COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the county and statewide shelter-in-place orders I am not meeting in-person with clients at my office, but I am still accepting clients and meeting “virtually” via telephone and Zoom.
I am also not offering notary services at this time. If you need a notary, please see this PDF document with notarization options. My clients have obtained notary services using these options.
Approximately 1/2 of my law practice is comprised of estate planning, trust administration, and estate probate services:
- I prepare estate planning documents for individuals with modest to large estates. I also prepare documents required in special cases such as for an incapacitated person. My clients recognize the importance of estate planning, appreciate my personalized service, and benefit from my attention to detail.
- I handle probates throughout California and I expedite the process when permitted by law. Clients select me due to my experience and efficiency rather than on cost considerations since in California probate fees are set by statute.
- I provide legal counsel to trustees of trusts with asset sizes ranging from modest to more than $100 million. My clients include people who require occasional assistance and people that desire assistance with the entire process.
- I prepare Supplemental or Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs) for clients needing more advanced estate planning.
- I offer estate plan reviews to ensure that older estate plans are still valid and effective, since there have been significant changes in Federal Inheritance Tax law.
The remainder of my law practice is comprised of “common-sense legal counsel” to investors, start-ups, and established companies located in or doing business in California. My services in this area include:
- Real estate purchases and sales
- Real estate lease negotiations and lease drafting
- Legal opinion letters for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans
- Formation of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships
- Contracts and leases
- Confidentiality agreements
- Independent contractor and employee matters
- Trademarks and copyrights
- Business purchases, sales, and entity dissolutions
- International business
My practice is built on clients’ personal recommendations and referrals. (I don’t advertise.) The Halpern Law Office has been providing high quality legal services to clients since 2002.