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Providing Estate Planning Services With Skill, Eloquence and Warmth.

From simple wills and basic trusts, to sophisticated tax-saving trusts and charitable remainder trusts, I provide reliable assistance to clients in estate planning and estate administration. My work integrates a broad understanding of estate and gift tax factors, with an awareness that tax issues are only one element in establishing an estate plan that best meets the family and life goals of each client.

I can assist you with your Estate Planning, Probate, and Conservatorship matters.


About my logo, people ask, "why the tree?" The tree signifies the procession of life, and the beauty inherent in each stage of our lives. The roots are our parents, grandparents, and more distant ancestors. The tree itself represents our life, with each leaf representing one of our days. The acorns symbolize our children.

About Deborah A. Malkin

I have practiced law in Santa Cruz County since 1988. Beginning in 1992, I focused my practice exclusively in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration. I specialize in Wills, Trusts, Tax-Reduction Estate Planning, Conservatorships, Probate and other aspects of Estate Planning and Administration.

My philosophy of practicing law is to empower the client. I do not promote the mystique of the attorney; rather I promote understanding of the law. One of my goals for clients is that when they leave my office, they truly understand the estate plan I have put in place for them.

I believe in supporting our community. My local affiliations include the Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council; Cabrillo College Planned Giving Advisory Council (member of Council charged with promoting Cabrillo's presence in the community for purposes of planned giving); Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (working with SPCA to develop a formal planned giving program); L.E.A.P. (active volunteer in mentoring program to encourage leadership qualities in high school students); Leads (professional women's networking organization, past Director of Santa Cruz chapter); City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Commissioner (by City Council appointment). Prior to the birth of my son, I was a member of the Sierra Club Executive Committee, which is a nine-member body that makes policy and action decisions for our 3600-member environmental Regional Group. It involved a high level of public contact embracing environmental concerns. I was also co-chair of the Sierra Club's Conservation Committee, an action-oriented group that addresses environmental issues.

I graduated from City University of New York Law School in 1987, and passed the New York State bar examination immediately. I then sat for the California bar examination, which I also passed immediately. I am a member of the Estate Planning Section of the California State Bar. I have been a licensed attorney since 1988. I was born and raised on the East Coast, and have an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Personal interests include family, animals, team sports, making pottery, and trail running.

I am a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate, certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State of California.

Deborah A. Malkin
Attorney at Law

2425 Porter Street, Suite 15
Soquel, CA 95073

Please call for a complimentary initial consultation.


Practice Areas


  1. Probate: 30%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
  5. Elder Law: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Paul Douglas Vanderwalde

    I endorse this lawyer. We worked together and came up with an approach to a case that was likely going to end up being contested in probate and were able to resolve the matter with the need to litigate it in court.


    Paul Vanderwalde Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Deborah A Malkin Attorney At Law

2425 Porter Street Suite 15
Soquel, CA, 95073


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Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts, and ProbateCalifornia State Bar AssociationN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Deborah A. Malkin1992 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert E. Taren1987 - 1992
internPrisoners' Legal Services1986 - 1986
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Santa Cruz Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Santa Cruz Aids Projectreferral listN/A
Womencarereferral listN/A
Senior Legal Services of Santa Cruzreferral listN/A
Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz CountymemberN/A
Alzheimer's AssociationmemberN/A
Santa Cruz County Bar AssociationmemberN/A
Estates, Trusts and Probate Section of California State Bar AssociationmemberN/A
California State Bar AssociationmemberN/A
Community Foundation (Community Advisors Network)memberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Estate of Phillip William VlamisAdministration of probate estate.
Conservatorship of Clark WhitleySuccessful conservatorship of elderly gentleman.
Estate of Cory M. Delompico DrefkeProbate administration.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
City University of New York, Queens CollegeN/AJuris Doctor1987
Cornell UniversityN/ABachelor of Arts1983
Continuing Legal EducationEstate Planning and Probate SpecializationN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts2009
Panel DiscussionEstate Planning and Section 82008
Cabrillo College LectureEstate Planning2008
Doctor-Lawyer ColloquyAdvance Directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care)2006
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning1995
Dominican Hospital doctors' roundsAdvance Directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care)N/A