I learned early on that when individuals and businesses have to turn to the courts, there are rarely "winners." I established the Law Office of Jane K. Penhaligen with the resolve to provide a more strategic solution to individuals and business owners who want to reduce their estate taxes and provide for their families. General law practitioners do not have the specialized training that my firm provides to create estate plans that consider tax consequences in their preparation. The Law Office of Jane K. Penhaligen provides thoughtful counsel with both the tax and legal perspective needed to make the best personal and economic decisions. I propose and establish estate plans for my clients that allow their families to avoid litigation. My significant work entails establishing various trusts, business succession plans, and charitable plans for people. I draft plans that protect children and families, allow for taxes to be saved and family businesses to be passed on and thrive rather than fail. I like to provide plans that keep family ties strong.
3478 Buskirk Ave
Pleasant Hill CA 94523
I can provide an estimate for general estate plans which will vary depending on the information gained in the interview.
$ 300 per hour.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In law school, I focused on business law because I was interested in a general business education and thought I would become corporate counsel. When I finally found estate planning, I knew it was the right area of practice for me because I could focus on helping people avoid legal problems later on and help families remain close. Also, I really enjoy showing people how to save money on taxes.
I encourage clients to educate themselves. It is my opinion that this helps clients make better decisions regarding their legal needs.
I will review documents prepared by clients. However, unless it is a fairly simple document, I will not endorse or guarantee it.
I am willing to review documents generated by Nolo products.
I cannot engage in this practice. I think the potential for liability is too great.
I worked for various medium size firms in the Bay Area. In addition to estate planning, I have a background in construction defect litigation and general counsel work for homeowner's association, during which I learned the ropes of litigation.
I spent a year after college interning for then state assemblyman Tom Bates. Working with the public to help the community helped me improve my listening and negotiating skills. Obtaining my Masters in Tax Law provided me with the expertise to analyze the whole of my clients' situations and propose comprehensive plans to save them as much money as possible on their taxes.
My best strength is my ability to listen to my clients and apply my expertise and experience in estate planning and tax law to their unique situations to help them establish the best estate plan for their needs.
My style varies according to the needs of my clients and the tasks at hand.
I am an outdoors person, whether it is hiking, running, sailing or SCUBA diving, which is what I enjoy best.
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