Law Office of Peter S. Stern

Law Office of Peter S. Stern

Palo Alto Law Firm Helps You Plan for the Future.

Firm Overview

Helping Bay Area residents for more than 25 years:
Since 1987, the Law Office of Peter S. Stern has provided a wide array of legal services, counsel and strategies to Palo Alto and Bay Area residents who make the effort to provision for the future catastrophic, healthcare and day-to-day needs of family members and other loved ones.

Accessible, compassionate and protective of your rights:
Our practice takes pride on being accessible, compassionate and attentive to detail.

We understand the importance of planning - for your family and their peace of mind and for your own peace of mind. We take the time to help you understand all options available to you, prioritize what means the most to you, and plan optimally for the future well-being of both you and those you love.

Firm principal and sole practitioner Peter S. Stern has more than 30 years of legal experience in elder law and estate planning. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, as qualified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Also, he has earned the distinction of being AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

A law practice that emphasizes planning:
Our legal work focuses primarily on three areas of future-oriented law:

Conservatorship - We help you provide a caring future for an incapacitated child or adult, whether it's ensuring that there will be sufficient financial support, selecting a guardian and an alternate guardian who will follow your wishes with regard to administering care and/or upbringing, or establishing a will that will enable your guardian-elects to properly fulfill your wishes and which will enable your beneficiary to continue to receive care.

Elder Law - We help you negotiate a host of senior lifestyle issues and legal matters - including tax issues, Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, nursing home and assisted-living care, in-home medical care, powers of attorney, medical directives and living wills, nursing-home negligence, abuse and age discrimination.

Estate Planning and Administration - We offer services and counsel covering a wide range of estate planning matters - including estate tax issues; selection of an executor and, if required, guardians; living wills; living trusts; and wills and codicils (changes in your directives that you may attach to your will once it has been signed).

Where you go for help can make a big difference in your future and in your family's future:
Planning for the inevitable and the unforeseen requires common sense, and it requires knowledge of, and insights into, state and federal laws. Realize the future you envision for your estate and your loved ones.

Main Office

Main Office
350 Cambridge Avenue, Suite 330
Palo Alto CA 94306





Estate Planning

California Wills and Probate Attorney Protects Your Estate.

Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you are planning the parameters of your future medical care or you are establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the Law Office of Peter S. Stern 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. We 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 your last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention if you become incapacitated. This ensures 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, it is the court that determines how your property is to be distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pets- making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Law Office of Peter S. Stern can draft valid wills to ensure that your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You might need to update your will throughout your life. We draft 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 enables you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents were to die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, it is the court that will appoint a guardian for your children -and the guardian can make decisions that might be 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.

Peter S. Stern

Law Office of Peter S. Stern

ISLN: 903425139

Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Elder Law, Conservatorships, Wills, Probate, Trusts and Estates, Incapacity Planning, Medi-Cal Planning, Special-Needs Planning

Admitted: 1981: California; and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School: Stanford University, J.D.

Member: Palo Alto, Santa Clara County (Member, Board of Trustees, 1992-1994; Chairman, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section, 1993), San Mateo County and Silicon Valley Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Member, Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, 2000-; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Chair, 2007-2008); Judicial Council of California (Member, Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, 2001-2007); American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Languages: French


Stanford University
Juris Doctorate,