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CHRISTINE F. BERALDO is a sole practitioner in San Jose, California, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, including trusts and estates, wills, probate and conservatorships, and criminal defense. Ms. Beraldo earned her B.A. degree from Notre Dame de Namur University and her J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara.
JAMES B. CREIGHTON is an attorney with Creighton Law, where his current practice areas include consulting with clients and other attorneys on estate planning, probate, and trust administration matters; and serving as an expert witness in litigated matters involving trusts and estates. Mr. Creighton is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He provides educational webinars and video logs (“vlogs”) on topics related to estate planning, probate, and trust law to attorneys, clients, and law students; and is serving as an adjunct professor of estates and trusts at law schools located in northern California. Mr. Creighton has taught professional-level courses in estate planning to professional groups and associations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the CalCPA Society - Peninsula/Silicon Valley Chapter, the Peninsula Estate Planning Council, and the Senior Roundtable of San Mateo. He earned his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from California State University; and his J.D. degree from UC, Hastings College of Law.
DARIN H. DONOVAN is a shareholder in Hopkins & Carley’s family wealth and tax planning group, resident in the firm’s Palo Alto office. His practice includes estate and trust planning, charitable planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation. Mr. Donovan also practices in the area of nonprofit entity formation and counseling. He is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, where he teaches federal estate and gift tax, and estate planning. Mr. Donovan has previously taught at San Jose State University Graduate School of Business, and has made numerous presentations regarding various estate planning and wealth management issues to private groups and professional organizations. He is a member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association and the Palo Alto Area Bar Association. Mr. Donovan earned his A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
HEATHER LEDGERWOOD is the lead attorney for WealthPLAN's San Jose office in the probate and trust administration division. She has worked extensively in matters involving estate and trust tax issues, ancillary probate administrations, creditor's claims, and multi-generational estate plans. Ms. Ledgerwood advises executors of estates with regard to finding heirs, property transfers, property tax reassessments, estate tax filing requirements, post-mortem estate and tax planning, stale trust funding, Heggstad petitions, and successfully navigating the probate court system. She prepares federal estate and gift tax filings, including, but not limited to, portability returns. Ms. Ledgerwood currently teaches wills and trusts at Lincoln Law School. Previously, she was also of counsel to a business litigation firm in Palo Alto in which she focused on corporate compliance, corporate dissolutions, employment counseling, discrimination counseling, employment tax evasion, and was second chair in trials involving alter ego litigation and breach of contract claims. Ms. Ledgerwood is a member of the State Bar of California, the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the Santa Clara Bar Association, and the Palo Alto Bar Association. She earned her J.D. degree, and LL.M. degree in taxation, from Golden Gate School of Law.
WOODFORD G. ROWLAND is a sole practitioner in San Rafael who practices in the areas of taxation, tax controversies, estate planning, probate, trust and estate litigation, and business planning and litigation. Mr. Rowland has been designated a certified specialist in taxation law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of California (former chair, Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee), the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Marin County and American bar associations. Mr. Rowland earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University.
JENNIFER F. SCHARRE is an attorney with Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, in San Jose, California. Ms. Scharre’s practice includes estate planning, estate administration, beneficiary representations, conservatorship matters and guardianship matters. Her estate planning practice includes the preparation of revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, and wills, as well as incapacity planning documents. Ms. Scharre’s trust and decedent’s estate administration practice includes representation of trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in all aspects of trust administration and probate, including preparation of trust accountings and estate tax returns. Her accounting degree from the University of San Diego makes her uniquely equipped to assist clients in complex estate planning and estate administration. Ms. Scharre earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.