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Upon moving to San Diego, Amanda Cook began working with a small, busy tax, estate planning, and probate firm to gain experience before opening her own office. During her time there, she helped prepare hundreds of individual, business, and fiduciary income tax returns, providing her additional, broad-based tax knowledge. Amanda also became familiar with the intricacies of probate estates and how to avoid probate when advisable. Amanda is a skilled advisor in estate and business planning for large and small estates. In fact, she is trusted by other attorneys in the area to “ghost-write” blog articles in a variety of subject matters.


Amanda Cook first decided she wanted to be an attorney as an eight year old child. Since then, she has focused her education and extra-curricular activities on working with taxes and the elderly, and studying law and government.


Ever since Amanda began working at age fifteen at Capitol Health Care Services, a nursing home located in Dover, DE, she has been completing and filing her own tax returns. Upon graduating high school, Amanda enrolled at Michigan State University where she majored in English Literature (with cognates in Accounting and Philosophy) and Political Science. Amanda received a scholarship with the Honors College at Michigan State University, and worked at the MSU Writing Center for two years assisting undergraduates, graduate students, and even faculty members with their writing projects. She completed a thesis on Law and Literature and graduated with honors in both Bachelor’s degrees in only three years. Shortly thereafter, Amanda received a 100% merit-based scholarship to attend Michigan State University College of Law. During her time in law school, Amanda worked as an intern for the Michigan Tax Tribunal and Office of Chief Counsel, IRS. Additionally, she devoted her time to helping low-income tax payers through the MSU College of Law Tax Clinic and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law magna cum laude before passing the California bar exam.


Amanda is married to Bob Cook, a concrete cutter in San Diego. She has three step-children: Ross, Andrew, and Scott. She enjoys travelling, hiking, and reading.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    4 years
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Tax: 10%
  4. Business: 10%
    4 years



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Cook Law Office

401 W. A St.
Ste. 1100
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2012
magna cum laudeMichigan State University COL2010
100% Merit ScholarshipMichigan State University COL2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCook Law Office2012 - Present
AssociateCardin and Company, APC2010 - 2012
Summer AssociateOffice of Chief Counsel, IRS2009 - 2009
Judicial InternMichigan Tax Tribunal2008 - 2008
Research Assistant - Constitutional LawMichigan State University College Of Law2008 - 2010
Tax ClinicianMSUCOL Tax Clinic2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Heggstad PetitionSuccessful
Probate9 months
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Publication nameTitleDate
Local Attorney WebsiteEstate, Medi-Cal, V.A. Blog2013
Local Attorney WebsiteEstate, Medi-Cal, V.A. Blog2012
James PublishingSocial Security Blog Articles2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Michigan State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Michigan State UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LuncheonTax Obligations for Fiduciaries - Basis2012