Ken Begun | San Ramon Estate Lawyer


Ken Begun Lawyer

Ken Michael Begun

Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Death Administration

www.sanramonlaw.com

800-808-6240


VERIFIED 

  • Profile LAWPOINTS70/ 100
    LAWPOINTS™ measure the overall completeness of a Lawyer's profile. More complete profiles are ranked higher and help visitors select the right lawyer faster.
    We help paid Members build more complete and informative profiles.
    LAWPOINTS™ do not measure a Lawyer's reputation.
    More Info for Lawyers
  • No Misconduct Found 
  • Accepts Credit Cards 
  • Reviews Pro Bono Cases 
  • 800-808-6240

Please include all relevant details from your case including where, when, and who it involves. Case details that can effectively describe the legal situation while also staying concise generally receive the best responses from lawyers.

By submitting this lawyer request, I confirm I have read and agree to the Consent to Receive Messages, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy
Ken Begun is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ken’s practice specializes in working with individuals, couples and families to custom-plan their estate including the use and implementation of trusts, wills, powers of attorney and other estate planning instruments and techniques. Ken’s practice also includes trust and estate administration, probate, probate and trust litigation, incapacity planning, gift and estate taxation, and non-probate transfers of assets. Ken is past Chair and Commissioner of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission (EPLAC) to the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California. Ken also sat on the Board of Legal Specialization while Chair of EPLAC. Ken has been selected as Super Lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyers for Years 2008-2016. Ken was previously a partner at Frankel & Goldware, LLP in San Ramon, CA. Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Juris Doctorate (law degree) from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law. Additionally, Ken earned a Diploma in Trial Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Notre Dame Law School. Ken has been, and continues to be, involved in various civic and professional organizations. He is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley. He is past President of Beth Chaim Congregation. He is a past board member for the Tri Valley Estate Planning Council and Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. He is a past board member of Hope Hospice. He is also a graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley. Ken has been an Associate Professor in “Wills and Trusts” at John F. Kennedy University, School of Law. Ken has been an instructor in “The ABC’s of Wills and Trusts” for the Pleasanton (Alameda County) Unified School District. Ken is a periodic guest on NPR Radio’s “Your Legal Rights with Chuck Finney”, San Francisco and has made periodic appearances for Television Cable 30 for its estate planning programs.

Lawyer.com Member Questionnaire

Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Case #1: A widow after a 23-year second marriage was partially disinherited by her husband in favor of his children. I represented the widow against her stepsons who refused to provide her an inheritance. We obtained a good settlement including the family residence. My efforts brought her resolution and peace-of-mind. Case #2: I represented a daughter whose father went sailing and was never seen, found or heard from again. We brought probate court proceedings to have him determined dead and to obtain an order of death. My client was then able to obtain some closure on this tragedy and to also claim her father’s life insurance. Case #3: I counseled an estate plan client to refrain from disinheriting her son and to take alternate actions. She communicated to me: “I just want a hug from my son before I die.” She took other action and was ecstatic to inform me that she and her son have reconciled and she has received the hug she dreamed for. She was thrilled she did not disinherit him as she had originally intended.

How did you build a successful practice?
Lots of hard work, time and energy. Building strong relationships with other professionals and advisors. Building a reputation for being a qualified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. Being known as responsive to clients’ needs and giving practical and sound advice.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
No two lawyers (like no two persons) are alike but some of the traits that I believe a client should look for in their lawyer are: · Being responsive to clients (return phone calls and emails promptly) · Being a good listener · Being competent in the particular area of law · Being empathetic and kind · Timeliness of work · Speaking in plain English with them not at them · Having integrity

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Knowledge of local courts is helpful to know the procedures, protocols and issues that particular Judges and court staff wish to see.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I do not provide free consultations (phone or in office). However, I will speak with a potential client by phone to learn more of their concerns, needs and goals and the nature of their legal issues. I will not (and cannot per State Bar Rules of Ethics) give specific legal advice until I am retained as their attorney. I would explain my intake procedures for a new client and I would briefly explain in general terms the different estate plan alternatives for their consideration and our future discussion. I may briefly discuss the generalities of the estate tax system and how that may affect their trust or estate plan. I would discuss my fees.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
I would need to know the client’s name and the names of any interested parties and persons. I would like to know what is the nature of the client’s concerns. Why are they contacting a lawyer? If the matter concerns a deceased person, then when did the person die and their county of residence? Did the deceased person have any estate plan documents such as a Will or a Trust? What are the assets currently known as part of the trust or estate?

