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Robert E. Temmerman, Jr., and John A. Hartog frequently serve as opposing expert witnesses in major California trust and estate cases. They will present an in-depth analysis on the kinds of expert witness testimony that trust and estate attorneys frequently require in contested matters. Beginning with an overview of California case law and statutes that govern expert witness testimony, the speakers will discuss how these rules relate to expert witness testimony in connection with applicable standards of care for both trustee breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence cases for trust and estate lawyers. The speakers will also draw on their own extensive experience (often on opposing sides) to discuss the techniques and strategies of utilizing an effective expert witness in a contested trust and estate matter.

Cost: $40 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section who inform us in advance that they will attend and $55 for others. Cost includes lunch and 1 hour MCLE.

Registration and Information:Please login on the SMCBA website to register for this event or contact the program coordinator, Jim Griffiths at or fax (510) 588-4543.  For questions about this event, please email or fax (510) 588-4543.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to SMCBA and send to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Barbara Guzman or bring a check with you to the event. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

From Highway 92, Exit El Camino Real South. Turn right (west) at the first traffic light onto 20th Avenue. The Elks Lodge is three blocks west on 20th Avenue on your left.