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Sara R. Diamond

Estate planning Attorney at Richmond, CA

5.0   9 reviews

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Hello.  I work with singles and couples to create a basic estate plan:  a trust if they are homeowners, plus wills, powers of attorney and health directives.  I'm conveniently located in downtown Berkeley, near the UC campus.  I take private-pay clients as well as clients with the ARAG and Hyatt legal insurance plans. My practice is oriented to people who are middle class. 

Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/28/2022

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Law Office of Sara R. Diamond
3150 Hilltop Mall Road #29
Richmond, CA, 94806

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Posted by Charlotte | October 14, 2021
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Great experience!
My parents used Sara Diamond for their estate planning. She was great! Not only was she very professional and thorough but she was available to answer their questions, answered emails quickly and accommodated their special requests. She is easy to talk to and very patient. She makes the process simple and smooth!
Posted by Kathy | May 24, 2021
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Estate Planning
Sara has been my estate planning attorney for more than three years and produced our living trust, wills, and durable power of attorneys. When life changed, she updated deeds for my property and my mother's property. Most recently, I was closing out an inherited IRA and the investment company gave me unclear information. An email to Sara explaining the problem was quickly answered with a solution and talking points to the investment company. I am very pleased with her work, and I have referred her to a couple of friends.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2017
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Professional, Experienced, Knowledgable, Kind
Sara R. Diamond has been my estate planning attorney for more than ten years, through a variety of life changes, including the death of my spouse. She is very good at what she does, combining knowledge and experience with the empathy needed in this emotionally difficult area. She is quick with her work and responsive to communications. She is SO good that I have referred several friends to her, as well as my aging, planning-resistant parents. We have all been pleased with the results. I trust her 100%, and give her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Mary | June 15, 2017
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Sara Diamond
Sara is professional, knowledgeable and doesn't waste any time completing the work one is requesting. I have recommended her heartily to colleagues and friends, and will continue to do so!
Posted by Judy | June 9, 2017
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A Mother's Endorsement
We contacted Sara when my son received his terminal diagnosis. She listened carefully to his wishes, offered clear and sound advise, and prioritized his case. I'm so thankful that Sara was there for us. My son passed away only 5 weeks after his trust was finalized. As his trustee, I was charged with executing his final wishes. Sara's support and guidance streamlined that process for me.
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Posted by Mike | June 8, 2017
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Estate planning
Sara recently helped my wife and I set up a living trust and establish our wills, durable power of attorney, and healthcare directives. She was a pleasure to work with, and I am very happy with the documents she drafted for us. Sara responded to emails and phonecalls promptly, which is definitely not guaranteed in my experience working with attorneys. Sara clearly had thorough knowledge of the relevant legal issues and sound strategies for dealing with future expected (and unexpected) events. Being an engineer, I really appreciated how organized she was with our documentation - she had a really good system for keeping all of the paperwork straight and it was obvious she had thought deeply about how to make her system work for the clients. Sara explained everything clearly, so we knew exactly what we were signing, and sent us home with a well-organized binder of documents and written lists of tasks we needed to complete on our own (with banks, etc). Because of her clarity and organization, I am confident we set up a solid estate plan, and nothing was overlooked. Following up on this earlier review, for the last 5 years Sara has continued to be our go-to attorney for keeping our wills, trust, and advance directives up to date as life changes happen. She is always responsive, helpful, courteous and works quickly to get your requests taken care of. We still recommend her wholeheartedly for estate planning services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2017
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Estate Planning
Sarah was very detailed and showed experience. The entire estate plan went flawlessly
Posted by David | June 7, 2017
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Caring Legal Expert
Sara helped me immensely when I was (unexpectedly) named executor for someone's estate; I had no idea how to proceed, but was lucky enough to hire Sara. She guided the process with patience, expertise, and compassion. I was so impressed that I hired her to handle my will, and have recommended her to many friends who also used her. I'd recommend Sara Diamond to anyone who needs an ethical, compassionate, experienced lawyer for their estate planning.
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Posted by Fran | June 7, 2017
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Thoroughly knowledgeable.
I consulted Sara for a review of my living trust. She answered all my questions and prepared perfect documents the first time around. Friendly, professional, and her fee was reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my friends.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Sara R. Diamond
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • Nightlight School of Astrology
  • Certification
  • 2016
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • U.C. Berkeley
  • Ph.D.
  • 1993
  • University of California - Irvine
  • B.A.
  • 1979
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Associations

  • Point Richmond Business Associaiton
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar Trusts & Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Women Attorneys
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys - Northern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2013
  • Selected to Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2016
  • event
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2016

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Estate planning Attorney | Sep 02
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"Sara Diamond is personable, listens to your specific need, understands family dynamics and works with people of all financial backgrounds California-wide. She is very good at focusing one's particular goals in areas of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and more. She is flexible about getting work done through phone meetings, etc."
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