Preparing for my grand exit
April 28, 2011 9:33 AM   Subscribe

Can anybody recommend a good estate attorney in San Francisco? We want to set up a will, and we undoubtedly need the whole estate-planning package (power of attorney, living trusts, etc).

Before calling the Bar Association of SF referral service I thought I'd see if anybody here has had a good experience with a local law firm.

Hubby and I have some property and stocks but it's not a huge amount. We have no kids so we want to leave the whole shebang to a charity. Can the charity be the executor?

How much should I expect to pay? Are there "red flag" amounts - too low, too high?

Office in San Francisco would be best, but East Bay or Peninsula would be OK.

Thanks in advance!
posted by Quietgal to Law & Government (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have personal experience with any of the following attorneys, but a friend recently needed an estate attorney and I got the following recommendations from the other attorneys at my firm:

Caroline Himshaw
Gloria Park (in Alameda)
John Mangini (described as a "reasonably priced specialist" and in Daly City)
Lawrence Beck
Gary Rothstein (was described as likely to be expensive, but worth it)
Debbie Kaspar
Ellen Kahn
posted by wuzandfuzz at 9:50 AM on April 28, 2011

I have personal experience with Greg Menzel in San Mateo and can recommend him - he did a very good job with our estate planning (we have kids and a house, FWIW). I felt his price was fair.

Disclosure: He was recommended to us by my brother-in-law, who is a CPA, and I am sure their offices mutually refer one another when asked.
posted by mosk at 10:32 AM on April 28, 2011

The estate planning department at Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn in Burlingame is excellent.
posted by Boogiechild at 12:38 PM on April 28, 2011

I haven't worked directly with Catherine Tullner, but I find her very smart and thoughtful, and would recommend her.
posted by judith at 5:37 PM on May 1, 2011

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