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When a Loved One Dies


Serving Families & Individuals in Palo Alto, CA and the Surrounding Areas

Death can take a tremendous toll on a family. In addition to the emotional turmoil, survivors must deal with a number of financial and tax issues, some of them mundane and some quite complex.

We provide care and guidance to ease your stress and confusion during probate and estate administration.

It's difficult to know what to do first

When someone dies, the family or named executor often does not know what to do first. We counsel you and your family on the steps you need to take immediately and on those that can wait until you’re more prepared to deal with them.

Despite people's best intentions, families often fight when someone dies. Probate and related proceedings often end up in disputes, including contests of wills and trusts, construction (interpretation) of wills and trusts, disputed ownership, claims for debts or services rendered, division of personal property, proceedings to retrieve assets from individuals who received them improperly, and other areas too numerous to list.

In those instances where family members don't all get along, we can act as a buffer. If a contest arises, we try to settle it to our clients' satisfaction.

If you live outside the San Francisco Bay Area, we can arrange everything from securing your loved one’s possessions, to having bills paid or services stopped, meeting gardeners and contactors to make sure the house doesn't fall into disrepair, to selling the house… and more.

Tax-related services

  • Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
  • Power of Attorney
  • Negotiating IRS Payments & Settlements
  • Tax Planning

Estate planning services

  • Charitable Giving
  • Living Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Living Wills
  • Drafting Trusts and Wills
  • Probate Estate Administration
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Revocable Trust & Irrevocable Trust

Learn more

Learn more about California probate attorney Janet Brewer.

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Law Office of Janet L. Brewer

(650) 325-8276

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Law Office of Janet Brewer

2501 Park Boulevard, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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The Law Office of Janet L. Brewer provides comprehensive planning in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, International Estate Planning, Estate Planning for Non-Residents, Probate & Trust Administration, Charitable Planning, Special Needs Planning & Trusts, Estate Tax Planning, Business Succession Planning and Asset Protection for Business Owners and Professionals. Janet has offices in Palo Alto, CA and serves the entire surrounding area, including Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Portola Valley, Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley.

Copyright © IMS. All rights reserved. You may reproduce materials available at this site for your own personal use and for non-commercial distribution. All copies must include this copyright statement. Some artwork provided under license agreement.

Janet L. Brewer is Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Information on this website, including any testimonial or endorsement, does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.