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San Francisco Estate Planning & Probate Laws

Practice Areas

Michael B. Bassi, A Law Corporation, is a preeminent San Francisco law firm that has been providing exceptional legal services to clients throughout the Bay Area and Northern California since 1980.  In recognition of our firm's excellent legal representation, the firm and its principal, Michael B. Bassi, have earned the prestigious "AV" peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, signifying the highest standards of ethical and legal ability.  Our areas of expertise include:

Trust, Estate and Probate Disputes

Trust, estate, and probate disputes are commonplace and often involve intricate estate planning documents, taxation issues, and complex and always-evolving legal issues.  Disputes commonly involve questions of document validity, capacity of the testator, document interpretation or beneficiaries challenging the dispositive provisions of a will or trust.  Our firm has a reputation for providing exceptional legal representation to clients involved in trust, estate, and probate disputes, and represents the interests of beneficiaries, as well as the interests of executors, trustees, conservators and other fiduciaries accused of breaching their fiduciary duty.  For more information about this area of practice, please see our San Francisco Estate Planning Lawyers page.

Serious Personal Injury

After trying numerous cases and working with renowned medical experts, our attorneys have developed a thorough understanding of the complexities of medical conditions involved in cases of severe brain damage, neurological injuries, permanent back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other serious and catastrophic injuries.  The firm's attorneys also have significant experience in representing families who have lost a loved one in wrongful death actions.  Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience successfully representing victims of serious injuries, and have extensive experience in interpreting and evaluating medical records.  For further information about serious personal injury claims, please see our San Francisco personal injury law page.

General Civil Litigation

Our firm handles a wide variety of general and complex civil litigation matters, including matters involving corporations, partnerships, other business entities, and real estate transactions.  We handle all aspects of litigation in both California and federal courts, and firm principal, Michael B. Bassi, has practiced before the United States Supreme Court.  Our attorneys have significant experience devising create and comprehensive case strategies and a reputation for successfully obtaining six and seven-figure settlements and judgments.

For information about the cases we have successfully handled, please see our Representative Matters page.


A San Francisco wills attorney can explain all the proper steps in creating a will. There are certain aspects of will creation that most do not know. You need a San Francisco living trust lawyer, so that assets you haven't conveyed won't become subject to probate. The personal representative in charge of the probate is entitled to receive compensation from the estate assets for his or her services.

What You Should Know When Hiring an Attorney

When hiring an attorney, it is important to make sure he or she has experience in the area of law for which you are seeking help.  In addition, look for ratings and credentials that can be verified, such as Martindale Hubbell's "AV" rating, signifying the highest standards of ethical and legal ability.  It is also important to hire an attorney who is responsive, returns calls promptly, and keeps you informed of the status of your case on a regular basis.

There are also different types of fee structures that exist for legal services.  Certain types of matters, such as personal injury cases, are typically handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that an attorney takes on your claim without charging you any fees during its pendency.  If you successfully recover a judgment or settlement, you then pay your attorney a previously agreed upon percentage of the judgment or settlement amount.  In other words, if you do not recover any money, you do not pay any legal fees.  However, even if you recover no money, you may still be required to pay for reasonable costs or expenses incurred by your attorney in litigating your claim.

For other types of matters, such as business litigation matters, attorneys typically charge a fixed hourly rate for legal services, as well as for expenses reasonably incurred in handling your matter.

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel

At Michael B. Bassi, A Law Corporation, our attorneys are experienced in handling a wide variety of trust, estate and probate disputes, serious personal injury claims, and general and complex civil litigation matters.  To speak to one of our attorneys and learn how we can successfully resolve your legal matter, contact Michael B. Bassi, A Law Corporation today.

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