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Mr. Ward previously did extensive international work, and later held executive positions with Bank of America, KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick), and The Merrill Lynch Private bank.  After working in finance for a number of years, Mr. Ward returned to school for his law degree, and then furthered his law education with a postgraduate law degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning with considerable emphasis on tax issues, multi-generational issues, and Medicaid/Medi-Cal eligibility issues for elders.


Mr. Ward is also a Certified Senior Advisor,  and worked in both Elder Law and Estate Planning in Florida before returning to California to open his own law practice.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 48%
  2. Estate Planning: 47%
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



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The Law Offices of James A. Ward

7888 Wren Ave.
Suite D-140
Gilroy, CA, 95020


FLMember in Good Standing201109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Northern California chapter)N/AN/A
Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionN/AN/A
California Advocates for Nursing Home ReformN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawEstate PlanningLL.M - Master of Laws2010
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of California - DavisAgronomyMS - Master of Science1981
University of California - DavisAgricultural Economics and ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1977