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Ryan Hays Apperson

Estate planning Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Ryan H. Apperson, Ryan Apperson

  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    70%
    A good estate plan ensures the proper transfer of your assets and that your beneficiaries will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes. Proper planning gives you the control over the disposition of your assets, your medical care, and the guardianship of your children. A typical estate plan includes a pour-over will to handle your personal property, a trust to hold assets such as real property, a durable power of attorney for financial transactions, and an advance healthcare directive.

  2. Probate
    15%

  3. Trusts
    15%

Ryan is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. During his studies he was awarded certificates with distinction in Labor & Employment Law as well as Public Interest Law.

During law school Ryan represented low-wage workers at an employment rights clinic. He spent his second summer of law school investigating charges of unfair labor practices at the National Labor Relations Board. Ryan gained further experience working for a federal magistrate judge as a legal intern and teaching assistant for the judge’s evidence course at Golden Gate University. Additionally, he learned valuable litigation experience preparing for trial at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ryan has also represented thousands of Bay Area school employees through collective bargaining.

Prior to law school, Ryan graduated with distinction from San Diego State University with a BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution, specializing in Global Systems. Ryan performed a year of service in the Americorps *VISTA program where he was assigned to the International Rescue Committee. There he helped run an after school program for refugee teenagers in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood.

 

Bar Membership

State Bar of California, No. 303197, admitted 2015

 

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Contra Costa Bar Association

•  Estate Planning & Probate Section

•  Employment Section

•  Barristers Section

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Location

Law Office of Ryan H. Apperson
1299 Newell Hill Place, Ste. 300
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

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Posted by Nanette | August 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
My husband and I met with Ryan to evaluate and update the Living Trust we executed years ago with an on-line service. We are very glad we did! Ryan was able to quickly summarize the changes we needed to make and suggested additional steps we should take to finalize our estate plan. From beginning to end, Ryan is highly professional and trustworthy. No gimmicks, pressure or uncomfortableness. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Katie | December 9, 2021
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Great! Highly Recommended!
Highly recommended! The most amazing and understanding person! He really took the time to explain things to me. He worked hard and quickly to get my items written up. I feel much better about my situation and I really feel like he has my back. Thank you sooo much Ryan! Your the best
Posted by Laura | October 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and Trustworthy
My experience working with Ryan H. Apperson, Attorney at Law, was most inspiring. I had put off doing a Living Trust for several years due to not knowing who to trust and the expense of having it done. I had attended a couple of seminars on Living Trust and just didn’t feel comfortable. A friend referred me to Mr. Apperson. With one telephone call, I knew he would be the person to take care of my needs. He listened to my concerns, explained the process in a language I could understand and his fee is exceptionally reasonable. When I met with Mr. Apperson, I knew I made the right choice… I feel he is quite trustworthy and I appreciate his assistance. Everything was handled in such a timely manner and I have and will continue referring Mr. Apperson to friends and family.
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Posted by Sabina | February 18, 2018
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Definitely a must do to have a living trust and Mr. Apperson is great help!
I was going on a long international trip late last year, and thought to get my financial affairs in order just in case. I interviewed several attorneys and Mr. Apperson stood out from the crowd with his knowledge and a caring attitude. He understands my particular concerns, and he recommends that my situation would be better off with a living trust, as I have real property that my elder parents need to live in and that as a trustee I can still make all the decision for the assets like I have always done. Avoiding the probate for my elder parents who do not speak English and/or legalese is of utmost importance to me, and I trust Mr. Apperson will take care that process for them if something happens and that the right person will get what I want them to have. I have since recommended Mr. Apperson to a few people who asked if I know good estate attorney. Do your loved ones a favor by getting a living trust drawn up, and that will give yourself peace of mind too!
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Posted by Jill | January 31, 2018
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An Estate Planning Attorney I Trust
I consulted with Ryan and he'll be updating our trust. He provided very helpful information about how the laws have changed and the benefits of updating our trust since it was last updated before 2010. He is honest, professional and trustworthy. I will definitely refer family and friends to Ryan!
Posted by Amy | November 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Sensitive, Thorough Estate Planning
Ryan Apperson has been assisting my husband and me with our estate plan after I bid on his generous estate plan donation at a fundraising event in April. Although we began the process with Ryan in June, we have been remiss in getting back to him in a timely manner due to work conflicts, but he has continued to be patient and professional. One aspect of the plan even changed in the course of the time we have been working on it and Ryan volunteered this information to us though it meant he would have to spend even more time speaking with us and working on our plan. Ryan deserves much credit for his professionalism and patience as well as his warmth and sensitivity in discussing matters that can be uncomfortable to talk about. Ryan comes highly recommended.
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Posted by Megan | June 5, 2017
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Highly Recommend
Ryan is an absolute breeze to work with and we would recommend him 100%. As a young family, we wanted to execute a will and create a trust so we would feel more secure as our family grows. Ryan guided us every step of the way and helped us answer the tough questions that come with estate planning. He is very astute, professional, and thorough in his work and we know we can trust him to help create the best plan for us. We will continue to use Ryan throughout our lifetime to make amendments and modifications to our very personal and important documents.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Ryan H. Apperson
  • 2016 - Present
  • Labor Relations Representative
  • California School Employees Association
  • 2014 - 2016

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007
  • Fresno City College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Contra Costa Bar Association, Barristers/Young Lawyers Section
  • Ex Officio, Immediate Past President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Business Networking International, Cornerstone Referrals Chapter
  • Membership Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Vice President of External Affairs
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers/Young Lawyers Section
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Business Networking International, Cornerstone Referrals Chapter
  • Growth Coordinator
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers/Young Lawyers Section
  • Vice President
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notary Public Commission (No. 2196807)
  • State of California Secretary of State
  • 2017
  • Certificate with Distinction, Labor and Employment Law
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2013
  • Certificate with Distinction, Public Interest Law
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2013

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Cornerstone Referrals - chapter meeting
  • Estate Planning and Probate in California
  • 2017
  • Cornerstone Referrals - chapter meeting
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (5)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know Ryan as a fellow alumni, and now professionally as a fellow attorney. When I had a client who needed to have their estate plan put together quickly, I knew I could trust Ryan with the task. He is professional, courteous, and thoughtful to individual needs. My client felt great relief to finally have his affairs in order and his concerns quickly replaced with the confidence that only comes with being prepared. As an attorney I am typically hesitant to recommend other professionals without knowing they will take care of my clients to the same degree that I would. I am glad to say that I feel comfortable when I refer a client, family member or friend to Ryan, that they will be taken care of and thank me for the referral."
Walnut Creek Estate planning Lawyer Ryan Hays Apperson
Ryan Hays Apperson
Estate planning Attorney
Walnut Creek, CA
Licensed for 8 years
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