O'Neil & Rueppel, LLP

Firm Overview

The attorneys at O'Neil & Rueppel, LLP, provide quality estate planning services to clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its founding, the firm has focused on helping people growth their wealth, protect their families from the devastating effects of death and disability, and minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes.

We are staffed with experienced, personable attorneys trained in the complex areas of estate planning, probate, and trust law. The aim of each member of the law firm is to help you accomplish your estate planning goals and to take the mystery out of the planning process. We explain our estate plan documents in straightforward language that you and your loved ones can understand. Our services will ease the burden faced by those who have lost a loved one and protect your estate for needless financial waste.
Main Office
San Francisco Office
155 Montgomery Street
Suite 401
San Francisco  CA  94104
  • (415) 992-3123
  • (415) 373-9359


Free Initial Consultation?
We offer a free twenty minute phone consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We usually prepare simple estate plans on a flat fee basis. For complex estate plans, we generally quote a range of fees. We always review the client intake form and discuss planning goals before providing an individually tailored estimate for services.

For probate matters we typically charge according the the fee schedule laid out in the California Probate Code. For trust administration, we normally charge our hourly rate. Our fees for litigation are handled on a case-by-case basis. We accept ARAG legal insurance.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

Marin Office
700 Larkspur Circle, Suite 199
Larkspur,  CA  94939
Berkeley Office
1900 Addison Street
Berkeley,  CA  94704

Jay O'Neil

James M. O'Neil is a founding partner at O'Neil & Rueppel, LLP and practices Estate Planning and Real Estate Law. He focuses his practice on helping his clients plan to avoid problems in the future and solving problems they face now. He is a member of the State Bar of California Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and a panel attorney for ARAG Legal Insurance.

During law school, James served as an extern for the Honorable A. James Robertson II in the civil division of San Francisco Superior Court. He was a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and served as the Technical Editor for the University of San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. As an advocate on USF
  • Bar Number: 266965
    California , 2009
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    JD , 2009
  • Oberlin College
    Double Major: English, Politics , 1996

John Rueppel

John S. Rueppel focuses his practice preparing estate plans for individuals, couples (married and unmarried), and registered domestic partners in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is passionate about helping people prepare for life's challenging times. In addition to creating individualized estate plans that meet his client's needs, John also provides guidance with post-death trust administration and irrevocable trust amendment, as well as counseling personal representatives in probate matters. John represents clients in trust and probate litigation matters on a case-by-case basis.

John is a magna cum laude graduate of U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. While there, he was the Comments and Briefs editor of the Science and Technology Law Journal. During law school, John externed at the California Court of Appeals for Justice James Lambden, where he drafted a published opinion. After law school and prior to founding O'Neil & Rueppel, LLP, John worked in the Law and Motion Department of the San Francisco Superior Court, under Judge Peter Busch.

Prior to law school, John was an elementary Montessori school teacher. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Bar Number: 267467
    California , 2009
  • U.C. Hastings College of the Law
    JD , 2009
    Graduated magna cum laude.
  • Cornell University
    Bachelors of Arts - English Literature , 1993

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