Clear, Effective Advice and Determined Representation

Our firm exists to provide advice and preparation of estate planning documents for individuals, married couples and domestic partners, as well as non-traditional couples. We give our clients the estate plans they deserve, not the default arrangements set by the State of California. Our well-crafted documents protect families, conserve assets, avoid or minimize taxation, and provide peace of mind.

  • Special Needs Trusts 
  • Wealth Preservation Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Asset Protection Trusts
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Health Care Directives

Litigation: tRusts & Estates

 Litigation attorneys, San Francisco, Trusts and Estates, O'Neil and Rueppel 

Our firm provides vigorous and detail-oriented legal representation in disputes over trust and estates. We have recovered millions of dollars in assets for our clients after wrongful attempts to rob them of their inheritance. We have protected trustees and executors from attacks upon the validity of documents and the ownership of property. Our experience and knowledge, along with our respectful but determined manner, make for a powerful tool in any trust and estate dispute.

  • Trust and will contests
  • Removal of trustees/executors
  • Compelling accountings and accountability
  • Financial elder abuse claims
  • Enforcing financial powers of attorney
  • Financial power of attorney
  • Probate Code Section 850 petitions

Trust Administration

 Trust Administration, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Marin, San Francisco Trusts and Estate Attorneys, Lawyers, O'Neil and Rueppel

Our highly trained and experienced attorneys, in conjunction with your accountants and financial planners, can assist and advise you in the process of properly administering revocable and irrevocable trusts. Numerous pitfalls await the unwary trustee. Our advice can help protect trustees from liability, preserve and protect trust assets, and help avoid costly court battles.

Probate Proceedings

 Probate Proceedings, San Francisco Probate Attorneys, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Martin, Berkeley, O'Neil and Rueppel, Probate Lawyer

Navigating the court probate process in California can be very disheartening. On top of dealing with the grief and shock of the loss of a loved one, a probate process involves expense, delay, and seemingly endless paperwork required by a fussy court clerk with their own sense of how things should work. Our firm can smooth the way by handling all court paperwork, hearings, and other necessary tasks.  Best of all, our fees are paid out of the estate at the end of the proceeding, not out of your own pocket.

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 Conservatorships, Attorneys San Francisco, Estate Planning Lawyers, Conservators, San Francisco Lawyers, Palo Alto, Marin, Berkeley, O'Neil and Rueppel 

Conservatorships involve a court proceeding which appoints someone to manage an adult’s finances or health. Our conservatorship practice represents appointed conservators, conservatees, and other interested parties in negotiating the complicated process.


 Attorneys for Foundations, Endowment Lawyers, Attorneys, San Francisco, Bay Area Attorneys, Litigation Attorneys, O'Neil and Rueppel

San Francisco is a city rich with foundations and endowments that benefit the educational institutions and the public at large. Sometimes foundations need assistance with protecting their financial interests. Other times, court proceedings are necessary to loosen-up restrictions on the way their assets can be used or invested. Our foundation practice assists non-profits in carrying out their mission effectively.