A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce – Jan 9th

San Mateo County Superior Court
400 County Center
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
Redwood City, CA 94063
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Join speaker Sarah A. Brooks for a presentation on “A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce” on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at noon. Ms. Brooks will provide an overview of the nuances of both death and divorce and how the probate code and the family law code intersect when an individual dies during a family law dispute.

The discussion will cover a basic understanding of the proper characterization of community and separate property assets and how they will ultimately be distributed to the spouse/former spouse, beneficiaries, or heirs as well as other issues to consider when administering a decedent’s trust or estate.

Sarah A. Brooks is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Sarah focuses her practice on litigation arising from trust, estate, and conservatorship matters, including elder abuse litigation. A fierce advocate, she has successfully represented professional fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and others in all stages of litigation.

Cost: FREE but must RSVP.

Log-in on the SMCBA website to RSVP by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or contact Sabrina M. Johnson. Please sign up as early as possible, and please let us know if your plans change.

Lunch will be provided by the SMCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.

1 hour of MCLE Credit will be provided.

EP Section – Estate Planning For Same Sex and Unmarried Couples – July 18

San Mateo Elks Lodge
229 W. 20th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403

Join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, July 18, 2019 for a presentation on Estate Planning For Same Sex and Unmarried Couples: 4 Years Post-Obergefell.

Alma Soongi Beck of Lakin Spears LLP will provide an overview of estate planning for LGBTQ People and unmarried couples, and its evolution over her 18+ years of practice in this area.  The discussion will cover the evolving landscape of local, county, and state domestic partnership registration and recognition, property tax issues for people not married and not state-registered domestic partners, considerations for health care directives, and a practitioner’s perspective of planning in this area four years beyond the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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 of MCLE credit.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or contact the program coordinator, Jim Griffiths at smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.  For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com 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: Events 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.

EP – New Attorneys Event: Court Updates with Peter MacLaren – May 9th


San Mateo County Superior Court
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

The New Attorneys Section of the SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section presents a luncheon with Court Research Attorney, Peter MacLaren. Peter is an experienced research attorney dealing with the numerous and interesting issues that are heard at the Probate Court. Peter will discuss topics of interest to attorneys new to the Probate Court process and provide tips for working effectively with the Probate Court Staff and the Court itself.

Please send any questions you might want answered ahead of time along with your RSVP.

Cost: The event is FREE to all new attorneys but must RVSP. Lunch and one hour of MCLE will be provided.

Registration: Click here to register online or RSVP by Tuesday May 7, 2019 to Sabrina M. Johnson at sabrinamjohnson.esq@gmail.com.

Space is limited. Please sign up early as this promises to be a well-attended event.

Lunch will be provided by the SMCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.