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Janet Lee Brewer

Estate planning Attorney at Los Altos, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Janet L. Brewer, Law Office of Janet L. Brewer

Licensed for 47 years

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Permit me to assist you in planning for the two things that matter most ... everything you own and everyone you love. My staff and I provide innovative guidance to create practical solutions that accomplish our clients' goals and objectives in the areas of wealth transfer strategies, estate planning, and probate law. I have been certified as a specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1996 - less than 1.5% of all California lawyers have earned this certification.

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The California Small Estate Affidavit
Tax Considerations - Inheriting Your Parents' House in California
Is it Legal to Put Life Insurance Policies into the Name of a Living Trust?
Introduction to the Law Office of Janet L Brewer
Licensed for 47 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/06/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1975
Updated 01/13/2023

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Law Office Of Janet L. Brewer
4 Main St
Suite 20
Los Altos, CA, 94022


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Posted by James Southward, EA | August 18, 2009
Janet is fantastic!
Janet Brewer and her staff always go above and beyond. Case in point; a client of mine was dying without having a will or trust in place and Janet came to the hospital to complete and sign all the necessary documents. She had everything wrapped up within a day which was unbelievably helpful since the client died two days later. Thanks to Janet's amazing service the widow was left protected. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Betsy | August 18, 2009
An appreciation of Janet Brewer
We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Janet Brewer. She helped us with our wills and trusts effectively and even made a "house call" once when I was sick and could not come to the office in a timely fashion.
Posted by Carmen . | May 28, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You can tell she is really a vocational Lawyer , a real Lawyer .
Ms Brewer helped me very much , She’s very kind , it shows that she loves his career as a lawyer . She guided me in the process of a probate and advised me without thinking on her weekend . She was really patient with me . I would highly recommend her for sure .
Posted by Brian | April 1, 2014
Couldn't ask for a better estate planning lawyer
We just finished an engagement with Janet L Brewer in which she guided us through the process of replacing our 22-year-old wills and living trust with new versions. I can't think of anything negative to say. She knows estate law forwards and backwards, and was able to advise us that some of the ideas that we walked in there thinking that we wanted weren't the best idea. Our replacement living trust document doesn't use a single sentence from our previous document, as far as I can tell. But it incorporates our wishes and California's laws, and she taught us the reasoning behind everything it says. She's modern: she does email and PDF and such. She's a great communicator. Never once did we have to ask her to repeat something in different words so that we could understand it. Her office staff are great. Besides Janet herself, we dealt with a paralegal and an administrator, and they were both sharp as a tack, helpful, friendly, and capable. Her fee was entirely reasonable, and the amount of her and her staff's time that we got for that fee was impressive. We recommend Janet L Brewer without reservation.
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Posted by Michael | September 3, 2009
Thanking Janet Brewer
My family and I went to see Ms. Brewer regarding estate planning and tax questions. Ms. Brewer was very professional and informative she answered all of our questions and acknowleged our mother's concerns regarding the issues. Rest assure we will utilize her services to best fit our needs and would highly recommend her law office to anyone seeking help with estate planning.
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Posted by Michael | August 27, 2009
Title Transfer/ Inheritance
My family and I met with Ms. Brewer regarding a title transfer- inheritance between parent/ children. She was very informative and considerate of our specific situation. We were very content and satisfied with Ms. Brewer's professionalism and knowledge of her field. She answered all our questions and presented to us multiple options.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2008
Janis R. Musante
I met Janet when we both were attending Golden Gate Law School classes for a Master's degree in Tax. At the time, I was also a practicing attorney. I am now retired and, hence, inactive. Janet has represented me as well as my then clients and friends that I have referred to her. She is incredible knowledgeable and competent. More over, she is honest and sincere. Janet is one attorney I can truly say has integrity.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Janet L. Brewer
  • 1990 - Present
  • University of California - Santa Cruz Extension
  • 1998 - 2008
  • General Counsel and Director of Administration
  • Telebit Corporation
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Vice President - Legal
  • Greenbrier Capital Corporation
  • 1985 - 1986
  • General Counsel & Legal Dept. Director
  • Corvus Systems, Inc.
  • 1983 - 1985
  • General Counsel
  • Hills Bros. Coffee, Inc.
  • 1979 - 1983
  • Staff Attorney
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • 1975 - 1979
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  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LLM Tax Law
  • 2010
  • Golden Gate University
  • MBA
  • 1983
  • University of Denver Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of Wisconsin
  • B.A.
  • 1971
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Legal Cases

