I have practiced in Marin County, with an emphasis on estate planning, estate administration and real estate, for over thirty-five years. My clientele includes individuals, and small to mid-size businesses and associations.
Trahan v. Trahan (2002)99 Cal.App.4th 62; Young v. State (1982)129 Cal.App.3d 559
100 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael CA 94903-1979
There is a free consultation for estate planning work. This does not include review of client-prepared documentation.
Although a more complete "menu" of fees can be seen on my web site, my fees for a living trust "package" for a married couple are presently $1,950.
For work billed hourly, $310/hour
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. plus evenings and weekends by arrangement
The subject matter is challenging and the need is present.
What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
While client self-education is by no means necessary for effective counsel and representation, a client who has educated himself or herself will often have considered in advance some of the issue and decisions which arise in the estate planning context.
I am willing to review client-prepared documentation. However, in my experience, the process of providing thorough review and adequate comment is frequently as expensive, if not more expensive, than using attorney-prepared documentation.
Usually not; years of experience have shown this to be rife with possibilities for misunderstanding.
Instructor, College of Marin, Legal Principles of Real Estate
My pre-law general education, emphasizing analysis and writing, has proven invaluable in the practice of law.
My strengths are probably in analysis of difficult issues and situations, and my writing ability.
My personal interests include family, music, dogs and reading.
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