The Trusts and Estates Law Blog aspires to inform the general public and professionals in the estate planning community, including fiduciaries, CPAs and attorneys, about trusts and estates litigation, estate planning, elder law, estate & gift tax and all of the facets of estate and probate administration. The blog’s objective is to serve as a forum to discuss issues concerning trusts and wills.

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Kay Brooks
Shareholder

Kay is a shareholder in the firm’s Estate Planning, Tax & Fiduciary Abuse group. She is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Kay advises individuals and families on all aspects of estate and tax planning, including family trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health care documents, life insurance trusts, education trusts, charitable giving, business succession planning, gifting programs, and family business entities such as limited liability companies and family limited partnerships. She also assists clients with estate and gift tax issues, and probate and trust administrations.

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Janet Z. Chediak
Of Counsel

Janet is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. She advises individuals about all aspects of estate and tax planning, including as to trusts, wills, and powers of attorney. She also assists clients with estate and gift tax issues, property tax issues, real estate issues, and probate and trust administration issues, including advising executors, administrators, and trustees.

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Kelly Dankbar
Shareholder

Kelly is a shareholder in the firm’s Estate Planning, Tax and Fiduciary Abuse and Litigation groups. Kelly was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996, after receiving her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in December of 1995. Kelly focuses her practice on estate and trust litigation, financial/fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, trust and probate administration, and conservatorships. Kelly also has extensive trial, mediation and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high profile trust disputes and elder financial abuse cases.

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Ed Corey
Shareholder

Ed is a shareholder in the firm’s Trusts and Estates: Planning, Administration, and Litigation group. Ed’s practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, contested trust administrations, probate, and contested conservatorships. Ed has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation, and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high-profile trust and elder financial abuse cases in Northern California.

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Mary deLeo
Shareholder

Mary is a senior attorney in the firm’s Estate Planning, Tax & Fiduciary Abuse group. She advises individuals and families on all aspects of estate and trust and probate litigation, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, trust and probate controversies, conservatorships, guardianships, fiduciary counseling, trust and probate administration, elder law and public benefits planning.

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Hilary Lamar
Shareholder

As a shareholder in the firm’s Estate Planning, Tax & Fiduciary Abuse group, Hilary counsels individuals and businesses in all aspects of estate and tax planning, including trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, health care documents, life insurance trusts, education trusts, charitable giving, gifting programs, and family business entities such as limited liability companies and family limited partnerships. She also assists clients with estate and gift tax issues, and probate and trust administration, including advising executors, administrators, and trustees.

Allison Pedrazzi (“Allie”) is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, where she works with families and individuals in all aspects of estate planning, trust and probate administration, and related real estate, tax and business succession issues. Allie draws on her personal experience with her family’s trust administration to assist families in evaluating their goals and options before crafting detailed and personalized plans.

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Carlena L. Tapella
Of Counsel

Carlena Tapella is Of Counsel in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group. Her practice encompasses all areas of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation and administration.

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Daniel C. Kim
Senior Attorney

Daniel Kim is a Shareholder in Weintraub Tobin’s Trusts and Estates Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on all aspects of Trusts and Estates litigation including fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse, contested trust administrations, probate, and contested conservatorships.

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Danielle Diebert
Associate

Danielle is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested trust and probate administration, and contested conservatorships.

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Leslie R. Kolafa
Associate

Leslie is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested trust administrations, probate, contested conservatorships, and elder abuse. Leslie also represents clients in uncontested matters such as trust and estate administrations, conservatorships, and fiduciary representation.

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Sophia Y. Cizmarik
Associate

Sophia is an associate in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group.  She focuses on estate planning, trust administration and probate matters.