I've been a sole practitioner since 1976, and the majority of my practice is in the area of wills, trusts and estate planning. I also settle estates and administer trusts after death.Example cases
Drafting living trusts for individuals and couples in order to avoid probate and the effect of estate taxes. Settling estates after death so that estates can be passed on to family and heirs as efficiently as possible.
Litigating various estate planning and business issues.
950 Northgate Drive
San Rafael CA 94903
$300 an hour. However, I have a flat fee schedule for many estate planning documents. Generally, estate planning documents for an individual or a couple, including a living trust, will cost from $1,200 to $3,000 depending on complexity and several other issues.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evenings and weekends by appointment.
Before going out into private practice, I worked for a financial services company in which many of the employees were financial planners. They needed an attorney who could help with estate planning, so I pursued this area of law as my primary specialty. I continued in estate planning, because I enjoyed helping clients with these issues.
I'm all in favor of clients educating themselves on legal issues. If they haven't, I work very hard to explain the issues involving estate planning as clearly as possible and respond to all questions.
Yes, in fact I've done this on a number of occasions.
Yes, but this doesn't come up too often in the area of estate planning.
I worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, and I was an attorney for a financial services company before I opened my own office.
My business background and experience as a mediator and a litigator.
My clients tell me that I am a very good listener, and I take enough time to clarify difficult estate planning issues for them. I think that my training as a mediator and litigator adds to my expertise.
I know that clients want a lawyer who is accessible. Our office is informal and very friendly. I take as much time as necessary to learn my clients' needs and to address them.
Tennis and weekends in the mountains.
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