James L. Evertts, Attorney at Law

YOU decide who inherits, not the government!

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Firm Overview

My law practice is client service oriented. I believe that in the area of estate planning "one size does not fit all." We strive to nurture a collaborative environment with our clients. This allows me to go beyond just the preparation of estate planning documents and incorporate individual values and family dynamics in the development of an estate plan. This approach frequently leads to long-term relationships with my clients.

The Law Office of James L Evertts moved to Campbell, California, in 2010, after having been located in San Jose, California, for approximately 19 years. Prior to moving to California in 1990, I practiced law in the Chicago area for approximately 11 years.

Example cases

I have worked with clients to develop estate plans when their assets were less than hundred thousand dollars or where their assets were over several million dollars.

Main Office

Main
1500 E. Hamilton Avenue
Suite 213
Campbell  CA  95008

Phone
  • (408) 628-0234
Fax
  • (408) 628-0955

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I do not charge for the initial consultation. This meeting can last as long as an hour and a half. It is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other and to determine whether will be able to work together.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Estate planning services are provided on a fixed fee basis. The fixed fee for a client depends upon the specific estate planning services requested by the client.

Hourly Rates

$200

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evenings and Saturdays by appointment.

Office Manager

My executive assistant/paralegal is Federica Hughes.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Italian and German

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

I personally witnessed how estate planning enabled a member of my family, who had only a fifth grade education, live a fulfilling and prosperous life.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The knowledge and information a client obtains regarding the legal issues involved in his or her matter is of great assistance in being able to develop an effective solution for the client.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Generally, I have found the review of documents prepared by client to be much more expensive then the client anticipates and often necessitates the preparation of new documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Generally, I do not recommend that somebody represent themselves. There are just too many unexpected legal issues and procedures that can arise in a case.

James Evertts

I have practice law in a variety of legal environments; a national law firm, a regional law firm, a partnership, and as a sole practitioner.

My experience in teaching, prior to entering the practice of law, has been of assistance in helping me to explain to my clients the numerous and often complex concepts involved in estate planning.

I strive to maintain environment where the client feels comfortable, is not intimidated, and is free to ask questions.

Personal interests:

Protection of the environment; sports.

License
  • Bar Number: 147768
    California , 1990
Education
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law
    J.D. , 1978
    Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois
    Masters of Art in U.S. History , 1970
    Urbana, IL
  • University of Illinois
    Masters of Art in Education , 1968
    Urbana, IL

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