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Marinus H W Goossens

Estate planning Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.7   18 reviews

also known as Mark Goossens, Marinus H. Goossens


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The Law Office of Marinus H. Goossens has been assisting clients in the Bay Area with estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, and taxation issues since 2005. With offices in both San Francisco and San Mateo, it  is well positioned to assist clients all over the Bay Area. Our goal is to get you organized and prepared for whatever may happen, and take the concern of estate planning off your plate. That way the expense of future estate administration is minimized, as well as the legal hassle your family has to go through. Please contact the office for a free phone consultation to get started. 

 

 

Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/07/2022

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

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Law Office of Marinus H. Goossens
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA, 94111
Marinus H W Goossens
177 Bovet Road, Suite 600
San Mateo, CA, 94402
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Plan
I hired Mark to help me with my Estate Plan. Before I hired him, we had a detailed phone consultation during which he gave me an overview of the process. He made the process easy to follow and complete and was patient with my questions. Thanks Mark!
Posted by Michael | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate
I was appointed Executor of my best friend’s Estate in his will. After my Friend’s demise I consulted a number of attorneys but they would neither take my Probate case nor talk to me at all. Mr. Goossens talked to me and set up a consultation after the first phone call. The Estate of which I was Executor had unique problems and challenges. At our first consultation Mr. Goossens was able to understand the problems quickly and map out a strategy to meet the various challenges. Mr. Goossens successfully met each challenge. Months after Mr. Goossens started the Probate procedure additional challenges concerning my friend’s State taxes were presented by the State Franchise Board. Mr. Goossens successfully guided me through these unexpected State tax problems. He also guided me through the closing of my friend’s Tax accounts, both the State and the Federal. If a question was raised by a beneficiary Mr. Goossens quickly and tactfully answered it through their attorney. If a problem was presented by a beneficiary Mr. Goossens quickly and tactfully resolved it through their attorney. The Probate of my Best friend’s Estate was handled professionally and tactfully by Mr. Goossens despite a number of unique problems and challenges. I would highly recommend Mr. Goossens to anyone with an estate that needs to go through Probate.
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Posted by Fred | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Mark!
Mark (Marinus) was very helpful in setting up our will and trust. His explanations and advice were detailed, thorough, clear, and friendly. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Kathy | September 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Mark helped me set up my estate plan. He was very organized and clear. He spent time upfront explaining the key concepts, the process and timeline. He made the process very simple through questionnaires and uses a simple and easy way to review the documents and exchange feedback. He was courteous and professional the entire time and always prompt answering questions. The end product, the estate plan binder, was very well organized and clear. It was a great experience.
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Posted by Kathleen | June 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent choice for Estate Planning
Marinus (Mark) guided me through the process of setting up two trusts that I had avoided for years. He is very knowledgeable and informative in all aspects of estate planning. With his help, it was not as daunting as I had imagined and I'm so grateful to have it done. I believe he covered everything in planning my estate and I have full confidence in the finished product. I don't think you'll regret hiring Mark to help you with estate planning.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Mark made the creation of my Trust straightforward and easy. I realize now that I anticipated it to be much worse than it was. We met initially, where he explained the process and I decided to go forward. His dropbox questionnaires led me through the process well. After looking over his draft and making a few edits very easily online, it was done. We met one more time where I signed everything and I especially appreciate how he scans every page as I'm signing to give me on a CD as well as my hard copy. I walked out of the office with everything completed. He is readily available when I call with a question and I've already recommended him to several friends.
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Posted by Mark | May 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer !
Very personable, extensive knowledge about the legal questions we hired him for...trusts, wills, POA, etc. Very easy to talk with and explained things in language that was understandable. I would recommend him.
Posted by Joseph | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We did not make it easy.... but Mark came through.
We have needed an Estate Plan, a Living Trust, the associated Last Will and Testaments, and reworked real estate titles for quite a few years. We finally got the initial procedure started with Mark and he laid out an easily understood plan and a concise timetable. But we had an unfortunate series of health issues on our part that turned Mark's concise, straightforward, and easily understood plan into a series of postponements and OhMyGod we need to get this done NOW issues. Mark worked with us and there was never a loss of confidence that it would get done when and how as required. Mark Goossens has my highest recommendations for both creating a Estate Plan and seeing it through regardless.
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Posted by Marcelle | March 17, 2016
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Rating for Marinus Goossens
Thank you for preparing my living trust! I appreciate your expert advice, and everything was clear and straightforward.
Posted by Basil | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cross t Dot i
Very thorough estate plan. Marinus provided the complete package: information, guidance and legal documents. He patiently answered all our questions and included explanations of the reasoning behind the answers. He also kept us on track through periodic reminders to submit documents and revisions. Importantly, Marinus remains available to answer new questions that come up even after the final plan is delivered.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Mark helped us with our estate planning, which included our durable power of attorney, advance health care directives and wills. He was efficient, had a good grasp of our situation, and provided sound advice based on our situation.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate case
Mark assisted me when I was executor of my late brother's estate. I found him to be precise, detail oriented and conscientous. He communicates clearly and he answered my questions thoughtfully as well as thoroughly. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Graham | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy and efficient estate planning
Mr. Goossens prepared and executed an estate plan for us. As a result of Mr. Goossens high level of organization the process was straightforward and painless for us.
Posted by Cheryl | September 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Trust change management for Gay marriage
Mark provided a clear and concise assessment of the choices available in managing our trusts from single individuals to gay married couple. This allowed us to make the most informed decision for our situation. He was professional and personable at the same time which is greatly appreciated.
Posted by Bruce | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent in all ways
Estate Planning seemed a very complicated and daunting task before we met Mark. He made sure my husband and I fully understood all aspects of our estate planning to the degree that we wanted. Our plan involved a lot of real estate work and multiple trusts which he clearly outlined and organized and created. He is so incredibly organized and knowledgeable that we both feel 100% secure in all of our planning. His follow-up is great. His pricing is great. His work is impeccable. I wholeheartedly recommend Marinus Goossens for all of your Estate Planning/Trust needs!
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2017
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Great lawyer, but not always good on timely communication
I really enjoyed working with Mark and he did a fantastic job on our Estate planning. When we finally met with him he took lots of time to make sure my wife and I understood every detail. His work was top notch, and his prices are very reasonable.. I shopped around a lot before choosing Mark, and he was not the cheapest, but far from the most expensive.. The only problem we had was he would sometimes not respond to my emails and phone calls, and that got frustrating at times.
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Response from Marinus Goossens April 14, 2017
Thank you for your kind review! Your criticism is fair. There were some technical hicc-ups with emails not coming through immediately, but that doesn't explain all of it. It's every busy attorney's challenge to juggle one's time between responding to emails and phone calls and not getting behind in work. All attorneys have had days gone by filled with phone calls and emails, without getting much work done. Since the beginning of this year, I have made some improvements to the office's case management system, which, hopefully, will assist with managing the work-flow better, and allowing me to stay on top of communications as well.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2016
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Thorough and Efficient
Mark was a thorough and efficient lawyer. He explained the process and options thoroughly and concisely. He got everything done in a timely manner. I feel glad that I have my estate planning done.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unavailable and unresponsive service.
We are a client of Marinus Goosen’s and hired him to create our estate plan. As part of this service he agree to be available to answer questions and assist with updates as our lives progressed. Unfortunately, communications with Marinus became significantly delayed and are now non-existent. Communication is so poor that we can’t even confirm if he is a practicing attorney after 6 phone calls and multiple emails. Trusts are living documents which require maintenance and it’s critical an attorney be available for that future maintenance. Our lesson learned is to pick a group that has been around for a while with a clear succession plan.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Marinus H. Goossens
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Aids Legal Referral Panel
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Notary Public
  • State Of California
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Intern
  • Northern California Innocence Project
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Intern
  • U.S. District Court of Northern California
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Project Manager Banking
  • SNS REAAL
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Project Manager Banking
  • Achmea
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Project Manager Banking
  • SNS REAAL
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Sergeant of Infantry
  • Royal Dutch Army
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Intern
  • Fokker Aircraft
  • 1992 - 1992
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LLM
  • 2012
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Radboud University
  • MBA
  • 1995
  • Avans Hoge School
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
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Legal Cases

