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John Christopher Martin

Estate planning Attorney at Menlo Park, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
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I am a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. My office is in Menlo Park, and I live in Redwood City. Call today:. 


The Law Offices of John C. Martin
1145 Merrill St
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-4303

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Posted by Red G | October 26, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
The universe smiled upon me when I was referred to John Martin. Just being able to explain my very emotionally charged issue(Probate) to someone who actually listened, asked valid, pertinent questions and was able to explain the reality and totality of my situation was the RELIEF I desperately needed. After speaking to John, I felt as if a huge weight was lifted and hope returned. I don't know if he is going to take my case but just speaking to him was enough for me. He restored belief in, not only myself, but my reason & cause for going through this horrible situation. I cannot adequately express in words what he did for me! 5 stars isn't enough!
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Posted by Maureen | November 9, 2013
John Martin Law - Excellent!
We used John Martin to create our Living Trust and later, to draw up a legal papers regarding a shared equity purchase. In both cases, John Martin was incredibly knowledgable, professional, a wealth of wisdom - truly went beyond what we had expected. John is personable and very comfortable to work with. We have referred him to numerous others and every time people thank us for doing so.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2013
Estate Planning and Advice
John is a very professional lawyer that clearly explains his services. He listens to your concerns and gets back to you in a timely way. His prices are fair and his ongoing service is very useful. After a serious accident last year he worked with my family to find the proper legal sources that I needed. I then could recover in peace knowing things had been taken care of.
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Posted by PAUL | November 6, 2013
John C. Martin Review
Mr. Martin is very professional, knowledgeable, and takes the time to explain things in layman's terms. He is easy to work with and identifies the areas that need attention. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Ed & Marcia | November 4, 2013
Updating our old revokable living trust
Our trust was in need of being revised and updated, and we had put it off because we did not know of a lawyer to do it for us since the other lawyer had retired. We know the Martin family and had heard that John had recently opened his law practice. John went over the whole process with us and showed the many areas where we needed changes and items lacking in our old trust. The experience was pleasant for us with John answering all our questions and explaining several things about the trust that we never really understood. We are very pleased with out new trust and know that John is available for any help we need in the future.
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Posted by Dana | October 31, 2013
A great attorney to trust with our estate and wills
John Martin is an honest, straightforward attorney. He is extremely trustworthy. He is a very smart man. I find him sincere and direct. No confusion, everything articulately explained. I highly recommend his expertise....
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of John C. Martin
  • 2008 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Office of James D. Palmer, Jr.
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Summer Associate
  • Salans
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Community Legal Services Of East Palo Alto
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Boston Coll Law School
  • JD
  • 2008
  • Univ Of California At Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Diplome du Programme International
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Petition for Instructions and Construction of Trust Instrument
  • Settled according to terms favorable to client
  • Petition to Terminate Trust - San Mateo County Superior Court
  • The court granted the petition
  • Petition to Confirm Trust Property - Alameda County Superior Court
  • Case settled according to terms favorable to client
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  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited Business
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kiwanis
  • Past President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Ragazzi
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Kiwanis Club Foundation of Menlo Park
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Boston College International Law Review
  • Executive Board of Editors
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
  • United States Congress
  • 2010
  • Peter A. Donovan Award
  • Boston College Law School
  • 2008
  • Best Advocate
  • European Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2008
  • Regional Finalist
  • European Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2008
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  • Internal Revenue Service Department of the Treasury
  • PLR 201551008
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Community Education of San Mateo County
  • Estate Planning Instructional Course
  • 2010
  • Community Education of San Mateo County
  • Estate Planning Instructional Course
  • 2009
  • Community Education of San Mateo County
  • Estate Planning Instructional Course
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse John
Trusts Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is young, smart, and able based on my personal experience in working with him on many files. -Jim Palmer"
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consulted with John on some trust matters in the past and was very impressed with the knowledge and insight he provided me."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Menlo Park Estate planning Lawyer John Christopher Martin
John Christopher Martin
Estate planning Attorney
Menlo Park, CA
Licensed for 15 years