My practice is guided by the following core beliefs:
It is my mission to make sure clients have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their finances and their future. By learning about your hopes, concerns, and priorities, I can provide you with a range of options that allow you to move forward, confident that your needs -- and those of your family members -- are being met.
I strive to be more than just the person who prepares your legal documents. I want to be a trusted counselor and advisor -- someone you can call long after your plan is complete to share an important event in your life, ask a question, or raise a concern.
I have been practicing law for almost 30 years and am committed to providing you with the highest level of service possible. I will return phone calls and e-mails in a timely manner, meet agreed-to deadlines, and produce final documents that are clear and understandable.
I am a husband, father, brother, and a son. Like every family, we have experienced our share of illness and death. I’ve seen first-hand the difference that advanced planning can make, especially when a loved one becomes incapacitated or dies unexpectedly. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2000 and died just a few months later. I regret that I didn't know his wishes during the time he was incapacitated, including his end-of-life choices. As a husband and father, I want to make sure my family knows my desires. I want to do the same for you.
I value relationships. I want to know your story and your dreams and to prepare a plan that meets your needs and aligns with your values. I look forward to earning your confidence and being your trusted advisor throughout the estate-planning process.
I try to live by the golden rule - treat others as you want to be treated. I appreciate a "hello" from a stranger, a compliment or a kind word, and a good deed. In turn, I strive to be friendly and approachable and to make sure those around me know I care about their happiness and well-being.
We each have a role to play in creating a strong and safe Oakland, where every individual and family can thrive. I have seen first-hand, through many years of involvement with Habitat for Humanity, what is possible when people work together and support one another.