I enjoy helping all types of families plan for the future.I advise clients on achieving Medi-Cal eligibility for long-term skilled nursing care.Flat fees charged for complete estate plans.I assist in probates and court petitions in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.I specialize in first-party and third-party special needs trusts.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law||State Bar of California||2014|
|Certificate of Estate Planning||Golden Gate University||2011|
|Principal||Cookman Law||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Lakin Spears LLP||2012 - 2014|
|Attorney||Gilfix & La Poll Associates||2008 - 2012|
|Attorney||Morrison & Foerster (Palo Alto)||2004 - 2007|
|Clerk||United States Court Of Appeals 3d Circuit||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|Palo Alto Area Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Indiana International and Comparative Law Review||Finding a Happy Ending for Foreign Investors: the Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in the People's Republic of China||2005|
|Connecticut Journal of International Law||Turn the Other Cheek, or Demand an Eye for an Eye? Religious Persecution in China and an Effective Western Response||2004|
|Golden Gate University, School of Law||Estate Planning||Certificate of Estate Planning||2011|
|University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)||Law||J.D||2003|
|Pomona College||Music Theory||B.A.||1996|
|NAMI San Mateo County||Special Needs Trusts||2015|
|NAMI Alameda County General Meeting||Estate planning tools for families with mental health challenges||2015|
|Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), Fremont||Estate planning tools||2015|
|Parents Place Palo Alto||Estate Planning||2014|
|NAMI Annual Meeting||Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs||2014|
|Presentation||Estate Planning for Families with Disabilities||2013|
Posted by Patricia
Ellen has a warm personality and is terrific at explaining complex estate planning concepts and strategies in simple terms. She has a sharp legal mind. Although she is already a certified specialist and a leader in her field, she never stops seeking further education in order to provide her clients with the best and most current legal advice.
Posted by Karen
We retained Ellen Cookman to do our estate planning, set up trusts, and write wills. We have two children and were eager to make arrangements for them for best and worst case scenarios. Ellen worked diligently and efficiently to set everything up for us, listened carefully to all our needs and wants, and produced an excellent set of documents and directives for our family. She maintained professional discretion and treated our family with great care and respect. She has followed up regularly to ensure our needs are met as time goes on, and has been an excellent resource for advice on other matters as well.
Ellen is clearly dedicated to her work and demonstrates unimpeachable integrity. I recommend her highly; I have recommended her multiple times to friends and colleagues entering into estate planning.