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I am a certified specialist by the State Bar of California in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law (Board of Legal Specialization). I have been an Associate Professor of Law teaching law school Wills and Trusts. I am also the past Chair of the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission to the California State Bar which is charged with certifying lawyers as specialists in Estate planning, Probate and Trust Law. I have over 30 years experience as a lawyer and bring this experience to my clients in a practical and common-sense way. I do my best to speak in plain English and not over-the-top legalese and tax jargon. My clients tell me I am a good listener and I do my very best to hear what my clients are saying are their concerns, hopes, dreams and fears.

Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Ken BegunSan Ramon, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
John F. Kennedy University College of LawJ.D. Law School1986  
Univ of California BerkeleyBachelorScience1981
State / Court Date
California1987
  • California State Bar Association | Member
    Contra Costa County Bar Association | Member
    Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley | President
  • Over 30 years of experience practicing law.
  • Resources Page | Law Offices Of Ken Begun
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
9:00 am
-
5:00 pm
9:00 am
-
5:00 pm
9:00 am
-
5:00 pm
9:00 am
-
5:00 pm
Closed

Ken Michael Begun has been a Premium Member since December 20, 2018.
Lawyers with longer memberships tend to have more experience so we use the Membership date to help prioritize lawyer listings on search pages.

Verified Credentials Date Verified
(1987) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.December 20, 2018

Above credentials have been verified independently by Lawyer.com.

As a service to our visitors and members, Lawyer.com displays the credentials for Premium Lawyer Profiles which Lawyer.com has independently verified. These are displayed at the at the 'Verified Credentials' table. Lawyer.com independently verifies these credentials when a lawyer signs up for a Premium Lawyer Profile. Each Premium Profile lawyer also certifies that they are licensed to practice as an attorney in their state, that they are in good standing with their applicable bar, and that they will notify Lawyer.com if this changes while they have an active profile.

CA State Lawyer Additional Information: District: 1 Most Recent Status: Present Active Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California)

Fee: Call today to learn more about my fee structure.

Service Type: Private

Update Date: 2018-02-22

https://www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943i.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943p.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943f.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943v.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/d/featured-medium.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/d/verified-medium.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/d/featured-small.png, https://www.lawyer.com/seal/d/verified-small.png,

Lawyer.com has verified the credentials of this lawyer. To recommend or link to this lawyer as a trusted attorney, we have provided a list of sample links. Please choose the one that meet your needs.

Want a Premium Customized Photo Badge?

Call Toll Free: 800-620-0900

Lawyer Badge
Image Link 1
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943i.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 2
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943p.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 3
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943f.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 4
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943v.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 5
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943d/featured-medium.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 6
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943d/verified-medium.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 7
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943d/featured-small.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Image Link 8
Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom"><a href="//www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html"><img alt="Lawyer.com" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal/1748943d/verified-small.png"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Text Link 1
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom" style="width:250px;text-align:center;background-color: #fbaa02;padding:3px;"><a href="http://www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html" style="color: #fff;text-decoration:none;size: 12px;">Lawyer.com Featured: Ken Michael Begun</a></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Text Link 2
Corresponding HTML Codes
<div id="Lcom" style="width:250px;text-align:center;background-color: #fbaa02;padding:3px;"><a href="http://www.lawyer.com/ken-begun-1129709.html" style="color: #fff;text-decoration:none;size: 12px;">Lawyer.com Verified: Ken Michael Begun</a></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.lawyer.com/seal.js"></script>
Change Date Change Field Previous Content
Ken Michael Begun
18 Crow Canyon Ct
Ste. 150
San Ramon, CA 94583
37.7769374,-121.9816182

MAIN LOCATION

18 Crow Canyon Ct
Ste. 150
San Ramon, CA 94583


Other Locations:
  • Proudly service San Ramon and surrounding areas.

WEBSITE

LAWYER BADGES

Ken Michael Begun  Lawyer Badge

Lawyer.com has verified the credentials of this lawyer. To recommend or link to this lawyer as a trusted attorney.

More Badges

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES