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Robert D. Vale

Estate planning Attorney at San Mateo, CA

5.0   1 review

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Trusts

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Limited liability company (LLC)

    22 years, 20 cases

  4. Power of attorney

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Wills and living wills

    37 years, 1,500 cases

Bob has been practicing law in San Mateo since 1982.  He is a native of the peninsula.  Interests include rowing, tennis and soccer when he is not practicing law.  Bob is married to Chris Vale. The couple has one child, Harrison, who currently attends Berkeley.

Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 08/06/2022

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Robert D. Vale
2070 Pioneer Ct
San Mateo, CA, 94403


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Posted by Liza | October 5, 2011
For Trusts and Estate Planning, this is the Lawyer for you!
I have dealt with Mr. Vale on many occasions and have found him to be extremely professional, knowledgeable, reliable and down to earth. He truly knows his stuff and has a real gift of being able to explain the complicated avenues of estate planning and trust execution in a way that anyone can understand. As a real estate professional, it is very important for me to know that who I refer my clients to will be well taken care of with the utmost professionalism & knowledge. Bob is all that and more. Personally, Bob has helped my family with our complicated estate plan and I would have no one else besides Bob handle it. Bob is a rare find and you will be lucky to have him as your lawyer. I highly recommend Robert Vale and his staff...they are the best!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Mcdowall Cotter APC
  • 1982 - Present


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2002
  • University of Santa Clara
  • Master of Business Administration
  • 1979
  • Univ of California Davis
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • law
  • N/A
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  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Dorothy M. Wolfe Award
  • San Mateo County Legal Aid Society
  • 2003

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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob and I participated in a training program for lawyers focused on sophisticated planning strategies for affluent families. The program was a 2 year intensive study and we had the chance to exchange a lot of cutting edge ideas. Bob is intelligent and highly skilled as an estate planning attorney and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for estate planning matters."
Estate planning