Thirkell Law Group

Thirkell Law Group

Offering nearly 70 years' combined experience in wills, trusts and conservatorships

Firm Overview

San Mateo-based Thirkell Law Group provides residents of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties with estate planning vehicles such as wills, trusts and conservatorships, and counsels executors, administrators and trustees in will probate and trust administration. The firm stands ready to litigate on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in estate planning matters as well.

Personal service, qualified legal experience and a CPA's perspective:
Thirkell Law Group attorneys make it a point to work with you personally, making sure you understand what needs to be done and why. And they are experienced. Firm founder and principal Ed Thirkell has been practicing for 40 years, primarily as a trusts trial lawyer. His portfolio includes several published cases, and he is well regarded by his peers. Ed has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professional ability. Julia Lingys is also well-versed in state and federal laws, bringing more than 18 years' legal experience in addition, she is fluent in German. Mark Gullotta has 10 years' experience and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

This mix of experience and skills provides clients with valuable counsel in shaping their estate planning strategies.

We have your will and estate planning needs covered:
Whether it's estate planning strategy or courtroom tactics, Thirkell Law Group provides you with comprehensive estate planning and administration legal services:

-Estate planning We advise you on an array of estate planning matters, including creation of and subsequent amendments to wills, tax issues, estate creation and protection strategies, the selection of an appropriate executor, and decisions about whether to deploy guardianships, living wills and living and other types of trusts.

-Trust Administration/Will Probate If you've been named the administrator or executor of a will, look to us to provide you with counsel regarding the filing of the will with the probate court, the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate, even how to locate beneficiaries and value estate assets. If you've been named a trustee, we can advise you on the management of assets and trust financial reporting as well.

-Conservatorships Thirkell Law Group helps you provide for an elderly parent or disabled adult child when you're gone. Besides giving counsel, we help you select a qualified trustee for each conservatorship you create.

-Trust Litigation When disputes arise regarding the administration of a will or trust, there's no need to seek additional litigation counsel. Years of experience eminently qualify Thirkell Law Group to represent plaintiff or defendant in court.

Main Office

The Law Office of Mark Gullotta
1001 Bayhill Drive
2nd Floor
San Bruno, CA 94066


(650) 419-3336


(650) 348-2968

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, Thirkell Law Group 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.

Drafting 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.

Thirkell Law Group can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may want to update your will throughout your life. Thirkell Law Group 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.

Edward D. Thirkell

Thirkell Law Group

ISLN: 903191317

Practice Areas:
Trust Law; Probate; Estate Planning Law; Conservatorship; Estate Litigation

Admitted: 1970, California

Law School: Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, J.D.

Member: San Mateo County Bar Association; State Bar of California.

Biography: Faculty, Hastings College of Advocacy, 1977. Deputy District Attorney, San Mateo County, 1970-1976. National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1972. Former District Attorney Trial Lawyer.

Birthplace: San Mateo, California

Cases: Estate of Heggstad (1993) 16 Cal.App.4th 943
Estate of Dito (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 791


Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
Juris Doctorate,

Julia E. Lingys

Thirkell Law Group

ISLN: 912427896

Practice Areas
Probate Administration; Conservatorship; Estate Litigation

Admitted:1995, California

Law School: University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D.

Member: State Bar of California.

Biography: Phi Beta Kappa. Recipient: Willson Honor Key for Highest G.P.A. of Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991; California State Bar Wiley Manuel Award, University of California, Davis.

Birthplace: San Francisco, California

Languages: German


University of California, Davis, School of Law
Juris Doctorate,