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Roxanne Tam Jen

Estate planning Attorney at San Mateo, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 13 years
    Washington - WA 15 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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Roxanne T. Jen is a partner at McDowall Cotter. Roxanne received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in 2003 and earned her law degree and M.B.A. degree from the Seattle University School of Law and the Albers School of Business and Economics in 2008. She became certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law in 2016. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Washington State Bar Association.

Roxanne is also active in the San Mateo County Bar Association where she has served as a member on various Bar Committees including as Chair of the Barrister’s Section the Lawyer Referral Committee. She is an active member of the County Bar’s Estate Planning and Probate Section and she is a member of WealthCounsel. Roxanne has volunteered time as a pro bono attorney to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Roxanne and the other members of the firm recognize the importance of service to the firm’s clients and to the community. She is also fluent in Mandarin-Chinese and Cantonese.

In addition to maintaining an active law practice, Roxanne spends time with her husband, Bobby, and their sons. Family activities include hiking, reading, and cooking.


McDowall Cotter
2070 Pioneer Court
San Mateo, CA, 94403

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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2016
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Smart, friendly, and fast
After talking with Roxanne and another legal firm about my estate planning needs, I selected Roxanne because of the referral I received for her, her knowledge, her genuine and friendly rapport, and focus on getting the plan done. She did not make it a drawn out, rigorous process. She clearly presented my options in straightforward terms and kept the process moving. Her flat-rate was competitive. I enjoyed working with Roxanne and am happy to have her as a legal resource going forward. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again or refer her.
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Posted by Alexander | December 31, 2015
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Get your plans in order
Roxanne is great to work with. Not only does she know her stuff legally/technically, she has a wonderful way of working with you on this rather macabre topics. I mean who wants to talk about what happens after we get too sick or even pass away?! The process is clear and my responsibilities were easy to complete. We talked through various scenarios and options and I felt very comfortable and supported all the way. And everything is documented and memorialized in a binder so it's at hand when the time comes!
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Posted by Vickie | December 17, 2015
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Roxanne Jen
Roxanne Jen was intelligent, informed, detail oriented, personable, and efficient. I ended up with a complete estate plan. I have since recommended her to others, and would definitely use her again myself.
Posted by Lynn | December 4, 2015
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Estate Planning
Our estate is fairly simple, but our family situation is quite complicated. Roxanne helped us figure out how to plan for our disabled son while also acknowledging our two additional sons in our blended family Roxanne is very personable, she has an empathetic manner that put both my husband and me at ease while discussing delicate matters.. We incorporated her suggestions into our planning and are very pleased with the final results.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
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Efficient, responsive, and translates legalize to laymen terms
We used Roxanne for our trust and estate planning. It took us quite some time to make all the decisions we needed to make to settle on the terms to include in our estate planning documents, but Roxanne was extremely patient with us. She didn't mind answering the same questions or explaining to us what the different options were and what they meant for us and our family. She did not rush us and was respectful of the fact that we needed time to make these decisions. Roxanne was responsive to our communications and efficient with our time--she's very respectful of the fact that this is an important process to get through, but that we didn't want to spend hours and hours in her office to get it done. We were especially appreciative of the ease within which Roxanne boiled down legalize into laymen's terms for us, and continue to be impressed by her follow-up and proactiveness in ensuring that we have closed the loop on anything related to our estate plan. For instance, we purchased a new home, and she took it upon herself to schedule a meeting with us to grant the deed into the trust. No one wants to have to think about these matters, but knowing that we can trust Roxanne to get them onto paper and updated as needed is comforting.
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Posted by Dan | September 24, 2015
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Very good
I have used Roxanne's services many times & found her to be outstanding! She is very knowledgeable about trusts, & estates. I had her redo our old Living Trust & for other things like grant deeds. She explains things very simply & clearly for us to understand. She is very personable & easy to work with. The cost of her services were really reasonable. I have recommended her to friends & they were all very pleased with her.
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  • Seattle University
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2008


  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Mateo County Barristers
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015

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"Roxanne is a superb lawyer and a wonderful person. I would feel confident referring anyone, including my own friends and family, to her."
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San Mateo Estate planning Lawyer Roxanne Tam Jen
Roxanne Tam Jen
Estate planning Attorney
San Mateo, CA
Licensed for 15 years
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