Richard Burger, Attorney at Law

Richard Burger is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), (1983) and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Music, from Sonoma State University (1979).

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His practice is limited to trusts and estates. He prepares estate plans – from simple to complex and sophisticated – for individuals and couples, based upon individual situations and needs. A simple estate plan might include a will and a revocable (“living”) trust, as well as durable powers of attorney for financial matters and for health care.  A more sophisticated estate plan might include revocable trusts that incorporate lifetime or generation-skipping trusts, lifetime gifting, and various irrevocable trusts (charitable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, insurance trusts, grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, etc.).  His practice also encompasses estate administration. This includes assisting those who serve as trustees after the death or incapacity of the original trustee, as well as court-supervised matters, such as probate, guardianships and conservatorships. 

Additional accomplishments, certifications, and recognitions:

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” each year since 2006 by San Francisco Magazine
  • Rated “AV” (highest rating) in Martindale Hubbell
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California (2002 to 2008)
  • Editor, Executive Editor, California Trust and Estates Quarterly (2003-2005)
  • Contributing author to the following publications: 
  • “California Estate Planning” (California Continuing Education of the Bar)
  • “Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law” (California Continuing Education of the Bar)
  • “Estate Planning for Special Assets” (California Continuing Education of the Bar)