Stone & Stone, Attorneys at Law

Personalized Estate Planning and Bankruptcy Services

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Firm Overview

My father and I formed our partnership in 2011, so we are a young firm eager to satisfy all of our new clients. My father has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, while I have been a lawyer since 2010. We focus on estate planning matters for small and medium sized estates, including living trusts, special needs trusts, wills, powers of attorney, trust administration, probate, and tax planning. We also offer bankruptcy services for those in debt trouble.

Example cases

Due to client-attorney confidentiality, we do not share information about prior cases. However, we are helping a number of clients with their estate planning needs, including trusts, wills, Medi-Cal planning, powers of attorney and advance health care directives, as well as bankruptcies and debt relief. Please call us at (209) 579-4445 to discuss your needs.

Main Office

Located in
Stockton and Modesto
Modesto  CA  95355

Phone
  • (209) 579-4445
Fax
  • (209) 593-2280

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, I offer a free half-hour consultation for estate planning and bankruptcy clients.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I offer estate planning packages that include a Living Trust, Wills, and Powers of Attorney with advance health care directives, for $1,500.

I offer Wills starting at $200.

Prices may increase with the size and complexity of the estate, but these prices apply to most clients.

I also offer Chapter 7 Bankruptcies for as little as $1,200 plus filing fee.

I will gladly extend a 10% discount to new clients who mention that they saw my profile on the Nolo website.

Hourly Rates

Generally $250 per hour, unless I have quoted a fixed-price fee.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

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

Estate planning practice allows me to help clients with their needs and offer something that really benefits them and their families.

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

I think it's a great idea. People can navigate some issues for themselves; in many cases, however, the help of a professional can be well worth the expense.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

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

No.

Michael R. Stone

Before becoming a lawyer I owned several small businesses and I was also a substitute teacher for a time.

Because I focus on practice areas that are common to nearly everyone, including me and my family, I feel that I can relate easily to my clients' desires and concerns in the estate planning context.

I seek to understand a client's personal situation and goals thoroughly, and then pursue an effective, value-conscious solution for them.

Personal interests:

Aside from the law, I enjoy reading in many subjects, hiking, and travel, and I am an avid baseball fan (Go Giants and A's!).

License
  • Bar Number: 274585
    California , 2010
Education
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2010
    Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts , 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    Philosophy

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