Sunnyvale, California Estate Planning Lawyers

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

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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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Liza Weiman Hanks
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience

Stanford Law SchoolCalifornia
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Daniel L DuRee
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California Estate Planning Attorney

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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
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(650) 503-3078 1250 Oakmead Pkwy Ste 210
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Estate Planning
Quinnipiac Univ School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(408) 732-3114 438 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(408) 616-1600 920 Stewart Dr Ste 100
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Estate Planning
UCLA School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(408) 736-7998 438 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Estate Planning
U of San Francisco School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(408) 248-8502 1250 Oakmead Pkwy Ste 210
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Estate Planning and Elder
UC Hastings COL
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(408) 245-3000 438 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Gonzaga Univ School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 56 years experience
(408) 736-9000 525 W Remington Dr Ste 100
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Estate Planning
Stanford Univ Law School
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(405) 345-8920 1594 Finch Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(408) 437-7738 PO Box 2003
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Elder
Loyola Law School
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(408) 615-8930 1030 E El Camino Real # 426
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Estate Planning and Elder
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(408) 718-8816 852 Fife Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Estate Planning
Lincoln Univ
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.
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,...
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
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...
Sujung Park
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Cupertino, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(408) 236-7345 19925 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Suite 100
Cupertino, CA 95014
Estate Planning and Business
Emory University
As a business legal counsel, Sujung Park has advised individuals and businesses on various legal transactions and litigation matters. Her practice includes corporate, commercial contracts, and estate and asset planning. Sujung’s clients range from global high tech companies to innovative emerging startups and local small businesses. She also has served as outside general counsel for the US subsidiaries of Korean companies and US companies who has a business relationship with Korea.

Sujung received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a M.A. in International Laws from Seoul National University. She is a member of the State Bar...
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
Jeanette H. Taggart
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Santa Clara, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(408) 221-5856 2975 Scott Blvd., Ste. 120
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
UCLA 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
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Stephen Searle Rudd
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Cupertino, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 47 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.
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.
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 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...
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 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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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(408) 658-8580 2021 The Alameda, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95126
Estate 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.
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 15 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...
Clarence Joseph Ferrari Jr
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 59 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.
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
Stanley Phong Phan
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 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
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....
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.
Pascal Anthony Anastasi Esq.
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Campbell, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 32 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...
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...
Eric Daniel Despotes
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San Jose, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 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...
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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.


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