Erica S. Cooper is an associate attorney who specializes in Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate Law. She holds a Master of Laws in taxation. Her focus has been on fiduciary representation related to all facets of trust, probate estate, and conservatorship administrations. Erica focuses on assuring that her clients feel respected and valued while assisting them in matters that are of the utmost importance to their estate and future planning.

Erica has litigated numerous matters concerning trusts and estates, and conservatorships. Her diligent work has provided her clients with the legal expertise needed to prevent, negotiate, settle and litigate disputes. Her experience has included handling will and trust contests, trust and estate administration disputes, undue influence, asset recovery, fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty by trustees, administrators and conservators. She has worked with her clients on the removal and surcharge of fiduciaries, appointment of fiduciaries, elder abuse, accounting issues and real estate matters.

Erica’s background as an experienced estate-planning lawyer with a focus in taxation provides her with the insight to avoid the common pitfalls of poorly drafted estate plans. Erica provides trustees, executors, administrators, guardian, conservators, and other fiduciaries the advice and direction they need in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities in establishing an efficient and effective process and plan of action to address client needs. As a tax specialist, she works with her clients throughout the period of administration to also identify and solve complex tax issues.

Education
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D.
Golden Gate University, School of Law, LL.M in Taxation

Associations
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
East Bay Trust and Estate Lawyers
Contra Costa County Bar Association
Bay Area Young Tax Attorneys
California Women Lawyers
Women Lawyers of Alameda County

Specialization
Trust, Estate and Conservatorship Litigation
Estate Planning
Trust Administration
Probate
Conservatorship
Elder Law
Professional Fiduciary Services
Taxation

Bar Admission
State Bar of California (June 2008)

Court Admissions
All Courts of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States Bankruptcy Court

Published Cases
McArthur v. McArthur (2014) 224 Cal.4th 651

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