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Firm Overview

Laing Law Offices has mainly been solo practice since 1975. My practice has always involved property, businesses, and estates, I am experienced concerning California property, including community property issues that affect estate and business planning. I have represented people from every walk of life, including entertainment figures, judicial officials, other attorneys, CPAs, physicians, architects, a lottery winner, and clients from Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, and several other countries. My office has been located in Larkspur, adjacent to the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, since 2006.

I draft estate plans and related business plans for married and unmarried couples and domestic partners. I review and amend existing estate plans. I use LLCs and other entities to limit liability and provide for succession or sale of businesses. I draft post-marital agreements and coordinated estate plans for couples who would lose essential benefits if they divorce. My focus is on my clients and on estate and business plans that fit their needs.

Example cases

An attorney referred a couple to me for an urgent estate plan. The husband had a bad cancer. They owned a home, an income property, securities, and a business. I quickly completed a durable power of attorney that let the wife transfer properties into trust and close the husband's business. I prepared an agreement that converted their properties and certain assets into their community property to step up the basis to its full value upon the husband's death. I recorded deeds and assisted the wife to transfer their securities into the trust.

In another case, an unmarried couple in their 70s, each with adult children from former marriages, asked me to review their trusts that were prepared by two different attorneys. I obtained a written waiver of conflict of interest and then examined their documents. The trust provisions concerning their jointly owned residence were inconsistent and would have caused a bad result and litigation when the first of them died. I created a separate trust for their jointly owned residence, and revised both of their individual trusts to make their overall plan work the way they intended.

Main Office

Main
100 Larkspur Landing Circle
Suite 110
Larkspur  CA  94939

Phone
  • (415) 461-3133

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. Twenty to thirty minutes to explore the client's needs and decide how they can best be helped.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes, for simple estate plans. I quote a range of fees for more complex plans. Estate plans for a married couple typically cost between $1,250 and $3,000, and include a trust, pour-over wills, powers of attorney, and other documents that may be necessary.

Hourly Rates

$300.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Home and hospital appointments available.

Emergency After Hours

No

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

I chose my primary area of practice because estate planning is an essential part of so many things people do as they go through life. For instance, if you own titled property, like a house, business, securities and financial accounts, the way title is held is an important part of estate planning, both during life and after death. Proper titling of these assets helps my clients avoid unnecessary expense and aggravation.

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

It is a good thing. We can have a better discussion about their matter.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. I charge $300 per hour for document review. I also review client documents prepared by other lawyers.

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

It is very rare in estate and business planning. While I do review some self-prepared documents, I would not coach a client to self-prepare an estate plan. I do, however, coach clients concerning negotiations that may be essential to their plan. I utilize mediation and the mediation privilege to protect the confidentiality of sensitive negotiations.

R. Bruce Laing

U.S. Navy contracting officer
Medium sized law firm experience
Opened my own office

Contracting and contract administration gave me a good background in complex agreements. Through my work as a lawyer, I also know a lot about family law, real estate and business. Mediation made me a better listener and has helped me create better solutions for my clients. I am a cancer survivor. Because of my personal experience, I relate well to clients and their families in serious illness situations.

I am a good listener and a global thinker. My clients tell me that they appreciate my ability to simplify and explain complex concepts. I am interested in my clients and want them to be part of the process.

Personal interests:

Gourmet cooking, hiking, family and friends, and volunteer work.

License
  • Bar Number: 66510
    California , 1975
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1975
    San Francisco, CA
    Moot Court winner

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