Fred C. Begun, Esq.

Experienced San Jose Family Law and Estate Planning Attorney Puts the Law on Your Side

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Firm Overview

A compassionate California counselor
I have been practicing law since 1989. First working in insurance defense, and later in business, real estate, construction, personal injury, divorce, and probate & estate litigation, my early career was litigation based. Later, I worked as corporate counsel, focusing on major issues of contract and business negotiation. In 2001, I returned to private practice and now handle all aspects of Family Law and Divorce actions and have recently added Estate Planning to my practice. With roots in the area, I am here to assist the community with valuable legal solutions.

A common sense approach
My clients appreciate my no-nonsense approach to the law. I assist them in going through some of the most difficult issues they will face. My job is to make the process as painless as possible. I'll look at any legal situation from every angle, determining not only the best offense but also a perfect counter for any defense. My clients must make tough choices, and it's up to me to provide counsel so that they can make educated decisions. I do this by patiently walking them through the legal process - providing clear explanations throughout, regarding the proceedings and legal ramifications of any decisions made.

Regain control
One of the most difficult factors to deal with when involved in any legal action is the feeling of a loss of control. Your fate is in someone else's hands. Whether it be a judge, jury or even your beneficiaries in the case of probate proceedings, it is difficult to let go of control when it affects the things you hold dear in life. As an attorney, I can help you get that feeling of control back. Take charge of your assets by putting together a strong and clear estate plan - don't let everything that you've worked for be decided upon by a third party. Take care of your family by retaining an attorney who will see to it that issues from pre-nuptial agreements to divorce, child custody and visitation agreements, child and spousal support orders, property division, wills, trusts, advanced health care directives and powers of attorney and more. All are taken care of with sensitivity, compassion and your best interests at heart.

Personal service
With me as your attorney, you can rest assured that I will be personally handling your case. As a sole practitioner I maintain accessibility because it's vital that an attorney be there to provide answers to your questions as they arise and also to process any new information that may affect your case.

Entering into legal action can prove to be a complex and intimidating possibility that naturally causes a certain amount of trepidation. Allow me to ally your fears by helping you though the process
Main Office

Law Office of Fred C. Begun
84 W. Santa Clara St. Suite 360
San Jose  CA  95113

Phone
  • (408) 295-4232
Fax
  • (408) 295-4771
Divorce
Family Law in California
Divorce
Through mediation or litigation, my Family Law practice advises you of your rights to help you get the best possible settlement, resolution or judgment - including your fair share of assets, division of the marital home, proper child support payments, proper spousal support payments and child custody rights.
Estate Planning
California Estate Planning Attorney Protects not only your Estate, but also your Family
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, I can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

Estate Planning
-Wills
-Trusts
-Advanced Healthcare Directives
-Powers of Attorney
-Working with Tax Advisors
-Working with Financial Advisers
-Working with Property Advisers
-Working with your "A" Team

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I thoroughly analyze your estate, and I will strategize the best means of managing your assets with your Financial Advisers, minimizing taxes by working with your Accounting and Tax Advisers, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and your last will and testament
This ensures that, when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative - such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pets - making decisions that might not reflect your desires. I can draft valid wills to ensure that your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your Estate Plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I can draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions, or if needs be, create a new will and Estate Plan to meet those needs.

Advanced Healthcare Directives
As your life changes, you will need to think about special healthcare needs and end of life decisions. This is a difficult process, but when discussed with care and respect, people can share their thoughts with family members and likely caretakers so as to reduce conflict at otherwise difficult times. Making your decisions clear in advance assures that your wishes should be followed.

Powers of Attorney
As and Advanced Healthcare Directive is a specific Power of Attorney to address health issues, you also need specific Powers of Attorney to address financial issues and control if you lose capacity, whether that be temporary or permanently. The proper Power of Attorney can ease those concerns as well.

Appointment of Guardianship
If you have minor children, your will enables you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals, and finances to maintain your children. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have been practicing law since 1989. First working in insurance defense, and later in business, real estate, construction, personal injury, divorce, and probate & estate litigation, my early career was litigation based. Later, I worked as corporate counsel, focusing on major issues of contract and business negotiation. In 2001, I returned to private practice and now handle all aspects of Family Law and Divorce actions and have added Estate Planning to my practice. With roots in the area, I am here to assist the community with valuable legal solutions.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

My clients appreciate my no-nonsense approach to the law. I assist them in going through some of the most difficult issues they will face. My job is to make the process as painless as possible. I’ll look at any legal situation from every angle, determining not only the best offense but also a perfect counter for any defense. My clients must make tough choices, and it’s up to me to provide counsel so that they can make educated decisions. I do this by patiently walking them through the legal process — providing clear explanations throughout, regarding the proceedings and legal ramifications of any decisions made.
One of the most difficult factors to deal with when involved in any legal action is the feeling of a loss of control. Your fate is in someone else’s hands. Whether it be a judge, jury or even your beneficiaries in the case of probate proceedings, it is difficult to let go of control when it affects the things you hold dear in life. As an attorney, I can help you get that feeling of control back. Take charge of your assets by putting together a strong and clear estate plan — don’t let everything that you’ve worked for be decided upon by a third party. Take care of your family by retaining an attorney who will see to it that issues from pre-nuptial agreements to divorce, child custody and visitation agreements, child and spousal support orders, property division, wills, trusts, advanced health care directives and powers of attorney and more. All are taken care of with sensitivity, compassion and your best interests at heart.
With me as your attorney, you can rest assured that I will be personally handling your case. As a sole practitioner I maintain accessibility because it’s vital that an attorney be there to provide answers to your questions as they arise and also to process any new information that may affect your case.
Entering into legal action can prove to be a complex and intimidating possibility that naturally causes a certain amount of trepidation. Allow me to ally your fears by helping you though the process — step by step — helping you choose the right path for your circumstances. I help my clients understand their circumstances, and I advise them on the decisions that they have in front of them, but I never say, “You must do this.” I am here for my clients both as a counselor, educator and conduit to the legal system.

Fred C. Begun

Family Law, Divorce, Dissolution, Custody, Visitation, Support, Property Division, Post-Judgment Modifications, Paternity, Pre-Nuptial Agreements.
Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Advanced Healthcare Directive, Powers of Attorney.

Member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association; the Santa Clara County Estate Planning Counsel; the Silicon Valley chamber of Commerce; the Rotary Club of San Jose.

Recipient: California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Board Members Special Award, 2001; California Parks and Recreation Society District IV Citation Award, 2001. Ninth Circuit Participant Winner, United States Supreme Court Writing Contest, 1987. Formerly With: Schwerin & Sumcad, 2000-2001; David Carey Inc. - D.C. Enterprises, 1995-2000; Baskin, Grant & Joseph, 1990-1995; Mitchell & Stock, 1989-1990. Commissioner, 1997-2002, Commission Chair, 1999-2000 and Commission Vice Chair, 1998-1999, San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission. Past Member: Santa Cruz County Bar Association Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member, 1993-1995), American Bar Association
License
  • Bar Number: 144599
    California , 1989
Education
  • Santa Clara University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988
  • San Francisco State University
    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration , 1985
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