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Browse these estate attorneys with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Jose.

  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne M.
Verified review

I will certainly call Diablo LDA & Attorney Services for my trust and other legal matters.

Talbot Law Firm
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Panthika L.
Verified review

I had the fortunate opportunity to hire Ashley from Talbot Law Firm as my attorney. She was extremely supportive, ethical and professional with me and my case. There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for me to help me. She guided me and educated me with the laws pertaining to my case and made sure I knew what my options were. She was honest and forthright with me and never let me feel that I couldn't get through it. I would highly recommend Ashley for your family law attorney. You won't find anyone better!

Basic Document Services
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Diane D.
Verified review

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.

  • 11 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Joel Z.
Verified review

Just started the process but so far so good. We had scheduled an appt for a consultation at 12:45. He called me exactly at 12:45, he started the process right away and seems very organize and on top of things, which is what I was looking for. I tried to schedule other appointments with other lawyers and they called me back like 6 hours after I tried. I’m very sure that’s hes gonna do whatever it takes.

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Michael G.
Verified review

I have worked with a lot of lawyers over the years and I feel very lucky to have finally found a law office, that has very reasonable fees, and great service. Thank you Elizabeth L. Martin .

  • 25 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Shakur A.
Verified review

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.

Jamin Horn
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mandar R.
Verified review

Jamin Horn provided consultation on real estate questions we had. He was quick to respond and a great help.

Guardian Counsel
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Scott P.
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Michael has helped me with several probates. He really cares about his clients, and it shows!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey B.
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We met with David Stromberg for a consultation this morning that lasted over three hours. He was extremely professional, very engaging, asked all the right questions and made us all feel very confident that he had our best interests in mind and would assist us in any way he could. I walked into the meeting very upset and dejected and left the meeting feeling that we had put our futures in the hands of a very competent attorney. I would highly recommend David to anyone who requires a Corporate Litigation Attorney.

  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Todd B.
Verified review

John was the primary legal counsel for the Yerba Buena Island Residence Mutual Benefit Corporation. He worked to generate the legal correspondence between us and Treasure Island Development Authority. In this complex and ongoing issue John has been a great asset & solid legal counsel

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5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lilly L.
Verified review

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.

  • 23 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ferron-Keith A.
Verified review

Curtious reception and easy conversation with attorney. His knowledge of my type of issues and previous experience in this field added to my confidence in this law firms ability to represent my case going forward.

  • 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.

Law Office of Sara Dorosti
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elliot K.
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My wife and I worked with Sara on our estate planning. Throughout the experience, Sara was exquisitely professional and thorough. She helped us understand the legal and financial implications of our decisions in plain English, making the complex ordeal easy and approachable. I would highly recommend Sara's services to anyone seeking trustworthy guidance.

DIVORCE WITH DIGNITY
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joshua B.
Verified review

Dawn and her team went out their way to assist me even taking calls and making appointments on scheduled vacation days. Very informative and as good as an attorney if you ask me. Thanks Dawn!

Vaksman Khalfin, PC
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel H.
Verified review

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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LaVelle Law Offices
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Luis R.
Verified review

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.

Bains Law Firm
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Alexander M.
Verified review

Helped me with child support hearing, documents. Very professional,knowledgable,great attention to details. Affordable. Prompt replies every time, even on Sunday evening.definitely recommend and would work with again. Exceeded expectations.

  • 6 years in business
Joel L.
Verified review

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.

  • 32 years in business
John G.
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Scott has been my business attorney for 20 years. I could not be more satisfied. He has helped me with drafting and negotiating commercial leases, business contracts, employment issues, partnership agreements, and lots more. Scott is an extremely honest, principled, and hard working attorney who does the best possible job for his clients. Through 31 years of experience he knows the ropes. You cannot do better than Scott.

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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

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.

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.

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