Firm Overview

I began my firm upon passing the bar exam in 2003 because I prefer self employment. I focus in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration with an orientation toward elder law, meaning I am attuned to the psycho-social dynamics of aging, illness and death.

Example cases

I do a lot of estate planning for singles and couples, which includes creating and funding revocable living trusts. We often discuss the unique family dynamics that require clients to make difficult decisions about choices of beneficiaries, trustees and guardians for minor children.

Main Office

Main
2140 Shattuck Avenue
Suite 604
Berkeley  CA  94704

Phone
  • (510) 548-4844
Fax
  • (510) 548-4843

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I talk to people for free briefly on the telephone.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Please inquire for details.

Hourly Rates

$225.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

None

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Se habla espanol.

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

During law school, I realized that I wanted to serve aging baby boomers like myself. That led me to investigate the field of elder law, of which estate planning is a subset. I enjoy people of all ages, which this practice brings. I don't litigate. Estate planning, as I practice it, is a form of legal social service.

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

I am very appreciative when clients educate themselves as they increasingly do. I prefer it when clients have already given thought to difficult issues such as whom to name as beneficiaries, executors and trustees.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review such documents and will--and have--told them when it is more cost-effective for an attorney to draft new documents rather than to fix one they have done.

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

I don't do any litigation, so I don't coach clients in that regard. With sophisticated clients in trust administration, I coach clients to do as much work as possible to save costs.

Sara R. Diamond

I was previously a journalist, political author and Sociology professor. From 1983-1998, I conducted an independent research project on right-wing social movements. I earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley. I speak Spanish, and have done a lot of public speaking and media appearances.

I was a professor, public intellectual and activist for many years and have a lot of knowledge about many non-legal matters. I began as a lawyer in my 40s with lots of life and family experience of my own.

I was broadly educated in the social sciences before becoming a lawyer and worked with many different kinds of people. I am patient, persistent, compassionate, and I have a dry sense of humor

License
  • Bar Number: 226998
    California , 2003
Education
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 2003
    San Francisco, CA
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Ph.D. , 1993
    Berkeley, CA
    Sociology
  • University of California at Irvine
    B.A , 1979
    Irvine, CA
    Spanish

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