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Heather Matsumoto Hoekstra

Trusts Attorney at San Francisco, CA

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
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About Heather

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Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    Representation of Trustees and Beneficiaries in trust and will contests or conflicts arising from a trust or probate administration.

  2. Elder law
    Representation of elders, conservators, private professional fiduciaries, and other interested parties in cases involving elder abuse, litigation, or conservatorships.

  3. Probate
    Representation of beneficiaries or heirs in contested and uncontested probates.

  4. Power of attorney
    Representation of individuals nominated under power of attorneys either in administration or litigation.

I help guide clients and families through some of the most difficult and painful legal times in their lives. Whether elder clients need to protect themselves from vulnerability while maintaining their autonomy through estate planning, children seek to protect their parents from financial abuse, or families want to resolve their inheritance disputes practically, I approach each client and matter with respect and compassion.

Inheritances are finite resources. Everyone benefits when less of their money is spent fighting, so I aim to resolve matters outside of court either through direct negotiation with counsel or pre-litigation mediation. However, if and when court redress becomes necessary, I assertively take clients through the entire litigation process from pleading through trial through appeal.

I also represent trustees and other fiduciaries whose actions and decisions are being challenged by beneficiaries and heirs. Conversely, I represent beneficiaries and heirs who believe they have been wronged by those in control of their property.

My drive and passion for this area of the law has garnered me an excellent reputation among my peers.


Downey Brand LLP
455 Market Street
Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Counsel
  • Downey Brand LLP, Trust and Estate Litigation Practice Group, San Francisco, CA
  • 2022 - Present
  • Founder
  • Hoekstra Law PC
  • 2020 - 2023
  • Attorney
  • Morrill Law Firm
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Of Counsel
  • Morrill Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Contract Attorney
  • Orrick, Herrington, Suitcliffe, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Law Clerk, Statewide Enforcement Division
  • California Coastal Commission
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Departmental Guest, Prog. in Law & Public Affairs
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Solo Practioner
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Law Clerk, Office of Chief Counsel
  • California Energy Commission
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Holland & Knight
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk in Environment, Land Law, & Nat. Resources Sections
  • California Attorney General Office
  • 2008 - 2008
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Columbia University
  • Master of Public Administration
  • 2005
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2020

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020


  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • New Probate Laws: You Will Want To Read This… Trust Me
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • CEB Webinar Series
  • Webinar: An Overview of Capacity and Undue Influence
  • 2018
  • EBTEL Brownbag
  • Attorneys' Fees in Trust Litigation
  • 2017
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San Francisco Trusts Lawyer Heather Matsumoto Hoekstra
Heather Matsumoto Hoekstra
Trusts Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 12 years