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Erik Aanestad is an attorney licensed to practice in both the State of California and the State of Nevada.  He counsels and finds solutions for clients in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate law and also assists clients through the process of trust administration.  Erik's legal background also includes practicing in the areas of family law, guardianships, bankruptcy and civil litigation.

Erik has always excelled in both academics and other professional pursuits.  He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona.  After working as a firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now known as “CALFIRE”) he continued his law education at Florida Coastal School of Law where he received many awards and honors including the Governor’s Merit Scholarship for academic excellence.

He has spent time volunteering as a guardian ad litem representing the best interest of children in court proceedings and has provided pro bono consultations to rural residents in bankruptcy matters.  He has also been an active participant and campaigner for the Alzheimer’s Association and is a member of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council and the Nevada County Bar Association.  He is also a certified private pilot.

Erik represents both individuals and private business owners in all areas of estate and business planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law matters. His specific expertise includes: representation of trustees and personal representatives in legal proceedings; administration of trusts; preparation of complex estate planning options, including special needs trusts, retirement trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts; and organization and protection of assets against Medi-Cal claims.

Erik is proud to be an active community member in the Gold Country where he resides with his wife and children.  He looks forward to each opportunity to serve this community with their specific estate planning, probate and trust administration needs.


For more information, please call Erik directly at (530) 798-4321 or contact him via email at


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 40%
    0 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    3 years
  3. Elder Law: 15%
    3 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    2 years
  5. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    3 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Aanestad Law

471 South Auburn Street
Suite A
Grass Valley, CA, 95945


NVAttorney Inactive200811/10/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Estate Planning AttorneyAanestad Law2015 - Present
Estate Planning AttorneyCunninghamLegal2014 - 2015
AttorneySchuering Zimmerman & Doyle2013 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nevada County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Gold Country Estate Planning CouncilMember2015 - Present
WealthCounselMember2015 - Present
ElderCounselMember2015 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2010 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJuris Doctor2007
University of ArizonaEnglish LiteratureBachelor of Arts (BA),1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Aanestad Law Estate Planning WorkshopEstate Planning Workshop2015