  • In Re: the Albert Einstein Family Correspondence Trust
  • Sealed by the Court


  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2014 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member (Inactive)
  • 1975 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Executive Committee Member (Appointed for term 2009 - 2012)
  • 2009 - 2012
  • California Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2002 - 2012
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  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 2016 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • 2012 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • 2011 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • 2010 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Laureate in Wealth Strategies
  • Southern California Institute
  • 2010
  • 2009 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Laureate In Wealth Strategies
  • Southern California Institute
  • 2009
  • 2008 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • 2007 Northern California SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Board of Legal Specialization - State Bar of California
  • 1996
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  • California Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Estate & Gift Tax Traps for Foreign Clients
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • International Wealth Planning Forum
  • California-Specific Estate and Family Planning Issues for the International Client
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (18)
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Probate Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney provides consistently helpful answers and would be a good resource for the community in the event they need a lawyer in this field."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Janet Brewer is an esteemed attorney in this area for her work in estate planning. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Janet Brewer is a go-to for estate planning. She is very experienced and I would have no hesitation to refer my clients and loved ones to Ms. Brewer to take care of them."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Janet Brewer is a wonderful lawyer. She works hard to stay at the cutting edge of her profession and brings her passion for what she does to planning for her clients. Janet is great at listening to what her clients need and then helping them to create great plans to benefit her clients and their loved ones."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Janet. She and I have been associated together through WealthCounsel, the premier estate planning association of attorneys and other estate planning professionals in the United States. She is thorough and conscientious with her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Janet is a wealth of knowledge. She consistently impresses me with her business acumen and the concern and care she shows her clients. I highly recommend her to my family, friends and associates."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Brewer has made a subtantial number of contributions on I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is tireless in her effort in providing thoughtful and well reasoned answers to some tough and trickly estate planning and administrative matters. She would be an excellent CA estates attorney to recommend for those in need. She has great insight and experience in this area of the law. Simply a great attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud to endorse Janet, though she certainly doesn't need it - Avvo already has her as a 10 out of 10 - but I would say she's an 11. I have known Janet for over 15 years and have always been impressed with the genuine care, concern and compassion she brings to estate planning. In addition, I admire Janet's desire to be a life-long learner. She regularly attends national and local courses to learn from the best and the brightest in order to stay current on the latest legal strategies, techniques and laws. Her depth of knowledge combined with her sincerity, care and compassion makes her one of the finest estate planners I know."
Estate planning Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the pleasure to get to know Janet through the Laureate in Wealth Strategies Program. Janet is a bright attorney who cares about the families and businesses that she represents. She is a true collaborative planner and I endorse her without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the pleasure to meet Janet recently at a conference. She amazed me with her understanding of estate planning for foreign nationals and the imact it has on their estate. If you have an estate planning issue in Palo alto,Ca. , she is the go to person."
Trusts Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Janet Brewer (no relation to me) is a standout in the area of wills, trusts, estates, and estate planning. I have had cases with and against Janet and I am impressed by her intelligence, knowledge, and thoroughness. Even though she is a veteran attorney in these areas of practice, she still takes courses and strives for self-improvement. When my relatives needed legal assistance in this area, it was an easy choice to refer them to Janet."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Janet Brewer for over 20 years and have a very high regard for her work, ethics and practical approach to resolving issues. I have such high regard for Janet Brewer's skills that I retained her to draft my estate plan. I have referred many friends and family members to her over the years and in every case, those referred thanked me for the referral after completing their estate plans and receiving their bills. I endorse Janet Brewer as a very competent estate planning attorney."
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