Law Office of Peter J. Bassing

Firm Overview

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.

Example cases

Trahan v. Trahan (2002)99 Cal.App.4th 62; Young v. State (1982)129 Cal.App.3d 559

Main Office
100 Smith Ranch Road
Suite 122
San Rafael  CA  94903-1979
  • (415) 258-9987
  • (415) 258-0681


Free Initial Consultation?
There is a free consultation for estate planning work. This does not include review of client-prepared documentation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
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.
Hourly Rates
For work billed hourly, $310/hour

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. plus evenings and weekends by arrangement
Office Manager
Alicia Nuyens
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

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

The subject matter is challenging and the need is present.

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

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.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

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.

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

Usually not; years of experience have shown this to be rife with possibilities for misunderstanding.

Peter J. Bassing

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.


Personal interests:

My personal interests include family, music, dogs and reading.

  • Bar Number: 63315
    California , 1974
  • University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
    J. D. , 1974
    Berkeley, CA
    I was invited to join law review.
  • University of California, Berkeley
    A.B. , 1970
    Berkeley, CA
    Political Science

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