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Vacaville Estate Planners

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The Legal Doc
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 42 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia D.
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My attorney recommended I use a document preparation service to save cost in our Estate battle until my niece gets an attorney. This was the best advice! I hired Kathleen to file an objection. Her knowledge of forms and the filing process astounds me to this day! I must say, I am a good client as I had my information ready and in good order. ParaLegals are not "Attorneys" and will tell you this upfront. If you know what you need to do but need help filing and preparing your document correctly, I HIGHLY recommend hiring Kathleen. As it turns out there was more property owned by my father. I hired Kathleen again to prepare each of these documents as well.

LDA4You
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie H.
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Andrew at LDA4You helped me incorporate my business. He was very helpful and able to answer my questions about the process. I have already referred his sservices to others and plan on following up with my own Will and Trust soon.

CInder Law
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Patti W.
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She doesn't leave a stone unturned. I'm very impressed with her knowledge and expertise in estate planning.

Integrate Legacy Law
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Judith S.
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Kamela Laird is exceptional at what she does. She helped us navigate setting up a trust and wills easily and with great care. She is warm, totally approachable and highly professional. If there are areas she does not deal with she is well connected and will recommend others you can trust. We highly recommend her for your legacy needs.

Jamin Horn
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
David W.
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I used Thumbtack to find an attorney to explore a complex real estate issue involving condominium law, fire and building codes and a soft story retrofit program and was refered to Jamin Horn. He responded quickly to my initial request. We have had a series of very comprehensive telephone conversations about my current legal situation. He seems very knowledgable about the many different aspects of my particular situation and has provided very clear, directed opinions and advice regarding my next steps. I found Jamin to very professional and considerate, asking appropriate and probing questions. He feels like my advocate, very willing to explore available legal options. I would absolutely choose Jamin to represent me when I need to continue my legal journey. Thanks, Jamin!

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!

Edward Joy, Attorney at Law
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karene A.
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I approached Edward needing estate planning advice, and he provided me with comprehensive assistance, even with my limited budget. He is knowledgeable and thoughtful and provided a personal approach tailored to my specific needs. I highly recommend him.

Don G.
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My wife and I have been putting our estate planning off for years. We finally made an appointment with Mr. Burk and accomplished the chore in no time. Mr. Burk explained everything to us so we were very happy with everything. Very pleasant man and his office staff was great also.

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I represent clients in matters involving agriculture and water, business law, tax, and estate planing and probate. My client list includes individuals, farmers, business owners and small and medium-sized companies. Based on my extensive business background and legal experience, I can advise a client on personal estate planning and tax matters, as well as business matters such as entity formation issues, transactional matters and wealth transfer planning.

  • 17 years in business
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We are a boutique firm that mainly does transactional work in the fields of Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Intellectual Property.

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Custom legal services at flat rates. Virtual law offices equals reduced expense to our clients.

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The Law Offices of Jack S. Johal specializes in all areas of estate planning, probate administration, wealth transfer planning, asset protection, business and commercial law, tax law, real estate and contracts.

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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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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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The Law Office of Tonya J. Hernandez is dedicated to offering clients competent and courteous representation in bankruptcy, divorce, civil matters or estate planning. The Law Office of Tonya J. Hernandez is here to help you. We offer free consultations so you can have your questions answered and needs addressed by compassionate and knowledgeable professionals. Call us anytime or visit us at our website for more information. Thank you for considering the Law Office of Tonya J. Hernandez to assist you in your legal matter.

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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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The Bedell Law Office provides effective and personal service to help with your legal needs in the areas of estate planning, probate, and financial planning. Jeffrey Bedell can help you overcome the difficulties of planning for the future.

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When you are in need of compassionate and sensitive counsel in estate planning matters, you should turn to the team at MacFarlane Legal, Inc. They carefully assist Californians in issues of future planning. The firm’s detail-oriented team works to analyze every detail and angle of your situation to make sure your interests are reflected. Also, they offer legal representation in issues of probate. Obtain your consultation, and learn more about what estate planning can mean for you; call their team today.

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I tailor my services to each client's needs and situation because I know each person’s life is unique. I have successfully represented hundreds of clients in all matters relating to living trusts, estate planning, probate, business formation and planning, and real estate and elder law. My philosophy for success is simple: My success is tied to your success. When you have peace of mind and your affairs are in order, I can trust that I have done what is necessary to secure your family's future.

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We offer estate planning, estate administration, elder law and long-term care planning for clients in Northern California.

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We handle all aspects of estate planning including wills and trusts, trust administration, trust litigation and Medi-Cal planning. We are experienced in real estate law and provide legal advice about short sales and foreclosures.

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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