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Jay Gordon Roadarmel

Probate Attorney at Pleasanton, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Jay at LifePlan Lawyer

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 1 year
    California - CA 30 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State MI
    Acquired 2022
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jay

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I am a Wills, Trusts and Probate attorney serving planning clients throughout the East Bay in cities like Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Livermore and Castro Valley. I also serve Probate clients throughout the entire Bay Area. I'm a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law--a designation awarded by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization to less than one percent of attorneys in California. I'm a 1993 UC Davis School of Law graduate. On a personal note, I have had some great life experiences that help me understand the unique needs and concerns of my clients. Preparing a Will or Trust is a personal process and I'm glad my clients feel comfortable sharing their goals and concerns so we can come up with the best plan for them. I lived abroad during middle school and high school in India and Thailand. I am part of a blended family with four children. My wife was a special education teacher for 28 years and now works with me as our office manager. My step-daughter is our legal secretary. I made the great decision to adopt one of my children from Thailand. I am part of a large family with connections to India, Cameroon, Thailand, Korea, China, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines. The best part of my job is finding ways to connect with my clients and hearing them share how much peace of mind they receive from completing their estate plan. I offer a free no-pressure telephone consultation which may be booked through my website. The whole idea is to make estate planning approachable and help you finally complete that plan you've been putting off for years!

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With my step-daughter and legal secretary, Daphney and my wife and office manager, Debbie.

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LifePlan Lawyer
1811 Santa Rita Rd., Ste 207
Pleasanton, CA, 94566


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Posted by Sarah & Murray | July 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jay Roadarmel and LifePlan Lawyer are a Cut Above the Rest
We are very grateful to have found Jay and his LifePlan Lawyer Team and were more than satisfied with their professionalism and knowledge. Jay walked my husband and I through the process of creating a Living Trust, Healthcare Directive, and Pour-Over Will, patiently answering our questions and making things easy to understand. He kept us on task and the whole process from start to finish was only a couple of weeks and it has now given us the peace of mind that our family will avoid costly probate fees and that our assets will transfer to our family with ease. Jay and his wife, Debbie, are great people and they make the process easy with online meetings and a very efficient in-person signing. We went for a bite to eat locally and then picked up our very nice binder with all documents organized only about 45 mins after signing. To top it off, Jay took a photo of us as his gift to us. I would definitely recommend Jay and the Lifeplan Lawyer Team to anyone looking for honest, professional, efficient and very personable legal advice. Jay and his team are a cut above the rest and his fees are reasonable too - you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Monica | April 28, 2022
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Highly recommend!
Jay and his team were incredibly kind, helpful, and knowledgable. They quickly and efficiently helped my husband and I create and establish our trust, will, and a few other documents. I highly recommend anyone to work with Jay!
Posted by Paul | January 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Small family office with great personal attention. Helped make administration of the trust much easier than anticipated and everything was done correctly and efficiently. Highly recommend.
Posted by Lorrie | June 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Revised trust
Thank you Debbie and Jay for all your help. You made the process easy for me. You also helped me to understand somethings I was Unclear about. I now Feel like everything is in order for my family when needed. Thank you for being responsive to my needs
Posted by Pat | March 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We contacted Jay because we wanted to replace an existing trust. He presented our options in an easy to understand way, drafted a trust document as well as wills, DPOAs and Health Care Directives and made the changes we wanted in under three weeks. He was professional, listened well and completely understood our objectives. We highly recommend Jay Roadermel!
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Posted by Ned | July 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, thorough, competent, and approachable
I recommend Jay enthusiastically and without reservation. He does all my family's estate planning work. Jay has excellent client relation skills and attention to detail. He's great at explaining complicated concepts and is super organized.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • LifePlan Lawyer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adult Education Teacher - Estate Planning Courses
  • Pleasanton Unified School District
  • 2017 - 2019


  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • College of Wooster
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Probate Estates


  • California Estate Planning Attorneys' Study Group
  • Moderator
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • N/A
  • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • Elite Service Provider
  • ARAG
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1993
  • National Presbyterian Scholar
  • 1989
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  • UC Davis School of Law Independent Thesis
  • Tax Deductibility of International Charitable Donations
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Private Conference
  • Estate Planning for CFPs
  • 2017
  • Private Conference for Real Estate Investors
  • Estate Planning and Real Estate
  • 2017
  • Wine and Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Educational Seminar
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2015
  • Educational Seminar Series
  • California Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Wine and Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Estate Planning - The Basics
  • 2015
  • Wine and Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Jay
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jay is the consummate professional, and one of the most caring attorneys I know. His calm, understanding attitude makes him an ideal attorney for estate planning, estate administration, and life planning in general. Jay listens, counsels with confidence, and a builds strong relationships with his clients and the community. I know this from working with directly with Jay on a matter and learning first-hand how he operates and how much trust his clients have in him."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jay is a diligent, competent, and thoughtful attorney. He is a real asset to the legal community. He goes above and beyond for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. Jay is honest, professional, and highly capable."
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