Helping Bay Area residents for more than 25 years:
Since 1987, the Law Office of Peter S. Stern has provided a wide array of legal services, counsel and strategies to Palo Alto and Bay Area residents who make the effort to provision for the future catastrophic, healthcare and day-to-day needs of family members and other loved ones.
Accessible, compassionate and protective of your rights:
Our practice takes pride on being accessible, compassionate and attentive to detail.
We understand the importance of planning - for your family and their peace of mind and for your own peace of mind. We take the time to help you understand all options available to you, prioritize what means the most to you, and plan optimally for the future well-being of both you and those you love.
Firm principal and sole practitioner Peter S. Stern has more than 30 years of legal experience in elder law and estate planning. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, as qualified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Also, he has earned the distinction of being AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.
A law practice that emphasizes planning:
Our legal work focuses primarily on three areas of future-oriented law:
Conservatorship - We help you provide a caring future for an incapacitated child or adult, whether it's ensuring that there will be sufficient financial support, selecting a guardian and an alternate guardian who will follow your wishes with regard to administering care and/or upbringing, or establishing a will that will enable your guardian-elects to properly fulfill your wishes and which will enable your beneficiary to continue to receive care.
Elder Law - We help you negotiate a host of senior lifestyle issues and legal matters - including tax issues, Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, nursing home and assisted-living care, in-home medical care, powers of attorney, medical directives and living wills, nursing-home negligence, abuse and age discrimination.
Estate Planning and Administration - We offer services and counsel covering a wide range of estate planning matters - including estate tax issues; selection of an executor and, if required, guardians; living wills; living trusts; and wills and codicils (changes in your directives that you may attach to your will once it has been signed).
Where you go for help can make a big difference in your future and in your family's future:
Planning for the inevitable and the unforeseen requires common sense, and it requires knowledge of, and insights into, state and federal laws. Realize the future you envision for your estate and your loved ones.