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.
2140 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
I talk to people for free briefly on the telephone.
Please inquire for details.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Se habla espanol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.