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Why Estate Planning is Important for Families

Member Presentation by Jennifer Martin

My practice focuses on estate planning and litigation.

I help clients create comprehensive estate plans, often including a revocable or living trust, but can also create more complex trust instruments like Special Needs Trusts. I also help clients revise their existing estate plans, especially to eliminate the outdated A/B trust structure. When clients want to make a gift, I work with their CPA and financial advisor to structure it for maximum benefit.

On the litigation side, I help probate uncontested estates and defend executors against frivolous challenges. I also help clients administer trusts, making sure that they follow the proper formalities. If conflict arises, I help trustees resolve the matter in court only after every other option has been exhausted. I also help concerned beneficiaries pursue their rights to accountability and communicate from trustees and to challenge estate plans that may have been tainted by undue influence or fraud. Finally, I work with families concerned about their loved one’s mental capacity to establish conservatorships, giving them the ability to provide needed care and oversight.

Estate issues are, at their core, family issues. From drafting to litigation, I am here to guide clients to the best possible outcome for their family.

About Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is a partner at JARRATT MARTIN LAW, LLP, an estate

law, mediation and family law firm in Pleasanton. Her practice focuses on

estate planning, probate and trust administration, contested probate

litigation, conservatorships and business succession planning.

Jennifer grew up in Pleasanton and is a graduate of Amador Valley High

School. She has a B.A. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from

Rutgers School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in New Jersey,

Pennsylvania and California.

Jennifer is a big believer in providing pro bono legal services and is a a volunteer with the Alameda County Day of Court program, helping self- represented litigants get orders in their family law cases. Jennifer also enjoys sharing her knowledge about estate planning with organizations and groups across the Bay Area.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching hockey with her dog Jones.


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