Tuesday - March 26, 2019

Liza Weiman Hanks Estate Planning Associate

Liza Hanks has been an estate planner since 2001, focusing exclusively on estate planning, creating trusts and wills for families of all ages, as well as trust administration and probate services. Officially, the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, recognizes her as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law.
In 2001, after the birth of her son, she left a large Silicon Valley law firm to start a solo practice focused on making a positive difference to children and families. Eight years later, she joined Finch Montgomery Wright LLP, in Palo Alto, as a partner. In between, she taught Estate Planning and Taxation at Santa Clara University Law School 2003-2006.
Always, Liza’s focus has been to provide personalized, attentive, high-quality and affordable family estate planning.
These days, Liza assists her clients in drafting living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives. She also assists trustees and executors in trust administration and probate. Liza says, “I love teaching my clients so that they feel confident and competent during both estate planning and trust administration/probate. In my opinion, there's no such thing as a 'dumb question.'”
A 1996 graduate of Stanford Law School, Liza is a former magazine editor, and the mother of two children. She still tries to schedule her days in order to allow her to pick her kids up after school.
In addition to practicing estate planning law, she has written three books, Estate Planning for Busy Families, The Mom's Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, and The Trustee's Legal Companion, all published by Nolo and available in bookstores on- and offline.

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