Santa Clara County Estate Planning Lawyers

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Benjamin J. Sowards Esq.
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Free Consultation! Experienced Estate Planning & Wealth Transfer Attorney!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. I am dedicated to providing creative solutions in a cost-effective manner! Visit my website for client reviews. Call for a free consultation! Read More »
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Daniel L DuRee
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney

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Liza Weiman Hanks
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience

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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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Thomas E. Rossmeissl
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(408) 883-3520 16450 Los Gatos Boulevard
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Los Gatos, CA 95032
Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 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...
Daniel L DuRee
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Santa Clara County, 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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Jeffrey K Nielsen
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 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,...
Mr. James Michael O'Neil III
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 992-3123 3505 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Estate Planning and Probate
University of San Francisco School of Law
As the principal of the Law Offices of James O'Neil, James O’Neil has narrowed his primary focus to estate planning and estate administration. After graduating cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, he served as an intern for the Honorable A. James Roberston II in the San Francisco Superior Court. After working in law firms from 2009 through 2019, James launched the Law Offices of James O'Neil. His mission is to guide his clients through the complex estate planning and trust and estate administration. He has helped hundreds of clients plan for their futures and manage...
Richard Wingerden
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(408) 564-5870 777 N 1st
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San Jose, CA 95112
Free ConsultationSanta Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Criminal
Lincoln Law School 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...
Stephen Searle Rudd
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 48 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.
Michael Edward Lonich
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 38 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...
James Cai
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(408) 436-0789 1754 Technology Dr
#122
San Jose, CA 95110
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, IP and Immigration
Temple University Beasley School of Law
James Cai founded SAC Attorneys, LLP after serving as in-house legal counsel for Yahoo! Inc. His practice focuses on corporate law, immigration, employment and estate planning. Mr. Cai believes in relationship lawyering and has a client-driven practice. He practices law the old fashioned way - giving each client this full attention with prompt responses, thorough research and analysis, aggressive representation and careful attention to details, in both transactional and litigation matters. As a result, most of his clients are repeat and long term clients, including individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations and public companies. Before founding SAC Attorneys, LLP,...
James Edward Berge
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 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
Robert Paul Bergman
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 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.
Patty Setser Esq.
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney

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Lawrence M Kelly
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 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.
Benjamin J. Sowards Esq.
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(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
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Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSanta Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 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...
Matthew G. Grech
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(408) 214-0385 111 North Market St.
Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEstate 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...
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 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...
Camelia Mahmoudi
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(408) 658-8580 2021 The Alameda, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126
Offers Video ChatEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Santa Clara University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law from the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Legal services in the areas of (1) Trust & Estate, including Wills, Living Trusts, Probate, Trust Administration, and Conservatorships. (2) Taxation, including Compromise of Tax Liabilities, Tax Payment Agreements and Workouts, Defense Against IRS Collection, Audit and Appeals, and Abatement of Tax Penalties (3) Family Law, including Prenuptial Agreements, Divorce, Custody, Division of Assets, and Guardianships.
John David Teter
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(408) 866-1810 1361 S Winchester
Suite 113
San Jose, CA 95128
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
As a lawyer for over 30 years, on a daily basis, John Teter has assisted thousands of clients in achieving their business and personal goals. He draws on this wealth of real-world experience, coupled with interaction with colleagues and a lifetime commitment to continuing education, to provide his clients the best legal representation possible. It is a great source of personal pleasure to apply these tools to assist others. Mr. Teter considers each case to be a personal challenge to achieve what is best for each of his clients.

As an experienced taxation law attorney, he has the knowledge and resources...
Janet Lee Brewer
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 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.
Javed Inam Ellahie
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 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...
Ranvir S Sandhu
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(510) 516-2889 1172 Murphy Ave Suite 231
San Jose, CA 95131
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
Lincoln University
Attorney Ranvir is a dynamic, focused and hard-working lawyer who values transparency and integrity.

Estate Planning:

Ranvir helps create professional estate plans that will satisfy individual and family members’ personal, financial, and tax goals. This includes the preparation of customized wills, trusts, powers of attorney, deed transfers and advanced health care directives.

Corporate Law:

Ranvir advises individuals, joint partnerships, startups and emerging companies in tech and non-tech, including cannabis on corporate formation, M&A, financing, SAFEs and IPOs, general corporate counseling, as well as on non-corporate matters such as employment, licensing, securities compliance and general corporate counseling.

