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Brett S Lytle

Brett S Lytle

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Probate

About Me

I enjoy camping, hiking, fly fishing and deep sea fishing with my three children and wife. We are active in our local school system in both Sports Boosters Field Hockey and Water Polo team parents and currently serving on the Board of the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    30 years, 550 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    30 years, 125 cases
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
    30 years, 175 cases



Hourly ($365-400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Richard J Abbondanza

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Although I consider Brett a good friend, I have also had the good fortune to observe him professional for a number of years. Brett and I are graduates of the Laureate Program sponsored by The Southern California Institute in San Diego. We partnered in a number of situations, and would strongly recommend him to a family seeking a collaborative professional to help them achieve their estate planning goals.


    Richard Abbondanza Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

2070 Pioneer Ct
San Mateo, CA, 94403

2070 Pioneer Court
San Mateo, CA, 94403



DCInactive 198805/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Laureate in Wealth StrategiesSouthern California Institute2009
Laureate in Wealth StrategiesSouthern California Institute2008
Continuing Education SponsorsCertified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.2008
Laureate Circle MemberSouthern California Institute2007
Continuing Education ProviderInternal Revenue Service2007
Continueing Education InstructorMutual of New York1999
Licensed Continuing Educational ProviderCalifornia Department of Insurance1998
Certified volunteer and Coordinator for VITA in Spokane Wa.Internal Revenue service1983

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerHoward, Lytle, Mah & Jackson1987 - 2007
Associate AttorneyLaw offices of Mark Church1986 - 1987
Legal InternVan Camp, Benion and Keller1982 - 1983

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
Stanford Storm Field HockeyBoard Member2008 - Present
San Mateo County Probate sectionMember2008 - Present
Mountain View - Los Altos High School FoundationPast Board Member2002 - 2010
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1993 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1985 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Estate of Art GarciaCompleted and Distributed to the Heirs
Partition of Real PropertyPartition was granted property was sold and proceed were split

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Publication NameTitleDate
McDowall CotterSuccessor Trustee Handbook2008
California Insurance CommissionerNeed Benefit Estate Planning1999

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificBusiness and TaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1985
Gonzaga UniversityTaxationMST1984
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of IowaBusiness AdministrationBBA1980

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
What to do when a love ones diesSuccessor Trustee planning2012
proposition 13 and 58Real property Tax2012
Needs Benefit for Estate PlanningEstate Planning2012
Need Benefit for Estate planningEstate planning2012
Living in LimboPlanning for the $5,000,000.00 exemption2012
Living in limboEstate Tax 2011 and 20122012
ICG Quarterly meetingasset preservation2012
ICG Quarterly MeetingAsset protection2012
What to do when a loved one diesSuccessor Trustees Training2010
Understanding the Donor Mindset and Planed GivingCharitable Donor Mindset2010
proposition 13 and 58Property Tax and exemptions from assement2010
current issues with owingReal propertyCureent Issues with Owning Real Estate2010
Business Care WorkshopEstate Planning for Families2010