as well as the American Bankruptcy...
Stephen Searle Rudd
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Cupertino, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 46 years experience
(408) 252-5211 10455 Torre Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Stanford University
Steve Rudd is a Stanford Law School J.D. with over thirty years experience handling estate planning (trusts, wills, powers of attorney) and estate administration (trust administration, trust modification, spousal property petition and probate proceeding) for Silicon Valley clients. Steve Rudd offers quality legal services at affordable prices.
Javed Inam Ellahie
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SAN JOSE, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 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...
Richard Alan Wingerden
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(408) 564-5870 777 N 1st
Suite 333
San Jose, CA 95112
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Lincoln Law Sch of San Jose
Richard Wingerden will handle every client's matter personally, professionally, and with a great degree of dedication. All of his clients receive the attention they need whether accused of criminal wrong doing, need peace of mind in drafting of a will and trust, or need business advice or drafting of a contract. With many years as a practicing litigation attorney, Mr. Wingerden has exceptional skill in client advocacy, negotiating, investigating, analyzing, critically reviewing, and resolving minor criminal offense to complex and serious felonies. Mr. Wingerden has an expert understanding of the criminal justice system and proven ability to understand all...
Matthew G. Grech
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 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...
James Edward Berge
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 32 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
Lawrence M Kelly
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Santa Clara, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(408) 736-3535 275 Saratoga Avenue, #102
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Estate Planning and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Lawrence (Larry) Kelly has been providing professional and courteous Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law services for clients in the South Bay Area and beyond for 25+ years.
Valary Anne Miller
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(408) 800-5791 777 N 1st St
Suite 325
San Jose, CA 95112
Estate Planning, Business and Consumer
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Solution oriented attorney who specializes in Business, Estate Planning, and Consumer Finance Law, offering a proven background of advising large and small businesses. My goals in working with clients is to drive business operations, team building, company governance, and regulatory compliance for small companies, and individuals. Experience in same at: Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Credit.com, A&W Properties, WAP Forum, and eCycle, Inc, and General Electric. Actively collaborates with public- / private-sector officials, senior-level executives, leadership peers, stakeholders, and / or clients to analyze needs while identifying challenges and resolving legal / business issues...
Liza Weiman Hanks
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Mountain View, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(650) 428-3900 2570 W El Camino Real
#400
Mountain View, CA 94040
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Stanford Law School
John Matthew Wunderling
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Gonzaga University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
John joined Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling in 1999 in the tax, trust, and estate division. He completed his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and earned his LL.M in Taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He primarily handles cases in the areas of income, estate, gift taxation, wealth transfer, post-death trust administration, and probate. He is well-versed in many state and federal tax matters and implications regarding estate planning tools and business structures. John frequently presents in legal seminars regarding tax law.
Clarence Joseph Ferrari Jr
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 58 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Stanford University
Clarence J. Ferrari is a founding partner of Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling. He primarily handles cases involving business and tax planning, with an emphasis on business planning and wealth transfer for families, individuals, and closely-held companies. He has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in business transfers, generation-skipping transfers, creating sophisticated estate plans, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, and more. Mr. Ferrari also understands the state and federal tax implications regarding estate plans and business transactions. He is a certified specialist in taxation.
Nina C Decker Esq.
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Santa Clara, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 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 33 years experience
(650) 468-3220 2053 Grant Rd., #260
Los Altos, CA 94024
Estate Planning
Santa Clara University School of Law
Richard E Damon
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Aptos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
9053 Soquel Drive
Suite 203
Aptos, CA 95003
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Products Liability
Stanford University and College of William and Mary
I have been practicing law full time since 1977, and I have maintained a solo practice in Santa Cruz County since 1980. I have a general practice, with emphasis on personal injury cases, aviation accidents, and most other types of accidents. I also help individuals prepare estate plans, and eventually represent the heirs in probate proceedings. If you don't know how to describe your case, please call me, and I will let you know whether I can assist you, or else point you in the right direction.
Nicholas L. Holder
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Aptos, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(831) 688-0163 9053 Soquel Dr Ste 206
Aptos, CA 95003
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Lincoln Law School of San Jose
Stanley Phong Phan
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(408) 232-4900 2092 Concourse Drive, Ste 49
San Jose, CA 95131
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Lincoln Law Sch of San Jose
Dixon Ray Howell
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 50 years experience
(408) 979-7800 1800 Hamilton Ave, Suite 240
San Jose, CA 95125
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Very experienced and highly ("AV") rated business lawyer. Offer the experience of a large firm and the responsiveness of a start up.
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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.

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