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Michael A. Manfred

Estate planning Attorney at Napa, CA

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
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About Michael

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Practice areas

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. 


Manfred & Hunt, LLP
2025 Redwood Road
Suite 5
Napa, CA, 94558


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  • Hourly Rates $ 495-495 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Manfred & Hunt, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gaw Van Male
  • 2002 - 2014


  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Southern California
  • Master of Business
  • 2001
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Intensive Course (EPIC)
  • Tax Planning Matters, Tax Procedure, and Tax Returns
  • 2015
  • Webinar
  • Estate Planning Acronyms
  • 2014
  • Gaw's Systems Approach to Advanced Estate Planning
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Postmortem Trust Administration
  • Subtrust Funding
  • 2010
  • High End Estate Planning
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Trusts Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Trusts Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a honest and trustworthy lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael has deep experience in estate and trust matters and he is a reliable resource for my clients who need assistance in this regard. Whether it is a power of attorney or a complete estate plan, or the administration of a plan, Michael understands the tax and other legal issues involved and helps come up with practical strategies for implementation of the client's goals. It's exciting that he and Lori Hunt have formed a firm to provide even more cost-effective guidance on estate/trust matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Napa Estate planning Lawyer Michael A. Manfred
Michael A. Manfred
Estate planning Attorney
Napa, CA
Licensed for 22 years