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Charles Matthew Riffle

Guardianship Attorney at Redwood City, CA

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Licensed for 50 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1972
Updated 09/12/2022

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Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, A P.C.
900 Veterans Boulevard Suite 600
Redwood City, CA, 94063
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Aaron Riechert Et Al
333 Twin Dolphin Dr Ste 350
Redwood City, CA, 94065-1489
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Posted by Glenn | July 25, 2013
Highly Recommended
I was involved in a family partnership dispute. I initially worked with an attorney who tried to help me negotiate a settlement with the opposing party. When the other party was completely uncooperative, I was told by my attorney that there was nothing further I could do and that I had no case. I was then referred to Chuck Riffle, and I am so glad that I decided to hire him! Chuck and his team reviewed the partnership agreement and immediately verified that I in fact had rights that two other attorneys did not know about. My case was complicated and complex, and it took Chuck's specialized knowledge on partnerships and trusts to defend my rights. I ended up having to file a lawsuit against the other party. At every step of the way, Chuck was extremely professional, knowledgeable and strategic about pursuing the case. Ultimately, the case settled, and thanks to Chuck and his excellent work, the settlement worked out favorably for me. I am very pleased with the work that Chuck and his team did on my behalf and would always, without any hesitation, recommend Chuck.
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Posted by TB | July 11, 2015
A Clown That Carries A Tiny Stick
Chuck Riffle is a doofus that speaks loudly but carries a tiny stick. His knowledge of Probate Law brings into question his comprehensive capabilities. In court, he's a finger waving clown that's easy to dismiss. More often than not he run's out of a courtroom with with his tail between his legs. You've been warned...Don't be one of Chuck's chumps.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2012
I've dealt with a lot of lawyers and Chuck Riffle is the absolute worst. My accountant says he can make the most simple thing complicated. I just found him to be an arrogant ass with limited knowledge. There are much better lawyers out there.
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2010
I don't recommend
I agree with these other posts. I was not given advice on what was best for me but what was best for Mr. Riffle and the other attorney's involved.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2008
The lawyer who recommended Riffle is still aplogizing
Charles Riffle has a good reputation and credentials. The best possible interpretation is that he has been living off of his own coat tails for too long. He was recommended to my mom as the "go-to" guy in probate matters. Well, I can see why other attorneys like him. He makes them rich, too. At every possible turn, Rifle was the block to reaching compromise. 100s of thousands of dollars later, we finally got an attorney from outside of the area who pointed out among other things, that Riffle told one judge that a property had a lot of value, so it should be kept, and managed. (Creating fees for Riffle and friends). Less than six months later, he told another judge that the same property needed to be sold. More fees to Riffle and friends. It went on and on. Beside being dishonest, he is just simply heartless, including to the elderly people he is supposed to be "helping"
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2007
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I used Charles Riffle for a divorce case to defend my community property rights which are ferociously guarded and protected by California law. To be fair I now see that he has wisely left family law practice because this man simply has no idea what he's doing in this arena. He lost my case to a claim of a verbal prenuptial agreement which isn't even recognized in California law and specifically excluded. He's that bad. On the factual side, Charles Riffle decided to pursue a legal theory in my defense which I now know has absolutely no basis in written or case law. None. Zero. During the course of the trial, he was sternly reprimanded by the judge for an emotional outburst which I feel jeopardized my standing with the court. Three times he told me he was "99 percent" certain that we would win the case. When we lost due to his ineptitude, he demonstrated his depth of integrity by denying he ever said this. During the course of the trial, he never even pursued what the other side claimed, never giving me the chance to explain to the court a version of the facts which could be corroborated by unassailable documents. One time he tried to pass by me a $900 (approximate) bill for document copying at $0.75 per page. I think of this man as a world class idiot for all times. Of course I could be wrong in my interpretation of the objective facts mentioned above. But in this case, I seriously doubt it. You may want to remember this story when you consider hiring this guy.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)


  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1972
  • University of San Francisco
  • 1969


  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - Present


  • Dorothy Wolfe Award
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 2004
  • James M. Dennis
  • N/A


  • San Francisco Trust Forum
  • When Death and Divorce Collide
  • 1998
  • Probate News
  • Representing the Conservatee in a Contested Probate Conservatorship Proceeding
  • 1993

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Guardianship Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is well known and respected by the judiciary. He has a calming demeanor which is helpful in high conflict cases with overlapping trust and guardianship issues."
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Redwood City Guardianship Lawyer Charles Matthew Riffle
Charles Matthew Riffle
Guardianship Attorney
Redwood City, CA
Licensed for 50 years