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About Me

I specialize in probate and trust litigation. I have extensive experience in such matters as trust and will contests, removal of trustees, will and trust interpretation, accountings, and beneficiary disputes. I have successfully tried and litigated numerous probate and trust litigation matters. Please call for a free phone consultation at 707-542-6644 for Northern California. In Orange County, call (949) 274-4760.  In San Diego, call (619) 419-0212. I am also a professor of law and the founder of the Elder Law Clinic at Empire School of Law.  

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Trusts: 35%
    25 years, 100 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    25 years, 800 cases
  3. Probate: 20%
    25 years, 120 cases
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    25 years, 250 cases
  5. Power Of Attorney: 5%
    25 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($350/hour), Contingent (20-40%)

Payment Types:

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Contact Info

Adams & Rafferty

1400 North Dutton Avenue
Suite 19
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401-4657



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono AwardSonoma County Bar Association2005
Outstanding Teacher AwardSanta Rosa Chamber of Commerce2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerAdams & Rafferty2000 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Barry L. Adams1993 - 2000
AssociateAnderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray1990 - 1993
AssociateRutan & Tucker1986 - 1990
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Empire Law SchoolProfessor and Director of Elder Law Clinic2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember Estates and Trusts Section1995 - Present
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Anonymous Trust DisputeCase tried before judge and then settled favorably to client
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Publication NameTitleDate
North Bay Business JournalCan you Trust Your Trust?2003
North Bay Business JournalHow to Lessen Your Estate Taxes2000
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific LawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Whitworth CollegeJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Sonoma County PFAC MeetingAvoiding Liability for Trustees2008