also known as Wayne Vincent Robert Smith, Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith now emphasizes work in probate and trust matters. 45+ years experience.Wayne Smith has helped folks with estate planning needs for over 45 years. Call me for help.Mr. Smith has actively engaged in mediation of probate and estate disputes for over 20 years.Probate is often required and easily maligned. But it is complex and Wayne Smith can help.
I have been a lawyer for 43 years. I have been in court in each of those 43 years dealing with a myriad of disputes. I am now devotign most of my time to probate and trust matters. I have done a lot of work over the years as a mediator. I see disputes from many different angles. I like to help people resolve disputes, and I find that experience does help in getting to the point of resolution.
Most of what I have done in the past 30 years involves construction law, real estate law, business and contract law and probate. The basic issues of life arise in these fields of law. I have clients who have been clients and friends for over 30 years. I have clients I have known for just a few months.But I bring all these disciplines and experience to my work in estates.
I am no different from most of my clients. I am a father, husband, grandfather and family man. I enjoy playing golf with friends, and I enjoy traveling and seeing new places. I enjoy a lot of things in life, but the greatest joy comes from the relief shown in the eyes of a person when a dispute gets to closure. Because that is what this life path thing is all about, closure, not the battle.
Hourly ($300-400/hour), Retainer (always)
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I enthusiastically endorse and recommend Wayne Smith as a Mediator. My client was the injured party in a dispute with a neighbor after the neighbor;s retaining wall failed causing damage to my clients property. The other party was uninsured and damages amounted to over $70K and my clients' retaining wall was 50 years old. Wayne skillfully guided the parties and three lawyers through a process that enabled us to resolve the case in less than 7 hours. The case had been pending for over two yrs Great job.
William Kelly Landlord or tenant Attorney
|TX||Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative Suspension||1970||11/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer in Dispute Settlement||Superior Court of Contra Costa||2013|
|Attorney * Mediator||Smith Law Offices||1972 - Present|
|Sales||First Hospital Products||1971 - 1975|
|Law Clerk||US District Court, ED Tex||1968 - 1970|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||member||1972 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1972 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section||member||1972 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Litigation Section||1972 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Conservatorship/Guardianship, Probate and Trust Section||member||1972 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Real Estate Section||1972 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Probate Law Section||member||1972 - Present|
|Mediation Society of Contra Costa County||Board Member, President||2009 - 2014|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||Chair||2008 - 2011|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||Board Member||2004 - 2013|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Litigation Section||Board Member||1998 - 2002|
|Executives Association of Contra Costa County||Board Member, President||1978 - 2013|
|Verlis B Smith Estate||Resolved by global settlement|
|Thomas Ranch Estate||Resolved by global settlement|
|Frank Estate SF Superior Court||Settled|
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|Contra Costa County Bar Journal||Alter Ego - Myth and Law||2011|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||LL.B - Bachelor of Laws||1968|
|University of Waterloo||Economics, Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1965|
|Contra Costa County Bar MCLE||ADR Mediation Practices||2012|
|Brown Bag Lunch Dept 9||Mediating with Selp Represented Litigants||2012|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association MCLE||ADR Mediation Skills Workshop||2011|