Marin County Estate Planning Attorney

Marin County Estate Planning AttorneyMatthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M is here to protect you, your family and your assets.  Pretend for a moment that you were involved in a slip and fall or perhaps a car accident.  Pretend further that you are rendered incapacitated.  Imagine being incapacitated for weeks, months or even years. Would you and your family be adequately protected? Would you and your family have quick access to your assets?  Or would you and your family be faced with uncertainty?  See.  Pretend now that you died from this slip and fall or car accident.  Would your family, family home, and your assets be adequately protected?  Or would your family be faced with uncertainty?  See.

Death is certain. So doesn’t it make sense to plan for a certain event?  YES!   However, far too many people in California don’t have an estate plan. According to an article by dated April 9, 2014,  51% of Americans age 55 to 64 don’t have wills.  Worse, 62% of those age 45 to 54 — and 67% of women that age — haven’t drafted wills.  See. This data reveals that too many people and their families are unprotected in the event of their incapacity or death.  My goal and purpose at

At the Law Offices of Matthew W. Harris’, our purpose is to see to it that every person we deal with has an estate plan in place in the event of their incapacity or death. Estate planning is the best way to protect you and your family.

Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M believes that every person should have an estate plan in case the worst should happen.  Mr. Harris believes that too many people in California are apathetic about estate planning.  He also believes that too many people have too many misconceptions about estate planning.  Most importantly, Matthew W. Harris, ESq., LL.M  believes that your family, your friends, your loved-ones and your pets must be protected.  Your family deserves to be protected, by a Marin County estate planning attorney, if something should happen to you.   The mere fact that you are reading my website demonstrates your initiative in taking the first step to protect you and your loved ones.  And for this, I personally thank you for taking this important step.  Give Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M a call today at (415) 521-5610.

When Should I Create My Estate Plan?

Tomorrow is never guaranteed for anyone of us.  You should immediately have an estate plan created by a Marin estate planning attorney.   Please contact The Law Office of Matthew W. Harris today at (415) 521-5610.

Estate Planning Attorney In Marin County

Estate planning is the process of coordinating and implementing an individual’s financial and medical affairs in order to achieve advantageous results.

The goals of estate planning, generally speaking, can be achieved by creating various estate planning documents such as a wills or last will and testament, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, advance health care directive, power of attorney, general assignment, or changing title to property, or creating pay-on-death accounts. Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M  will thoroughly review your assets, liabilities and family situation and recommend the appropriate estate planning instruments.

Why Should I Have An Estate Plan Created?

Marin County Estate Planning Attorney

An estate plan addresses two critically important areas: (1) incapacity and; (2) death.

With respect to incapacity, many people become incapacitated regardless of their age, health and wealth.  For example, a person can be rendered incapacitated by a slip and fall, car accident, heart attack, allergic reaction, disease, criminal act, old age and so on.  If you become incapacitated with an estate plan, then a conservatorship of the person and the estate will likely be avoided.  In a conservatorship, the probate court can authorize another person called a “conservator” to provide for another person’s health, maintenance and support (“conservator of the person”). The court can also have the conservator handle the financial affairs of another (called a conservator of the estate).

A conservatorship is time consuming and expensive and open for the world to see.   An estate plan can avoid a conservatorship.

With respect to death, it’s certain that you will die. You could die today, tomorrow or fifty-years from now.  You simply do not know. By contacting Matthew W. Harris today, you can begin the process of creating your very own estate plan to provide protection in the event of your possible incapacity and certain death.

Estate Planning Documents

The Law Office of Matthew W. Harris typically prepares the following estate planning documents:

  • Revocable Living Trust.
  • Certification of Trust.
  • General Assignment.
  • Will.
  • Durable Power of Attorney.
  • Advance Health Care Directive (“living will”).
  • Minor Guardian Nominations.
  • Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (PCOR).

If you need an estate plan, please contact Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M  today at (415) 521-5610 for a free estate plan consultation.


Wills and Trusts Attorney Available For House-Calls 

Matthew W. Harris, Esq, LL.M is available to meet with prospective clients at their home, hospital, nursing home or other location.  Please call The Law Office of Matthew W. Harris today at (415) 521-5610 to arrange for a  “house-call” visit.

How Much Does An Estate Plan Package Cost?

The cost to create and implement an estate plan, whether it is a will, trust, power of attorney, or advance health care directive, varies depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual.  At the Law Office of Matthew W. Harris, we strive to constantly keep costs and rates reasonable in order to keep legal assistance to our clients affordable.


Call Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M  today at (415) 521-5610 for a free estate plan consultation.



Marin County Estate Planning Attorney For LGBT Families

Matthew W. Harris gladly assists the LGBT community with its estate planning needs.  A comprehensive estate plan package protects everyone, whether heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. At the Law Office of Matthew W. Harris, we are all about protecting individuals,families, and assets, irrespective of sexual orientation.


The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.  This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, in any way an attorney-client relationship.  Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M is a California lawyer in good standing with the State Bar of California.  Matthew W. Harris is admitted to practice only in California.  Mr. Harris is not licensed to practice in any other jurisdiction.