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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 45%
    31 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Elder Law: 30%
    41 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    31 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  4. Probate: 5%
    31 years, 200 cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Schuster

    Michael Gilfix is a legend in the field of elder law. He was a co-author of one the earliest works in the field. I have attended CE programs taught by him and his depth of knowledge and quickness of mind is second to none, anywhere in the country. Michael is simply one of the best elder law attorneys in the United States.


    James Schuster Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Valerie Meade Logsdon

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike has a great sense of empathy and can explain complex issues so that a client can understand them. A great person and a great lawyer. Valerie Logsdon


    Valerie Logsdon Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

2300 Geng Rd #200
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Fellow of the AcademyNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys1989
Phi Beta KappaStanford University1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding and Senior PartnerGilfix & La Poll Associates1983 - Present
DirectorSenior Adults Legal Assistance1973 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Special Needs PlannersMember, Advisory Board2009 - Present
Older Adults Care ManagementPresident, Advisory Board of Directors1995 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard of Directors1988 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
Trusts and Estates MagazineThe High Cost of Aging2012
Matthew Bender/Lexis Nexis -- 2 Volume Book with co-authors, updated 2/yearTax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Stanford Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law & Policy of the Developing Brain: Neuroscience from Womb to DeathLegal Planning Implications2012