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The time to plan for your future is now. Don’t wait until something happens and your family is left with bills, court costs, and confusion. Find out how our expert services can help you plan for the future, protect your family, and ensure that your assets are managed faithfully — just the way you want them to be handled.
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For Your Family
Let your family know your wishes and make a plan for them in advance. This will save countless hours of wondering whether they are making the “right” choices about your healthcare, your wishes, and your estate. Your family already has enough to deal with during their grief over losing you, let us help take away some of the burdens.
For Your Future
They say that children are our future. As such, we strive to give them the best future possible by minimizing the time, cost, and confusion surrounding moving on after the death of a loved one. The best way to build generational wealth and overcome the poverty cycle is by preserving as much of your hard-earned estate for the next generation and every generation to come after.
To be Faithful to Your Choices
Most of us have specific ideas about what we want for our lives, whether that is now or in the future. You want to give your loved ones a road map to follow those choices and to give you the best life possible, even if you can no longer communicate those desires to yourself.
Estate Planning is about looking at the big picture for your future and your estate. Many people have heard that they need a will or a living trust, but they don’t understand why or which one is appropriate for them. In our practice, we have a consultation with every client to discuss his/her/their needs and make a plan based on those goals. Most often we end up creating a comprehensive and customized estate plan consisting of a Living Trust, Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directive, and several other lesser-known documents in order to ensure that our clients are covered for every outcome.
- Estate Planning and Living Trusts
Jennifer S. Goldsmith
Jennifer S. Goldsmith was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like many of today’s college students, Ms. Goldsmith worked a full time job while attending San Jose State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Behavioral Sciences with minors in Music and Mathematics in December 2004.
After college, Jennifer continued to gain experience in the workforce with both Non-Profit entities and large corporations before breaking into the legal field as a Legal Assistant in a small civil litigation firm in Pleasanton, CA. Ms. Goldsmith worked diligently in her role as a Legal Assistant to gain knowledge and experience before embarking on her next challenge, law school.
In 2007, Jennifer made the leap and began her study at the Santa Clara University School of Law. A short three years later, she graduated from Santa Clara University with her Juris Doctor in May 2010. She then took and passed the California State Bar Exam in July 2010. Ms. Goldsmith is currently an active member in good standing of the California Bar Association.
Shortly before graduating from law school, Jennifer became involved with the Fraternal Order of Police. To date, she has helped to set up a new FOP Lodge in the Silicon Valley and has been added to the list of approved attorneys for the FOP Legal Defense Plan. Additionally, Ms. Goldsmith is the current general counsel for Silicon Valley FOP Lodge 52. The FOP is a national fraternal organization for Peace Officers, serving more than 325,000 members across the United States. Ms. Goldsmith is a proud member of this organization and strives to continue to serve all members of our first responder community.
Additionally, Ms. Goldsmith has been working with legal specialists with more than 40 years of experience in the areas of Family Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships/Conservatorships, and Probate. Ms. Goldsmith has gained considerable experience in these fields through these business relationships. Ms. Goldsmith has now embarked on yet another chapter in her prestigious legal career and has opened her own firm in Fairfield, CA. The firm concentrates on Estate Planning, including Living Trusts, Wills, Conservatorships, and Guardianships.
Meet Rebecca Gallegus, a dependable and highly motivated self-starter with over 20 years of diverse work experience in customer service, real estate, telecommunication provisioning, and office administration. Rebecca is comfortable working independently or as part of a team and is always eager to learn new skills and take on new challenges. This has proven to be of vital importance with the ever-changing demands of our legal system. With excellent organizational and prioritization skills, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills, Rebecca is a master at client communication and keeping the rest of the staff on task to insure the best possible experience for our clients!
Rebecca has a degree in Associate of Arts from Ohlone College, is a licensed Realtor, and has recently obtained her Notary Public to better assist our clients on an ongoing basis. In addition to her previous skills and experience, Rebecca has thrown herself into her position at JSG Law and has become a wealth of knowledge for our clients. If you have any questions or concerns, Rebecca is available and eager to help resolve all client issues with grace and professionalism.
Carly Crumpton is a highly skilled legal assistant with a strong background in office administration and customer service. With experience in a range of industries, including finance, retail, and hospitality, Carly is well-equipped to handle a variety of responsibilities and complex client care concerns.
Throughout her career, Carly has demonstrated exceptional skills in a variety of other software programs and has excelled at keeping up with the ever-changing technological skills needed to keep client matters moving smoothly forward. She is particularly known for her excellent verbal and written communication skills, making her a valuable asset to our team and a joy for our clients to work with!
Prior to coming to work for JSG Law, Carly worked as a Trust Associate at Boston Private Bank & Trust. In this role, Carly was responsible for supporting the Managing Director and managing multiple calendars, coordinating officer and client meetings, and maintaining trust account cash balances. This experience is invaluable to her work with our Trust clients both in the creation process and in the administration process.
Mallory McLeod is a highly skilled and educated professional with a strong background in English literature and editing. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from California State East Bay, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English (Language and Discourse) from the same institution. In addition, Mallory has completed the Professional Sequence in Editing at the University of California Berkeley, making her a certified graduate in the field.
Throughout her academic and professional career, Mallory has demonstrated a strong command of the English language and a keen eye for detail, making her an incredible asset to our team. She is proficient in various programs and is always eager to learn and grow. She is known for her self-starter attitude and her ability to take on new challenges with confidence.
In addition to her background in editing, Mallory has also obtained her Paralegal Certificate from California State East Bay. Mallory is currently building on her educational foundation with practical work experience. She is an exceptional resource for our clients who are involved in complex legal scenarios such as Conservatorship and Guardianship Accountings as well as Trust Administration matters.
Heather Christison has had over 20 years of experience working in accounting and finance. She has worked for all sizes of entrepreneurs from a solo-preneur start-up to a $35 million dollar a year contractor. Her expertise gained working for the first CMA firm in the country provided a wealth of exposure to many different industries. With clients spanning the medical/dental field, construction, business/life coaching, retail/wholesale sales, as well as legal professionals, she is well versed in the diverse needs of a variety of industries.
Heather manages all aspects of our billing and payment plans for our clients. She works closely with our office team and clients to help us deliver on our promise to clients that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to necessary services. Heather helps our clients to establish payment plans when necessary in addition to her work keeping our doors open and our lights on every day so that we can focus on our commitment to an excellent customer experience for each and every one of our clients.
Thoughts about Probate
Do you own a home in California? If so, your estate is headed to Probate! Are you upside down in your home? Your estate is STILL headed to Probate! While that may not seem so bad at first glance, let’s discuss some of the facts about the Probate process, the costs...
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From Our Clients
“Ms. Goldsmith is a formidable lawyer. I have been a lawyer nearly 20 years longer than she has — and found her organized, VERY prepared, and quite adept in the courtroom. The judge complimented us on our professionalism and that we kept the “decency level” high in what could have been a nasty custody trial. She won the trial and was gracious and accommodating in pre- and post-trial negotiations. Impressive lawyer.”
“Went to see Ms. Goldsmith today and could not have asked for a better experience. She was very professional, friendly, and best of all, she was direct and to the point. She made sure we understood everything, gave of options, and helped us so much that we feel very comfortable having her help us. We will gladly refer anyone to her for legal advice in drawing up Wills or Trusts.”
“We really enjoyed listening to Jennifer and getting on the right track to handle this Living Trust matter. Thanks!”
“I had a slightly different type of trust to set up and it was taken care of exactly the way I wanted. I will and have already recommended Jennifer to friends for their trust needs.”
“Absolutely more than we expected. 5-star attorney!!”