Estate Planning Lawyer Michael Abrate announced as 2018 California Super Lawyer Rising Star

We are excited to announce that our Estate Planning Attorney, Michael Abrate, has been selected for the 2018 Super Lawyer Rising Star List. This is the second straight year that Mike has achieved this elite recognition. To be considered for this honor that only recognizes 2.5% of eligible lawyers, attorneys must first be nominated by their peers.

“To be included on the California Super Lawyer Rising Stars List for a second straight year is a great honor. I am proud that my peers consider the dedicated work I provide our clients to be of the highest quality.”

Michael Abrate

California Super Lawyer Rising Star Selection Process

The selection process for the California Super Lawyer Rising Star List is conducted by the Super Lawyers lawyer rating service, a Thompson Reuters company. The patented multiphase selection process begins with a round of peer nominations. The nominees are then evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only attorneys that score in the top 2.5% of all nominees are selected to the list. In addition to the selection process, the attorneys must also be under the age of 40 and in practice for less than 10 years. You can read more about the selection process on their website.

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Continued Focus on Estate Planning Highlighted with Selection

Since partnering with fellow attorney Daniel Olsen to start the Abrate & Olsen Law Group in 2014, Mike and Dan have focused on providing clients and their families with the dedication and understanding they deserve. They understand the importance of developing a solid estate plan that will detail the exact wishes clients have when providing for their loved ones.

Man signing estate planning legal documents

There are many legal forms that may be included when creating an estate plan. The first step in understanding what forms may be beneficial to their clients is taking the time to meet with each client and their family to learn about their unique situation, concerns and goals. Once the goals have been established, Mike and Dan will recommend the best legal strategy, tailored to each client. Their estate planning strategies may include:

  • Wills and Living Trusts
  • Gift Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Reallocation of Assets and Beneficiary Designations
  • Preparing Estate Tax Forms
  • Preparing Gift Tax Forms

Estate Planning Protects Your Loved ones and Guards Your Assets

You have spent most of your life providing for your family and loved ones. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney is the best way to protect and provide for them in an uncertain future. Taking the time to put the needed legal documents in place provides you peace of mind that your wishes will be followed and your final arrangements are understood.

A proper estate plan will not only legally establish your wishes, but will also protect your family from unnecessary probate proceedings. Probate court can put an unwanted burden on your loved ones, extend the process of distributing your assets, and add court costs to the process. Additionally, with the absence of a proper will or trust, the government will have final say on how your assets are distributed among your heirs. We have successfully helped many clients just like you avoid this unnecessary process.

Begin Your Estate Planning Process Now

The Abrate and Olsen Law Group has extensive experience representing clients in Northern California with their estate planning needs. If you are ready to begin developing a plan to ensure that the future of your loved ones is secure, call us today to set up a consultation.

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