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Marina Modlin

Estate planning Attorney at Mountain View, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 16 years
    Washington - WA 4 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marina

Learn Marina’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Trust administration; probate; guardianships of estates; estate planning for pet parents.

    15 years

  2. Probate
    Non-trust post death administration in Probate Court.

    15 years

  3. Trusts
    Drafting Revocable Living Trusts.

    15 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    Drafting Wills and Living Wills, also known as Advance Health Care Directives.

    15 years


I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and am a graduate of UC Davis and University of San Francisco School of Law.


Straight out of law school, I founded Modlin Legal, which back then was a freelance law practice: I did the work that other attorneys had no time for. I built that business up on referrals only, and worked for numerous small firms and solo practitioners across the whole state of California, in many different practice areas.


In January of 2010, I stopped freelancing and Modlin Legal became a full service estate planning firm. I specialize exclusively on clients whose net worth is under $5m. I have developed a very efficient 3-meeting planning process. I always offer free consultations, and strive to work for flat fees, whenever possible. The firm is nearly completely paperless, utilizes the latest cloud-based technology, and was just certified as a Santa Clara County Green Business.


My goal is to make estate planning affordable, accessible, and less intimidating. Please contact me for a free consultation. 

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Modlin Legal
800 W. El Camino Real
Suite 180
Mountain View, CA, 94040
Marina Modlin
951 Mariners Island Blvd
Suite 300
San Mateo, CA, 94404
Marina Modlin
900 E. Hamilton Ave.
Ste. 100
Campbell, CA, 95008
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Posted by Michael | September 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Marina is AMAZING!!
I was absolutely certain that I'd already written a review for Modlin Legal, but since I don't see it here I'll assume it was a figment of my imagination! Like many people, my wife and I had put this off for a very long time. Estate and Trust stuff can be scary to people (don't we already spend enough time contemplating our own demise??!?), but Marina made it pleasant, quick, and easy. She's very personable, super friendly, and she knows her stuff. And take it from me.. the comfort of having it finally done is really, REALLY nice. My only regret is that we didn't find her sooner because the spent anxious energy of not having it done for so long before was a big waste. If you've been procrastinating and want to work with someone who will make the process easy and smooth, you found the right place. Marina is wonderful, so give her a call.
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Posted by Matvey Farber | August 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable and Honest Service
Marina helped my wife and I setup an estate plan for our family. This was a very positive experience in that she took great care and time to explain the process, intricacies and any special situations that i'm sure come up for all clients. She also took extra time and patience in answering all of our questions as we were newbies to the process. Marina really knows her stuff and is very customer oriented. When it came to execution she was great in keeping the schedule, extended covid-related courtesy (zoom meetings, socially distant in-person document signing), and ultimately helping to get everything submitted with the proper county agencies on our behalf. Highly recommend Marina as an expert who truly cares about her clients. Thank you Marina!
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Posted by Lorraine | August 31, 2021
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Very happy to recommend Marina
Marina helped us to update out trust and wills. She was so professional, knowledgeable and thorough. She managed to keep us focused on the tasks at hand and as a result every document was signed, sealed and delivered in a very timely manner. It was a pleasure working with her.
Posted by Joe | August 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and responsive
Marina prepared our family trust documentation, wills, and filings. She is extremely knowledgeable and guided us well through the intricate details. She handled all the paperwork and filings accurately and perfectly. You could not ask more of an estate planning lawyer. Her prices were reasonable, and I can recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Harry and Donna | August 28, 2021
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A Trustworthy Trust Attorney
Nobody really likes to think about wills and trusts, know. Unless they're a passionate probate attorney. Fortunately Marina is just that. Five years ago she led us painlessly to a working estate plan and a trust to make that plan work. Recently she helped us through some time-sensitive real estate transactions to keep our estate in order. Her assistance was exceptionally timely and efficient. We're really glad to have had her help.
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Posted by Alison | August 27, 2021
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Efficient and thoughtful work
Marina set up a trust for me, mostly to hold real estate I’d acquired as a single person. She clearly explained why I needed to do this, and made the process as pain free as estate planning can ever be! Everything was well thought out and the process of signing was clear and easy. Highly recommended.
Posted by John | August 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and responsive
Marina got our estate planning done very efficiently, even over a vacation of hers. The signings were done remotely. This worked well thanks to her excellent written instructions which were easy to follow. She was good at explaining how to think about the decisions required to execute a trust.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Modlin Legal
  • 2010 - Present


  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Univ of California Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English


  • D&L Publishers
  • Wills & Trusts For the Rest of Us: Estate Planning for California Residents with a Net Worth Up to 10 Million Dollars
  • 2016

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Mountain View Estate planning Lawyer Marina Modlin
Marina Modlin
Estate planning Attorney
Mountain View, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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