The Law Offices of Matthew J. Duncan

A Professional Law Corporation, Serving the Community of Alameda, California; and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area since 1991.

Matthew J. Duncan is an attorney in Alameda, California, who specializes in Probate Law.  He has extensive experience with Estate Planning and Probate Litigation, and is a respected by peers and colleagues who specialize in Probate Law.

The Law Offices of Matthew J. Duncan offers legal services such as:

  • Will Drafting and Signing;
  • Creating a Living Trust;
  • Help planning for the future through a Medi-Cal or Special Needs Trust, and with a
  • California Advance Health Care Directive;
  • Planning your estate to avoid probate court, if possible;
  • How to Deed your Community Property;
  • Protecting your loved ones through Conservatorships and Guardianships;
  • and Much More.
Member of the National Association of Elder Attorneys
2018 Martindale-Hubbel "Distinguished" Attorney
Better Business Bureau Accredited, with an "A+" Rating

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Wills & Trusts

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.

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Medi-Cal Planning

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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Power of Attorney

Durable Power of Attorney

We prepare financial powers of attorney.  A “POA” authorizes your attorney-in-fact to manage your financial affairs either presently or upon your incapacity.

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Advance Health Care Directive

Advance Health Care Directive

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.

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