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Karen A. Meckstroth

Karen A. Meckstroth

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Tax, Estate Administration

Karen Meckstroth

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Tax: 20%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Estate Administration: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Filmore E Rose

    I am happy to endorse Karen Meckstroth. She is a first-rate estate planning and trusts and estates attorney. Karen takes the time to understand her clients' needs and wishes. She approaches her work with skill, thoroughness and practicality. She stays up to date on legal and tax changes and writes about them articulately in her Blog. She is equally at home with cutting edge wealth transfer strategies and basic estate planning.


    Filmore Rose Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Thomas Edward Rossmeissl

    Karen is a smart, hard-working, and client-focused estate planning attorney. She works hard to make sure that the client's goals are achieved. I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Thomas Rossmeissl Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Karen Meckstroth

14500 Big Basin Way
Suite L
Saratoga, CA, 95070



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Rated Estate Planning AttorneyAvvo2014
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Karen Meckstroth2009 - Present
Estate Planning AttorneyBeck, Ross, Bismonte & Finley2007 - 2009
Trusts and Estates AttorneyHopkins & Carley2004 - 2007
Corporate, Litigation and Estate Planning AttorneyBingham McCutchen1997 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMemberN/A
Planning Committee for the Conference on Charitable Giving (at Stanford University)MemberN/A
Notre Dame High School (San Jose)Member of the Committee on TrusteesN/A
Notre Dame High School (San Jose)Member of the Board of DirectorsN/A
State Bar of California, Taxation SectionMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Chen v. Franchise Tax Bd.Judgment for plaintiff affirmed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - BerkeleyEducationMA1991
University of California - BerkeleyPhilosophyBA1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
East Bay Trusts and Estate LawyersChanging the Unamendable: How to Reform, Modify and Terminate Irrevocable Trusts2013
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationIntegrating Philanthropy in the Estate Planning Process2012
Lasecke WeilEstate Planning in Chaotic Times2012
Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council -- Incubator ProjectGiving and Happiness2011
Meeting of Financial Planning Association of San FranciscoIncorporating Philanthropy in the Family Wealth Plan2011
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationEthical Duties in Estate Planning (MCLE Ethics Credit)2010
National Business InstituteProbate Process from Start to Finish2010
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationChanging the Unamendable: How to Reform, Modify and Terminate Irrevocable Trusts2009
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationPresence and Ethics at the End of Life2009
Employment and Community OptionsPlanned Giving and Building an Endowment2009
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationTrust Reformation: The How's and How Knots2008
Saratoga Retirement CenterControl Your Property and Define Your Legacy Through Your Estate Plan2008
Golden Gate University School of LawTrust Reformation2007
Golden Gate University School of LawReformation of Irrevocable Trusts2006
Parents Helping ParentsSpecial Needs Trusts and Limited Conservatorships2005