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Melvin K. Rube

Estate planning Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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I was born and raised in Fresno, California and have lived in Fresno all of my life except for a two year period (1970-1972) when I lived in Goleta, California attending the University of California at Santa Barbara. I am the grandson of immigrants.  My paternal and maternal grandparents are Volga- Deutsch (Germans from Russia) having immigrated to the United States from the Volga Region of Russia just prior to the Russian Revolution. I am married and have two daughters, two step-sons, one grandchild and two step-grandchildren.  My hobbies include beginning  photography, walking, reading (legal and political thrillers, history, biographies) and legal career has been quite varied.  Upon my admission to the State Bar of California in November of 1978, I opened a private practice.  I then joined the Fresno County Public Defenders' Office in late 1979 where I was a defense attorney until late 1988.  In 1985, the Calfornia State Bar certified me as as a Criminal Law Specialist.  While at the public defenders' office I tried over 50 jury  trials and represented defendants in cases ranging from petty theft to the death 1989, I joined the Fresno Office of a state wide law firm now known as Ericksen, Arbuthnot where I was  the Assistant Managing Partner of the Fresno Office from 1989 to 1994 and  the Managing Partner of the Fresno Office from 1994 to 1996.  During that period of time I practiced civil law and represented defendants in product liability cases, medical mal-practice cases and wrongful death and catastropic personal injury cases. I started my solo private practice in 1997 and currently limit my practice to estate planning (drafting wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, first party and third party special needs trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care directives); probate; trust administration; and trust and estate litigation representing the fiduciary (executor or administrator of a probate estate or trustee of a trust) and the benefriciary of a probate estate or of a trust. I am a member of the State Bar of California and its Wills and Trusts Section; a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and its Probate Section; a member of the Fresno Estate Planning Council; a member of the American Bar Association; and the Fresno County Better Business Bureau.  I was a past  member of Kiwanis (1995 to 2001 and then again from 2004 to 2009) and the President of a local Kiwanis Club from 1997 to 1998 where I was awarded the Distingusihed Service Award for the year 1998 to 1999.  I was a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services for Northern California from 1995 to 2000 and on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Branch of the American Diabetes Association during the latter part of the 1990's.  I have been practicing law for 37 years and have no current plans to retire.


Melvin K. Rube
2660 W Shaw Ave #100
Fresno, CA, 93711

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Posted by M&L | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Man of Integrity
We worked with Mr. Rube on two occasions: settling our mother-in law's estate and setting up our own will and trust. We found him to be conscientious, honest and kind. He was generous with his time and helpful in making hard decisions. He is committed to providing the best advice in a timely manner.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
More than satisfied!
I obtained Mr Rube to administer my aunt's trust and was more than satisfied. His fee was reasonable, he was always available, and he expedited all the necessary paperwork in a very timely manner. His knowledgeable advice was always helpful in my decision making. I would highly recommend Mr Rube.


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Melvin K Rube
  • 1997 - Present
  • Managing Partner-Fresno Office
  • Ericksen Law Firm
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Assistant Managing Partner-Fresno Office
  • Erickson Law Firm
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Public Defender
  • Fresno County Public Defender's Office
  • 1979 - 1988
  • Attorney
  • Melvin K Rube Attorney at Law
  • 1978 - 1979
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  • California State University, Fresno
  • Master of Arts (With Distinction)
  • 1990
  • Humphreys College of Law at Stockton
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972


  • Better Business Bureau
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Fresno Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013

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Trusts Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mel Rube and I have been involved as opposing counsel in a couple of complex trust litigation matters. I have observed Mel in court for a number of years. Mel is an excellent trial lawyer and is well respected by the court and the local bar. I am proud to recommend Mel and have recommended Mel to potential clients who need Mel's services."

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Fresno Estate planning Lawyer Melvin K. Rube
Melvin K. Rube
Estate planning Attorney
Fresno, CA
Licensed for 45 years