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Mike is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  With an undergraduate degree in Economics and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, he attended the University of Southern California, graduating with both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Taxation in 2001.  Mike also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation.


Mike’s interest in estate planning stems from his experiences with family and friends who have gone through the process of losing a loved one.  With good planning before death and proper advice after death, much of the stress of surviving family members can be alleviated.  His down to earth approach combined with his experience and expertise in the estate planning, trust administration, probate, and estate tax areas allow him to help his clients understand and navigate the process.


Mike helps clients from all walks of life:  from people in need of basic Wills, Revocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Finance, and Advance Health Care Directives to people who already have a basic estate plan in place and are in the need of more advanced estate planning techniques such as Dynasty Trusts, Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (“IDGTs”), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (“GRATs”), and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (“QPRTs”) to people who have recently lost a family member and are in need of help administering an estate.


Over the years, Mike has given various presentations on the subjects of estate planning and trust administration to various businesses and Civic Groups.  In addition, he has spent considerable time preparing materials for and giving presentations for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) on subjects such as Postmortem Trust Administration, High End Estate Planning, and Estate Planning Acronyms.


While not in the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his family.  On the very rare occasions when he does have free time, he loves to do anything outdoors where he enjoys running, hiking, biking, playing soccer and volleyball, and has been known to brew his own beer on occasion. 


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 40%
    13 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    13 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    13 years



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bruce Alexander Myers

    Mike and I have worked together on a number of trust cases. I have found him to be very responsive to clients and very knowledgeable, particularly with regard to GRATs and other high end estate planning tools.


    Bruce Myers Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lori Akiko Hunt

    Mike and I recently started a law practice together. I would never have gone into business with someone that I didn't implicitly trust as both a person and as a lawyer. He's smart, caring, and trustworthy -- and he truly cares about his work and his clients.


    Lori Hunt Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Manfred & Hunt, LLP

2025 Redwood Road
Suite 5
Napa, CA, 94558


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyManfred & Hunt, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyGaw Van Male2002 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Napa County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Southern CaliforniaTaxMaster of Business2001
Vanderbilt UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Vanderbilt UniversityFine ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning Intensive Course (EPIC)Tax Planning Matters, Tax Procedure, and Tax Returns2015
WebinarEstate Planning Acronyms2014
Gaw's Systems Approach to Advanced Estate PlanningAdvanced Estate Planning2012
Postmortem Trust AdministrationSubtrust Funding2010
High End Estate PlanningAdvanced Estate Planning2010