Matthew J. Duncan was born and raised in Alameda, California, where he has been practicing law since 1982. He opened his own practice in 1991, in the historic Alameda Times-Star Building, across the street from Alameda City Hall, where he has been practicing for the past 31 years.
He is a Member of the State Bar Trusts and Estates Section; the Alameda County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section; the East Bay Trust & Estate Lawyers; and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
We listen to you so we can learn about why you’re here and how we may be able to help you. We believe the best client is an informed client. We present to you, and help you understand, all of your options so that you will be confident you’ve made the best decision.
If we can’t help you, we will try to refer you to an attorney who can. We can also refer you to professionals in other areas, such as realtors and tax preparers.
We prepare revocable “living” trusts so that your home and other assets can be administered and distributed upon your death without the need for court involvement (probate.) Living trusts also allow your “Successor Trustee” to manage your trust assets for your benefit if you become unable to do so.
We also prepare wills, including “pourover wills” which you sign when you sign your trust, and stand-alone wills for those who do not need or want to sign a trust.
We prepare financial powers of attorney. A “POA” authorizes your attorney-in-fact to manage your financial affairs either presently or upon your incapacity.
We prepare Advance Health Care Directives, previously known as a Durable Powers of Attorney For Health Care. An AHCD allows you to appoint one or more agents to make health care decisions and to provide that agent with your instructions and wishes concerning your health care as well as the disposition of your remains on death.
We prepare supplemental powers of attorney to enable an agent to help you qualify for Medi-Cal if the need arises, and to help protect your estate from Medi-Cal recovery after you death. We prepare “special needs trusts” to help provide for persons with disabilities while also protecting their entitlement to public benefits.
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