Law Office of Michael R. Peterson

Law Office of Michael R. Peterson

Compassionate lawyer offering effective estate planning services for 20 years

Firm Overview

Since, 1991 the Law Office of Michael R. Peterson in Davis, California has represented clients in Davis and throughout California's Yolo and Sacramento counties, focusing on matters of estate planning, estate administration, and trust and probate. Michael R. Peterson has more than 20 years of experience providing advising clients and helping develop effective estate planning strategies to achieve their goals. We work diligently to understand your legal needs and apply our extensive knowledge to ensure positive results. We pay attention to every detail and provide comprehensive representation to secure your peace of mind. Our clients trust us and are satisfied with their results. Much of our new business is based on their referrals. Call the Law Office of Michael R. Peterson today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you plan for your future and the future of your family.

Certified specialist providing compassionate legal representation:
Michael R. Peterson is a specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in estate planning, trust and probate law, a testament to the firm's:

Competence - A certified specialist must pass a written exam, adhere to strict continuing education requirements and receive positive reviews from colleagues to stay in good standing. Mr. Peterson is a competent attorney who stays abreast of current legal trends to provide the best representation for our clients.

Compassion - We approach every client with compassion and recognize the need to understand your individual legal situation. We understand that estate planning is a potentially emotional experience and work personally with each client to ease you through the process.

Experience - We have more than 20 years of experience helping clients secure their future and address their legal needs. We apply our knowledge to your case to ensure you reach your goals.

Dedicated law firm specializing in matters of estate planning, trust and probate law:
The Law Office of Michael R. Peterson assists clients in the following specialty practice areas:

Estate Planning - We assist clients in planning for the future for themselves and their families. Our estate planning practice also covers estate tax issues, choosing an executor, guardianships and wills drafting.

Estate Administration - We help clients in matters of estate administration, including transferring assets and paying taxes and debts.

Trust and Probate - In our trust and probate practice, we establish trusts and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex probate process.

Main Office

Main Office
508 Second St., Ste. 210
Davis, CA 95616





Estate Planning

Preserving your family's wealth for future generations

Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the Law Office of Michael R. Peterson can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet, making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Michael R. Peterson can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Michael R. Peterson drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

Michael R. Peterson

Law Office of Michael R. Peterson

ISLN: 904468715

Practice Areas:
Estate Planning; Wills; Trusts; Probate; Estate Administration; Real Estate Law

Michael R. Peterson has practiced law in Davis since 1991. Currently his practice is focused on wills, trusts, estate planning and estate administration, along with related business and real estate matters. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he was a member and note editor of Southern California Law Review. He also holds a BA degree from USC (magna cum laude) and an MA degree from the University of California, Davis.

Mike is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. State Bar certified specialists must demonstrate a high level of competence in a specific area of the law by passing a written exam, adhering to rigorous continuing education requirements, and receiving favorable reviews from other legal professionals.

Mike is a long-time resident of Davis, and has participated in many community organizations. He is a former president of the Yolo County Bar Association, Davis Rotary Club, Friends of Allied Non-Profits (which runs All Things Right & Relevant and R&R Thrift, consignment and thrift shops that benefit mental health agencies), and his neighborhood association, and has been a board member or active member of other community groups. For many years he was treasurer of Yes for Our Students, which raises funds to support Davis schools. He is a member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council.


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