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Virginia is a partner in Wendel Rosen’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law and mediating matters in her practice area. She has particular expertise in estate planning for LGBT families, as well as representation of individual and professional fiduciaries in the administration of living trusts, conservatorships of the person and estate and decedents’ estates.


 


A frequent author and speaker on estate planning related issues, including LGBT estate planning, powers of attorney, estate planning in the context of dissolutions, and end of life decisions, she has presented before a wide variety of legal, professional and private organizations.


 


She is a former Certified Family Law specialist and mediates matters in her areas of expertise and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Lawyers.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 60%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Mediation: 15%

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Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

1111 Broadway
Floor 24
Oakland, CA, 94607

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198105/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyer2015
Top 50 Women Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 Women Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Certificate of Recognition for 25 Years of ServiceAIDS Legal Referral Panel2008
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2005
Women of DistinctionEast Bay Business Times2005
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2004
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia State Senate2001
Certificate of RecognitionAIDS Legal Referral Panel2001
Founder's AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel1993
Award of MeritLegal Aid Association of California1991
Pro Bono AwardJC Penney1991
Pro Bono AwardAlameda County Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP2012 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar Association, Litigation Committee of the Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate SectionChairman2001 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New DirectionsDirectorN/A
Legal Assistance for Seniors, Alameda CountyBoard of Directors1999 - 2005
Alameda County Bar Association, Litigation Committee of the Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate SectionBoard of Directors1991 - 1992
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Continuing Education of the BarDomestic Partnership2009
Continuing Education of the BarDomestic Partnership2008
Estates & Trusts Law FlashThe Importance of Health Care Decisions - Lessons Learned From Terri Schiavo2005
Continuing Education of the BarDomestic Partnership2005
Continuing Education of the BarDurable Power of Attorney Handbook1991
UnknownCalifornia Elder Law: An Advocate's GuideN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
San Francisco State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California Judicial CouncilAB 2052005
San Francisco Bar Association, Estates & Trusts SectionPremarital Agreements and Basics of Family Law for Estate Planners2005
California State UniversityAdvanced Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions2005
Estate Planning Counsel of SacramentoEstate Planning Under the New Domestic Partnersip Law2005
Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, Lafayette, CaliforniaEstate Planning Unver the New Domestic Partnership Law2005
California State University, FullertonTrusts and Trusteeships2005
San Francisco Chapter of the California Certified Public Accountant Society, San FranciscoCalifornia's New Domestic Partnership Laws: AB 205 & 25802005
Bay Isle Financial Planning, Oakland, CaliforniaEstate Planning2004
unknownPractice Under California's New Domestic Partnership Law2004
Tri-Valley Estate Planning CouncilEstate Planning Under the New Domestic Partnership Law2004
Smith Barney, San Francisco, CAAB 2052004
Continuing Education of the Bar, San FranciscoPractice Under California's New Domestic Partnership Law2004
Northern California Human Resources Association, BerkeleyAB 205: California Domestic Partnership Law2004
California State University Fullerton Extension, OaklandAdvance Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions2004
Bay Isle Financial Group, OaklandAB 2052004
East Bay Estate Planning Counsel, OaklandAB205: Estate Planning Issues2004
California Bankers Association 26th Annual Regulatory Compliance Conference, San DiegoDomestic Partner Banking2004
Mechanics Bank Symposium, OaklandAB 205: California's New Domestic Partnership Law2004
California State University Fullerton Extension, San FranciscoAdvance Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions2004
California State University Fullerton Extension, San FranciscoAdvance Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions2004