  • The Joys of Disclaiming
  • Capital Gain Taxes Prevented
  • Bigamy Charge Averted
  • Crisis Prevented
  • Negotiated Estate Claim
  • Happy client; angry opposing counsel (oh well)
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Associations

  • Hyatt Legal Plans Legal Insurance
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ameriprise Financial--Estate Planning Attorney Network
  • Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • ARAG Legal Insurance
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Aids Legal Referral Panel
  • Volunteer
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco-Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • Volunteer
  • 2006 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Dutch
  • English

Awards

  • Best Probate Attorneys in San Francisco
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Graduated with Honors/Cum Laude LLM in Taxation
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2009
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2008
  • Volunteer Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2007
  • Volunteer Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2007
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2006
  • Graduated with Honors/Cum Laude Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Daily Journal
  • New Procedures Will Aid Accurate Eyewitness Identification
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • BNI-New Ventures
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He answers questions competently and accurately."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark has been one of the finest and most knowledgeable estate planning attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. I have known Mark for over ten years; in that time, we have worked together on several estate planning matters. Each time, I watched him combine his in-depth knowledge with an understanding of his client’s needs. This allows him to create the estate plan that best suits his clients rather than trying to fit his clients into a specific plan. There is no other lawyer I would trust more to provide me with the proper guidance on matters related to estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hands down, Mark is a great resource for many estate planning attorneys here in the Bay Area. He's a constant professional and I highly endorse him if you're looking for a trust & estates attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this attorney. Mark is experienced, diligent and hugely knowledgeable in the area of estate planning law."
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San Francisco Estate planning Lawyer Marinus H W Goossens
Marinus H W Goossens
Estate planning Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation