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  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne M.
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I will certainly call Diablo LDA & Attorney Services for my trust and other legal matters.

Basic Document Services
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Diane D.
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David got the job done at a very reasonable price. I wish I had started with him earlier since getting through the court system is not so easy and using a lawyer for an uncontested divorce is not necessary.

  • 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.

  • 4 years in business
Amy J.
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He assisted me with a landlord/tenant dispute. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him as an attorney.

Integrate Legacy Law
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Michael F.
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The job Integrate law legacy is doing is outstanding. They make it very easy for me because they explain everything that I need to do and why. They're very informative and I enjoy working with the lawyers. They are very down to earth people and communicate things well.

Jamin Horn
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mandar R.
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Jamin Horn provided consultation on real estate questions we had. He was quick to respond and a great help.

Stephanie D.
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I just completed updating my Trust, Will and Health Directive. From locating and gathering the required documents to making life and death decisions, the process can be daunting for sure. Thanks to Jocelyn Wong-Rolle, an Oakland attorney who specializes in Estate Planner, the process was painless. She is meticulous in thought and action, and patiently guided me through the completion of the documents. Another one of her positive attributes is that she responds to all emails in a timely manner no matter how trivial the question. It is a satisfying feeling knowing I have my personal matters in order. I highly recommend Ms. Wong-Rolle; you will not be disappointed in the results!

rui | attorneys
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 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.

  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jaime P.
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Jeff is extremely knowledgeable in the real estate law. I am being wrongfully evicted and harassed. Jeff has shown compassion and has committed himself to defending our tenant right. He does what he says! He's as aggressive as he needs to be at the right moment. I highly recommend Jeff Connor if you need an affordable honest attorney.

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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LaVelle Law Offices
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Luis R.
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A very modivated Attorney and quick to respond back to you with any questions I have. A very compassionate person toward me and my needs. A very good price in attorneys fees. Thank you so much.

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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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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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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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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).

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Full estate plans include revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorneys for health care and finances, medical wills or directives, and trust deeds (up to 2) for real property. Couples with estates of less than $5 million will pay a flat fee of $2200.00

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I am an estate planning attorney with over 35 years of practice experience, and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law (California Board of Legal Specialization). My law practice is devoted exclusively to helping families with avoiding conservatorship, avoiding probate, and planning for the inheritance they wish to pass to children or other heirs. I prepare high quality, customized living trust estate plans. Flat fees are charged for most legal services. I personally handle all meetings, drafting of living trusts, and other estate planning documents, and signing of all documents. I do not use paralegals, legal secretaries or outside services of any kind. I also offer free living trust seminars at my office and other public venues.

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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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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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I am a mobile local attorney providing multiple options for levels of legal advice, representation, and document preparation for tiered rates based on the level of legal services. I provide extensive civil litigation experience throughout the Bay Area. I have a local legal authority regarding debt and collections.

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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.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

  • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
  • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
  • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
  • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
  • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
  • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
  • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  

What does a real estate lawyer do?

A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

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

Do I need a real estate lawyer?

Whether you need a real estate lawyer depends on what kind of legal assistance you need. In many states (such as Vermont and Maine), you are required to hire a real estate lawyer to handle the closing documents of a home sale. The lawyer may prepare the deed, examine the title, review purchase and sale paperwork, work directly with the lender, and more. In title states such as California and Nevada, you do not need a real estate lawyer to buy or sell a home. Typically sales are handled by escrow agents, title companies or lenders. However, you may opt to hire a real estate lawyer to handle closing — even if it’s not required — to ensure your interests are protected.

You may also need a real estate lawyer are when you are negotiating a large property purchase or development deal, or if you are declaring bankruptcy or have a property that’s going into foreclosure. If a property dispute has escalated beyond mediation, a real estate lawyer can advocate for your interests. If you prefer to remain (relatively) anonymous in property ownership, you may have a real estate lawyer represent you and negotiate deals for you. It can be a costly investment, with national average hourly rates ranging from $150 to $350 or more, but legal representation can offer peace of mind and protection of your financial interests.

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.

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