Hartmann Law Firm

Hartmann Law Firm

GEORGE V. HARTMANN, Attorney & Counselor - Stanford Lawyer

Firm Overview

Supporting businesses and individuals throughout California
Whether you are trying to form or operate a business in California or require assistance with a will, trust or sophisticated estate plan, or you are trying to solve complex tax, real estate, estate planning and business problems in the most simple, cost-effective way, having an experienced, client-centered lawyer can make a difference. I have more than 37 years of legal experience, giving me a broad scope of knowledge and proficiency in tax matters, simple and complex estate planning, developing effective business strategies for succession and expansion, dealing with the needs of entrepreneurs and various water and reclamation law issues.

I am in the business of protecting and serving my clients and finding the simplest, most cost-effective solutions for the most complex problems. I have personally worked with many California entrepreneurs to help them draft and implement successful business strategies including succession plans, acquisitions, dispositions, and financing. I am also experienced in drafting and implementing all levels of estate plans - from simple to complex, with a special emphasis on business owners and those in agriculture. For my professionalism and ethics, I have earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry. This rating is based on reviews from my fellow attorneys.

The Hartmann Law Firm's services include:
-Water and Reclamation law
-Estate planning, Wills and Trusts
-Tax planning
-Real estate transactions and finance including leasing and commercial services.
-Wealth Transfers and Asset Protection
-Strategic and succession planning for businesses
-LLC and partnership formation and representation

Focused and personalized legal services
At The Hartmann Law Firm, the core value of our practice is to insure that clients believe that the value of the services they receive are worth more than the cost, and that everything they need is handled with diligence and excellence. Estate planning clients have special needs with the many passages and transitions that life offers, and we take great pride in assisting our clients of all levels of wealth and their families with navigating the challenges posed by aging, death, protection of assets and tax minimization. We actively represent many local and regional businesses with a focus on anticipating and preventing problems and resolving existing problems. We also represent governmental entities, Reclamation Districts, water rights holders and water users in the agricultural sector. Regardless of your legal matter, my goal is to anticipate your unique concerns in order to proactively address the situation before it escalates into a problem. The best money you can spend on a lawyer is to prevent problems before they occur.

Main Office

Main Office
3425 Brookside Road, Suite A
Stockton, CA 95219



Estate Planning

Estate, Gift and Income Tax Planning Lawyer in California

At The Hartmann Law Firm, we provide sophisticated tax planning for individuals and businesses. Our focus is on the interaction of various areas of state and federal tax law (estate, gift, and income taxes) with the needs and plans of our individual and business entity clients, and developing effective estate and other plans to avoid and minimize taxes. Many, if not most, choices we make in business and wealth planning have tax implications and tax effects. Identifying, and, to the greatest extent possible, minimizing such tax impacts through proper analysis and structuring of actions and transactions is critical to maximizing financial success and wealth preservation.

Arranging business transactions and estate plans to minimize or avoid taxes without losing sight of the mission and desired outcome is an art form that requires extensive awareness of tax laws and realities of life and the business world as well as the needs and goals of families and businesses. This is what we strive to do for our clients on an ongoing basis.

Beyond taxation, good estate and business strategic plans must be based upon the uniqueness of each individual, family and organization. An elegant plan that doesn't fit the client, or which fails to respect the variability of life and the business world is less than adequate. Good estate and business planning must take a long-term view and be sufficiently flexible to adapt to changed circumstances while advancing the always unique needs of people and organizations. In the world of effective tax and business decision planning, there is no such thing as "one size fits all." No two people or companies are truly alike, and so our planning efforts focus on the unique attributes and needs of our clients, and frequently involve the participation and input of other professionals with specialized talents, knowledge and skills - such as the client's CPA, insurance professionals and others. Through the strategic use of cutting-edge and traditional income and asset-transfer devices,as well as giving great respect to the unpredictability of life and the business world, our firm will work to help you take full advantage of applicable tax credits, deductions, exemptions and elections, so you can transfer your wealth and make both short and long term plans with maximum benefit for your business, your family and your philanthropic beneficiaries.

Experienced advice
Our firm provides more than just experienced tax advice to individuals, executors, trustees and businesses in a wide range of tax areas. We deal with the hard realities of life and aging, illness, disability, and life's tendency to interfere with our hopes and dreams. We work to make life's inevitable transitions as simple as possible for your family, heirs and business associates. Anticipating illness, disability, death and less than honorable behavior of your heirs and business associates and developing plans that really work is our goal and practice based on many years of service to our clients and living their lives with them. We take great pride in the many long-term relationships and friendships with multiple generations of clients and families that have evolved over the years.

We provide general tax advice, including:
-General estate tax advice
-General gift tax advice
-General income tax advice
-Stepped up cost-basis
-How gifts can reduce your estate tax burden
-Capital gains upon the sale of real property, etc.
-1031 exchanges
-Alternate valuation elections
-Generation-skipping taxes
-How charitable gifts can reduce your tax burden
-General tax advice for revocable, irrevocable, grantor and charitable trusts
-Taxation of S-Corporations, limited liability corporations, partnerships, etc.

George V. Hartmann

Hartmann Law Firm


Mr. Hartmann is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-Water law
-Reclamation law
-Estate and tax planning
-Mergers and acquisitions
-Water and reclamation law
-Health care licensing
-Complex real estate
-Transactions & finance, agricultural matters
-Asset protection
-Family limited partnerships
-Health care
-Health care mergers and acquisitions

-California, 1974
-U.S. Tax Court, 1974
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1975

-Stanford University, J.D., 1974
-Stanford University, B.A., 1971

Other languages

Special agencies
-Reclamation Dst. 2030 & 2074

Associations and memberships
-San Joaquin County Bar Association
-State Bar of California (Member, Probate, Trust and Estate Section)
-The Business Council of San Joaquin County

Biographical details
-Instructor, Taxation, Civil Procedure, Estate Planning, Humphrey's Law School, Stockton, California, 1977-1987
-Chairman, Stockton Unified School District Strategic Planning Committee


Stanford University
Juris Doctorate,