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Benjamin James Sowards

Trusts Attorney at Campbell, CA

4.4   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    50%
    I help individuals and families tranfer their wealth from one generation to the next through wills, trusts, and other advanced strategies. My living trusts are custom drafted to meet your unique needs. No two estate plans are the same. We can help anyone - from those just getting started in life to those with substantial asseets to preserve and protect.

    20 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    15%
    Mr. Sowards is an estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. He sets ups estate plans, including living trusts, to help to avoid probate, minimize taxes and limit conflict. He also helps to settle out and administer trust and probate estates. He r

    20 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate
    15%
    For those that don't have an estate plan, we can assist the executor to take the estate through probate. In CA, this process lasts at least 1 year and sometimes up to 2 years.

    20 years, 25 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Mr. Sowards is an estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. He sets ups estate plans, including living trusts, to help to avoid probate, minimize taxes and limit conflict. He also helps to settle out and administer trust and probate estates. He r

    20 years, 50 cases

  5. Elder law
    5%
    Assist with transition of management and control of assets and legal responsibility from seniors to their children or chosen fiduciary agents.

    20 years, 50 cases

  6. Power of attorney
    5%
    Assist with appointing a fiduciary agent to manage all of your legal and financial affairs.

    20 years, 1,000 cases

Mr. Sowards helps his clients transfer wealth from one generation to the next through living trusts, wills and other advanced planning techniques.  We use a wide range of estate planning techniques to help our clients meet their estate planning needs and wealth transfer objectives. 

As trust and estate litigation attorneys, we focus on will and trust contests, fiduciary litigation, and financial elder abuse actions. Our practice further includes representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in fiduciary disputes, trust and probate petitions and trust administrations.

Prior to opening the Sowards Law Firm, Mr. Sowards was an associate attorney at the international law firm of Morrison Foerster LLP and started his career at San Diego's oldest and largest law firm, Luce Forward Hamilton and Scripps LLP.  His experience working with the Fortune 500 has taught him how to address complex challenges in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  

Mr. Sowards received his B.S., magna cum laude, from San Jose State University where he was a President’s Scholar. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law where he was a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review and the Senior Articles Editor of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal. He is also a recipient of the Witkins Award for Securities Regulation. While in law school, Mr. Sowards was a law clerk with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and also worked for the California Resources Agency in Sacramento. Prior to law school, Mr. Sowards worked in the notebook computer industry.

Memberships:

 The California Bar Association

 

American Bar Association

 

UC Davis Alumni Association

 

San Jose State Alumni Association

 

WealthCounsel - the premier organization for estate planning attorneys

 

 

The Surfrider Foundation

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Location

Sowards Law Firm
www.sowardslawfirm.com
2542 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 200
Campbell, CA, 95008
Benjamin James Sowards
800 W. El Camino Real
Suite 180
Mountain View,, CA, 94040
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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by Chad | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accurate and responsive
My company hired Ben to create a contractual agreement, which he did promptly and at a great value. Ben was great to work with and was responsive to all of our needs. Highly recommended.
Posted by Scott | November 4, 2011
The Ideal Lawyer
I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Sowards as his intern for about 4 months. I was given the opportunity to have an insider’s view on how he works with his employees and clients. In his mind the client comes first, he does everything he can to help his customers to have the proper legal care that they need. His employees are treated with respect and are expected to deliver only the highest quality work for his customers. He has a good grasp of new technologies and implements them in order to benefit his clients.
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Posted by Kyle | November 4, 2011
Ben Sowards
I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ben for several months now. If you're looking at these reviews to see if you might want to hire a lawyer then look no further. Ben is an all around great guy: hardworking, intelligent, a family man, and willing to make sure everything is clear and concise. He is a man of morals that isn't going to let you down.
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Posted by Garrett | November 4, 2011
Hardworking, Up to Speed
Mr. Sowards works hard to meet his clients needs. I have worked with him for several months. He is up to speed on all the important legal matters. His webstore offers a convenient effective way to interact with him for those who cannot reach his office. He has great values, serves his community, and is a family man.
Posted by Richard | April 3, 2011
Attorney services
As an out of state resident, Mr. Sowards treated our case professionally and efficiently. Very happy with his services and results.
Posted by Roberto | March 29, 2011
Highly recommended
Mr. Sowards was extremely helpful in setting up a Trust which was a bit complicated. Because of his care and expertise, he saved our family much grief. Since setting up the Trust, when I've had any questions or issues I needed help with, he promptly got back to me with what I needed.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Benjamin is a really good attorney when you can get a hold of him.
Went to him to create a trust. This was about a 6 month process for a non-complicated matter. He further later refused to create another trust without a valid reason. Sowards himself is very knowledgeable and personable but you have to deal with his staff who are late to respond.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2015
Failed to review documents for accuracy
I received several documents on different occasions from Mr Sowards office that contained errors which had to be corrected based upon my discovery. It appears there was was a lack of proof reading and reliance on templates. I also felt there was questionable billing that he refused to correct. I would not recommend this attorney.
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Response from Benjamin Sowards April 6, 2016
Like all attorneys, of course we rely on some template documents. Typically we draft several customized documents for clients for each matter. We also send out drafts on certain transactions which may not be 100% perfect so that we can keep the deal moving along. Please contact me direct at [email protected] to discuss your matter and so that we can resolve this for you.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Sowards Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Morrison Foerster LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Yolo County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • California Resources Agency
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • San Jose State Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Defeated Medi-Cal Recovery
  • Retained California Medi-Cal Benefits for Client
  • Estate Plans
  • Successfully drafted hundreds of estate plans
  • LLCs / Incorporation
  • Company Formation

