Firm Overview

TRAKTMAN LAW OFFICE

ESTATE PLANNING, REAL PROPERTY AND BUSINESS LAW LEGAL SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES: EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR YOUR UNIQUE SITUATION

TRAKTMAN LAW OFFICE is a Marin County (Novato) lawfirm, which caters to the needs of individuals and smaller businesses. We can provide estate planning and estate administration services, including living trust packages, charitable trusts, as well as estate litigation; real property services, including transactions, landlord/tenant and litigation; and business law services, including formation of business entities (corporations, LLCs and partnerships), contract drafting and advice, as well as business dispute representation and litigation.

There are many large law firms in the Bay Area which provide legal services for big business. However, if you are an individual or smaller local business, you may find these firms to be cold, impersonal and expensive, and that they lack the time to truly understand your specific circumstances. As a consequence, you may not end up with the results you expect.

In one instance, for example, a couple went to a well known firm for a Living Trust. They were given a nice document in beautiful leather binder, for which they were charged over $5000. However, it was a “canned trust”: a ‘one size fits all’ document which ignores individual desires and circumstances, and provides no insight into the choices available or help in getting the trust funded. In fact, the couple’s only contact with an actual lawyer was a five minute chat – after which they were handed off to a paralegal. The paralegal entirely missed the fact that the husband was not a U.S. citizen; as a result, certain language was not included so that the Trust would have resulted in extensive unnecessary estate taxes. Fortunately, this experience came up when the husband came to see me on an entirely unrelated matter. The problem was easily fixed by an amendment, and I was able to help them fund the trust by explaining which types of assets should be included, and by drafting a deed to transfer their home to the trust.

Our clients know that we care about them and the legal issues that they come to us for help with. The focus is on our client’s specific circumstances and needs; we never take a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We strive to find the best solutions for you. And we promise to keep you well informed and that you’ll never be made to feel that we are too busy for your questions and concerns. Traktman Law Office is for people who want to personally know and trust their lawyer.

With more than twenty-five years of experience, I know I can provide the high quality service you should expect from any firm, and can do so in a friendly, individualized and cost-effective manner.