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Pleasanton Probate Attorneys

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  • 43 years in business
Chris S.
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Great Estate Planning Services! Both Roy and Justin are thorough. Although initially there was a misunderstanding in beneficiary designation (due to our complex family structure) everything worked out great. We like the fact that we can send questions to the attorneys at no charge.

  • 25 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Shakur A.
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If there were 1/2 stars I would have given a 4.5. Tim is deceptively good! He is proactive and leverages his people and negotiating skills for favorable results. If you are looking for results oriented counsel he is solid. His delivery and interaction is quirky but he drives to resolution.

Lois C.
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I worked with JWR for almost two years She would be my very first choice as an attorney that specializes in trust and financial matters. I would give her a five star rating in every category. She is knowledgeable cooperative patient with very difficult matters detail oriented prompt in responding to emails, etc. easy to understand and helpful in every regard possible She worked with a mother/daughter trust matter that was very complicated. Additionally assisted (along with a financial advisor) the setting up of a reverse mortgage.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jane C.
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I recommend David Chapman. I hired David a couple of years ago to help me resolve a debt dispute. David handled my Contracts & Agreements matter. Mr. Chapman created a solid, detailed settlement agreement and facilitated in the negotiation of terms between myself and the creditor. He did this effortlessly, met all deadlines, and even surprised me with how quickly we were able to reach a favorable settlement. Mr. Chapman's professional demeanor, honesty, and understanding of the law made me feel at peace when hiring an attorney and I look forward to working with him in the future.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lilly L.
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Mr. Lee is AMAZING, and will manage your situation - no matter how complex - with Dignity, Understanding, and Strength. He is Knowledgeable, Patient, Supportive, and firm. Moreover, he understands human nature AND the law. Even having worked in law, it is Rare to find an attorney who is actually interested in his clients' well being - first. That is what we have found and what you will find, too, in Michael Lee.

Vaksman Khalfin, PC
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  • 15 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel H.
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Vaksman Law Offices provided exceptional service in all regards. They answered all my questions quickly and thoroughly, and the entire process was easy, seamless and stress free. The level of knowledge the firm brought to the table was impressive and helped me strategically think through the problem at hand. Dealing with attorneys can typically be a frustrating situation, but Vaksman Law humanized the process and made me feel good about my final decisions while speaking to me in terms I can understand. I could not recommend their services more!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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  • 6 years in business
Joel L.
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As an attorney, you could not ask for a more passionate and dedicated advocate. Jamie's attention to detail and knowledge of Intellectual Property and contract law saved my company from what could have been significant losses.

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Fast, responsive, and efficient legal services for individuals and businesses.

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Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP combines competitive billing rates with truly top-notch legal representation in the areas of real estate, construction, business, employment, and trusts and estates. Thanks to our attorneys' more than 200 years of combined experience serving clients from our offices in San Jose and Newport Beach, we have earned a reputation as one of the preeminent law firms in the Bay Area and Southern California.

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I help clients plan their estates so that their wishes are carried out for themselves and for their intended beneficiaries. This includes preparation of the necessary estate planning documents, from wills to living trusts to powers of attorney to irrevocable trusts to gifting plans to gift tax returns. Likewise, I represent fiduciaries responsible for managing the financial or personal affairs of others, such as executors, administrators, trustees, conservators, guardians, agents, and attorneys-in-fact. This includes both matters subject to probate court supervision and matters not subject to court review. As part of these services. I also provide estate and gift tax advice, including preparation of estate and gift tax returns.

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Michael Notaro’s mission is to provide real estate owners, investors and developers with the finest quality legal service. Michael and his firm provide professional, “value-added” legal services to the real estate community. Our core values are integrity, service and excellence, and we value and cherish long-term client relationships. Zealous and aggressive representation is balanced with negotiating the best possible solution to your real estate problem. When our clients succeed, we succeed. We are counselors as well as advocates, and we communicate in clear, understandable language; we believe that our clients deserve to know what we do, why we do it, and how it benefits them.

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Steven M. Simrin is an attorney based in Oakland, California. His practice is throughout the Bay Area and all of California. He represents clients with probate, trust, conservatorship, and tax issues. Steven has more than 15 years of experience as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. Steven is a solo practitioner and prides himself on being readily accessible to all of his clients and highly responsive to their needs.

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We are a law office and a real estate broker. We do general practice. We do all phases of law, bankruptcy, divorce, custody, and evictions.

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Creighton Mendivil is a local attorney helping people in need with landlord-tenant issues (residential and commercial), contract issues, family law (domestic violence restraining orders, support and custody).

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Great estate planning begins with WealthPlan, a law practice dedicated to your estate preservation. Contact a San Jose estate planning attorney today to schedule your first consultation!

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Fremont Attorney Providing Aggressive Criminal Defense As a Fremont criminal defense lawyer, Adam provides representation for all types of DUI cases and other legal matters. For information about the services that our office provides, please feel free to browse around our website ARANTLAW.COM before giving us a call. We provide exceptional legal resources for all DUI defense and criminal matters, including theft crimes, drug crimes, DUI overview, DUI penalties, first DUI offense, multiple DUI offenses, felony DUI, DUI accidents, underage DUI, field sobriety tests, DUI and drugs, DMV hearings and more. A criminal defense attorney from our firm can also provide you with the information you need to know about your criminal charges.

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The Law Office of Mark Gullotta sensitively and compassionately guides people through estate planning, probate and trust administration issues. With over a decade of legal experience under their belts, they have extensive knowledge of relevant laws and the state court system. They are focused on ensuring your interests are reflected into the future, and they work with you through each step of the process. Schedule your consultation today by calling the firm.

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I specialize civil litigation and case management, focusing on employment and labor law, bankruptcy, family law and contract disputes. I have extensive trial and hearing experience. I have been involved in the legal field since 1987. I am admitted in the state and federal courts in California and Michigan. I practice in all courts in California and Michigan. I also provide estate planning on simple estates (less than $5,000,000).

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Matthew R. Mraule received his J.D. from Pepperdine University in 2007 and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2005. In 2002, he acquired a bachelor of science in viticulture and enology from University of California at Davis. He is currently pursuing an LL.M. in taxation law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Prior to obtaining his license to practice, he was a clerk for the Honorable Nat A. Agliano, formerly the presiding judge of the California Court of Appeals, 6th district. During his studies at Pepperdine, he was a clerk with the district attorney's office, Los Angeles County in a felony trials unit and assisted in the formation of L.A. County's victims' restitution department. After acquiring his license, Matt started a solo practice in his hometown of Salinas, CA, where he practiced primarily civil litigation. In 2010, he relocated to the East Bay with his wife, Sarah, and he now lives in Pleasant Hill.

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Timely, responsive to clients needs. Work within clients budgets and provide 30 minute free consult.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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