Associations

  • Campbell Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • AARP
  • AARP Network Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • Admitted Attorney
  • 2005 - Present
  • UC Davis Alumni Association
  • Alumni Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • J Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • San Jose State Alumni Association
  • Alumni Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Eagle Scout
  • 1993 - Present
  • BYU Management Society - Silicon Valley
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Milpitas Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rated Superb (Rated 10.0)
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers - Northern California
  • 2011
  • Superb Rating (Rated 10.0)
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2009
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2008
  • Witkins Award - Securities Regulation
  • U.C. Davis
  • 2004
  • Articles Editor
  • U.C. Davis Business Law Journal
  • 2004
  • Member
  • U.C. Davis Law Review
  • 2002
  • College Scholarship
  • San Jose State University
  • 2001
  • Scholastic Honor
  • Black Masque Honor Society
  • 2000
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Contributing Author, Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities of Corporate Directors and Officers, R.R. Donnelley Capital Markets
  • Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers
  • 2008
  • U.C. Davis Business Law Journal
  • Senior Articles Editor
  • 2004
  • U.C. Davis Business Law Journal
  • Articles Editor & Member
  • 2003
  • U.C. Davis Law Review
  • Member
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Public Service Awards 2010
  • BYU Management Society Public Service Awards
  • 2010
  • Estate & Financial Planning Traps for 2010
  • Estate Planning Traps for 2010
  • 2009
  • Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series
  • Planning Tips for Home Based Businesses
  • 2009
  • BYU Management Society - Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Minor Children
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse Benjamin
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Ben for several years, and while he is technically my competition, I have know his work as an estate planning attorney to be first rate. I endorse him for this."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Other
"I would highly recommend Ben's services to anyone. He is caring, detail oriented, and a hard worker. You want him on your team!"
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Sowards on a matter that he brought me on to assist with surrounding an acquisition. He is a consummate professional in every regard and you can depend on him to carry out his duties. He is easy to work with and very knowledgeable. I have no reservations recommending a potential client to Bens office."
Business Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Ben. He is knowledgeable, reliable and consistently produces outstanding results for his clients. Ben provides a level of personal service that is rare. He has a large law firm background, but now, through his law firm, he is able to deliver the same high quality work with much a much more individualized approach and attention."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben and I have worked together twice. He is knowledgeable about the law, works quickly to perform the work he has been hired to complete, he works well with his clients and others, and his clients get great results and service."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an outstanding attorney with years of excellent training at a large international law firm. Now that he is on his own, he is able to offer his legal and business advice directly to businesses. He is also a very trustworthy and knowledgeable estate planning attorney in the local community and around the Bay Area."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has a flexible and remarkable planning system that will eliminate probate, reduce or even eliminate estate taxes, and pass assets to the next generation with the care someone who hires him would desire."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Ben at Morrison & Foerster LLP and have collaborated with him since them on other client-related projects. Ben is an experienced and thoughtful attorney who provides his clients with practical and appropriate solutions. He is dedicated to providing high quality legal work and excellent client service at his firm. I endorse and recommend Ben without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I highly recommend Ben as an Estate Planning Attorney. He has an outstanding legal background and is able to translate, quickly and efficiently, his knowledge of law into practical legal service for his clients. Ben has a high level of integrity and a terrific client oriented personality. It is an honor for me to work with him on complicated Estate Planning and Asset Protection matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ben is an excellent attorney - smart, capable, and caring. I endorse his work."
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