Prior Experience:

Prior to founding Insight Legal, P.C.,...
Somita Basu
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(408) 850-7250 5201 Great America Pkwy #320
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Concord Law School at Purdue Global
Somita Basu is a Founding Principal of Norton Basu LLP. Ms. Basu began her career in financial services and insurance and has lived and worked across the globe, working with blue chip Fortune 500 companies. Her career has taken her from the New York City metropolitan area to India and Singapore, where she gained a unique perspective on global business practices and cultures. She has worked in senior management positions with a culturally diverse workforce.

Having lived abroad for 13 years, Ms. Basu is particularly sensitive to how different cultural views can influence decision-making and risk appetite....
Daniel J. Leahy Esq.
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
#200
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of California - Berkeley
Michael D. Larsen
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 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.
Deborah L Azar
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(855) 332-2927 2005 De La Cruz Blvd Ste 145
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Estate Planning and Probate
Deborah Azar is an estate planning attorney serving the Bay Area. Whether you need a trust, a will or guardianship to protect your family and your assets, Deborah Azar has the expertise and experience to help you and guide you through the process.

The law Offices of Deborah Azar, P.C. focuses on helping people like you navigate estate planning, trust administration and probate.

Deborah Azar habla español y puede explicarle el porceso para hacer su plan en español .

Make an appointment at http://trustsandllc.com/make-an-appointment/
Merrisa L. Coleman-Bishop
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(408) 217-8506 1035 Minnesota Ave
#H
San Jose, CA 95125
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Kathleen Lawler Bodmer
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 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...
Valary Anne Miller
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 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...
David W. Tate Esq.
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(408) 371-6000 2542 S Bascom Ave
#200
Campbell, CA 95008
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
U of San Francisco School of Law
Timothy D. Henry
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(408) 643-0942 1871 The Alameda
Suite 333
San Jose, CA 95126
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
If you are in need of an estate planning lawyer in San Jose, you can have confidence in the help you can secure from Attorney Timothy D. Henry. His reputation speaks for itself, and you can rest assured in the help you can procure when you come to the Law Offices of Timothy D. Henry. This law firm exists to support individuals just like you, and you can have confidence that your case can receive the care and attention it requires when you come here. Attorney Henry attended Idaho State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He...
John Matthew Wunderling
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 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.
Nina C Decker Esq.
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 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,...
Roy Wayne Litherland
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 44 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....
Lisa Intrieri Caputo
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Santa Clara University
Lisa joined Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling in 1994 and became a Partner in 1999. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University. Lisa devotes much of her time to cases involving wealth transfer planning, business succession, tax planning, tax litigation, charitable planning, and a variety of other trust and probate matters. She has published a variety of legal treatises and presented her work before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Treasure Dept. Lisa frequently speaks and educates the public regarding estate and tax planning issues. She consistently ranks as one of the top lawyers in her field.
Sally Roselle Cooperrider
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
142 George St
San Jose, CA 95110
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Elder
Santa Clara University and San Jose State University
I practice family law, with an emphasis on collaborative divorces and mediation. I also prepare QDROs (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders) for the division of pensions in a divorce. In addition I practice estate plannning, including preparing revocable living trusts, special needs trusts, and wills. My practice is near downtown San Jose, California. I have been an attorney for 25 years.
Dixon Ray Howell
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 52 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.
Scott Kanter
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(408) 861-6500 12901 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
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...
John Erik Fraker
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 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...
Matthew Triet Vo
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(408) 978-7976 919 Story Rd, suite 1204
San Jose, CA 95122
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
Attorney Matthew Triet Vo is a caring and confident attorney. He provides a wide range of legal services, specifically in Estate Planning, Probate and Personal Injury.

Matthew considers himself to be “the people's lawyer” and is passionate in being an advocate for his clients when defending their rights.

Matthew is currently admitted to practice law before the courts of the State of California, the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kendra Bowen
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 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...
Eric Daniel Despotes
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 475
San Jose, CA 95126
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric Despotes became the newest attorney at Lonich & Patton, LLP in February 2010 and assists in all areas of the firm's practice, Family Law, Estate Planning, and Business Law Eric grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in Poltical Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He then returned to the Bay Area to attend law school. Eric graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009. He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award...
Clarence Joseph Ferrari Jr
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Santa Clara County, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 60 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.
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