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Justin M Kennedy

Trusts Attorney at Campbell, CA

5.0   30 reviews

also known as Justin M. Kennedy, Justin Kennedy

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    35%
    Living Trusts Estate Plans

    13 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Trust Administration

    13 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Probate

    13 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    15%
    Wills, Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Durable Property Powers of Attorney

    13 years

  5. Medicaid and medicare
    5%

    13 years

HELPING FAMILIES PRESERVE THEIR WEALTH AND LEGACY. JUSTIN IS CERTIFIED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AS A LEGAL SPECIALIST IN ESTATE PLANNING, TRUST AND PROBATE LAW.

Providing Peace Of Mind One Estate Plan at a Time. We are offering free estate planning webinars to assure you receive the information you need without the risk of being out in public. We are also offering phone and video consultations to help you achieve your estate planning goals.

It is my privilege to assist our clients with all aspects of the estate planning process, including: the creation and/or modification of an estate plan, providing guidance upon the incapacity of a client, engaging in Medi-Cal planning, and helping the client’s trusted loved ones through the process of administrating the estate plan upon the client’s passing. When I meet with clients, I make an effort to provide an open and friendly space where the clients may ask their questions and feel that their concerns are being heard – I am proud to be a co-owner of a law office that values our clients’ peace of mind.

I hold a Juris Doctor, with a Tax Concentration, from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, San Diego. I have been employed with Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law, since 2011.  I am a California Notary Public and have been a member of the California Bar Association since 2010. 

I am certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. I am a member of the California State Bar Association, Silicon Valley Bar Association, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

I reside in Northern California with my wife, Holly, and our son and enjoy hiking in Yosemite Valley and around Northern California.

 

Photos and videos

July 2022 Medi Cal Asset Limits Vlog
California Probate Thresholds Vlog
Annual Gift Tax Exemption 2022 Vlog
Trustee Tax Liabiity Vlog
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Location

Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law
3425 S Bascom Ave Ste 240
Campbell, CA, 95008

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
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Posted by mt64809 | December 5, 2019
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Competent and Thorough Estate Planning
The staff was friendly, humorous, and most importantly very competent and knowledgeable in the field of law. Our initial meeting was very informative and information was explained in “layman's terms”. I felt well informed and in “good hands”. I feel comfortable my estate plans have been heard and handled.
Posted by evm8752 | October 1, 2019
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Excellent Team - Start to Finish
Very understanding to the changes I needed to my existing plan. Always available and quick to respond to my questions. Clear explanations given. Great direction for future needs. It gave me a safe feeling in my time of so many changes. Very grateful.
Posted by dk2579 | September 21, 2019
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Comprehensive Estate Planning
Very professional, knowledgeable, detailed, efficient/organized. We felt comfortable.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2022
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Trust
Very helpful and informative throughout the entire process. Everything is explained thoroughly, but they also make it easy to understand. We appreciated their insight and would recommend their business to anyone.
Posted by rs8543 | September 28, 2019
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Estate Planning: Heirs, not Errors
The initial workshop was very informative, and presented in a clear manner. The directions to prepare for the appointments were straight-forward and easy to follow. The documents prepared seem comprehensive, and the tabbed portfolio is excellent. The review of documents was thorough, efficient and instructive. The process was much less painful than anticipated.
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Posted by Leslie K | September 21, 2019
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They made the process painless
This office took a painful topic and made the process painless. We highly recommend that everyone put their assets in a trust, and do it with this law firm.
Posted by Bill P | September 18, 2019
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Painless and Professional
Amber did a great job of explaining our Living Trust. Her explanations were clear and easy to understand. Thanks to their work, I’m confident that our assets are safe and secure. The time and effort they put in ensuring the completeness of our Trust made the process as painless as possible. We look forward to working with them again. Thanks.
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Posted by Jessica M | September 18, 2019
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Exceptional Estate Planning Experience
Very happy with the estate planning process. Litherland, Kennedy and Associates provided me with great information and made my estate planning non stressful and a seemingly smooth process. I am confident in their expertise and know I am in good hands. Everyone from the attorneys to the front desk are very kind and warm. I would highly recommend to anyone for their estate planning needs or to get more info to attend their free educational seminar. I will be referring other family members so they can be assured that they and their assets are protected.
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Posted by Gary & Irene K | September 14, 2019
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Taken care of - no worries now - let’s go golfing, fishing, plan next vacation!
Great, answered all questions clearly, went through documents thoroughly, answer all “what if” questions. Highly recommend to others. Well worth the cost.
Posted by Vickie C | September 11, 2019
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Education and Estate Planning
The seminar was an excellent segue to the process and purpose of creating a trust. The actual creation of trust documents was made simple because of the knowledge and purposeful questions asked by Litherland, Kennedy & Associates. This process was much easier than I anticipated. Would recommend Litherland, Kennedy & Associates.
Posted by Barbara S | September 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and easy to work with
I have worked with this office since 2005. They are always easily reached and knowledgeable about estates and trusts. I highly value their advice and highly recommend them. They are extremely easy to work with and they take the time to educate their clients as well which I find very helpful.
Posted by Arlan S | September 6, 2019
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Excellent Estate Planning
My wife and I had a great experience. Justin answered all of our questions and was very attentive and patient. Martha explained all the documentation thoroughly in terms that were very understandable. We would recommend this law firm to anyone who would like to plan their estate.
Posted by Louise R | April 6, 2019
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Pressure Free Estate Planning!
My husband and I really enjoyed the initial seminar! We found it very informative and definitely worth attending. The visit with Attorney Kennedy was equally great & couldn’t have been better. All calls were promptly answered and final visit with Amber was all explained, reviewed & finalized!
Posted by Isidro M | January 3, 2018
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Professional and Exceptional Service
Justin was very thorough and made sure all 3 of us understood his explanations. Justin was very pleasant and courteous. We are completely satisfied with his services.
Posted by David & Susan G | December 28, 2017
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Professional Review of Trust Documents
Mr. J. Kennedy was very professional during our sign -off meeting. He was very clear, explaining everything well and answering all questions. He was extremely personable and made us feel comfortable! I would recommend his services to my friends.
Posted by Candelario G | December 23, 2017
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Outstanding
Matt and Justin have been outstandingly helpful, constructive, productive and compassionate with the whole process. They are both outstanding attorneys who should be proactively rewarded as they continue to grow with the firm.
Posted by G. H. | December 20, 2017
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Estate Planning Peace of Mind
Matt and Jill are both professional but able to communicate complex info in an easy to understand way. The entire office made me feel welcome and relaxed without losing any professionalism. Highly recommend their services.
Posted by Eldon R | April 30, 2017
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I would recommend Justin to do your trust
I feel Justin explained the process in a way a layman would understand. He was patient with all my questions. Justin is very knowledgeable in his craft. I would recommend Justin to do your trust. Job well done, thorough, pleasant & walked us thru Trust in efficient and confident manner.
Posted by Helen H | April 29, 2017
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Great Client Service
I’m very pleased with the service I’ve received from this law firm. They are very professional, thorough, informative, helpful and pleasant to work with. Justin is the best! My trust is now in good order.
Posted by Andrew R. | April 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Good to know our beneficiaries will be taken care of
Justin is a good listener, he heard what our wishes were and captured all of it in the estate document. He was patient and professional and could clearly explain complicated legal situations.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and President
  • Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Muley Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Muley Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2009

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Board of Governors
  • 2022 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law American Constitution Society
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Certified Legal Specialist Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Fed Estate & Gift Tax
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's Honor List
  • University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's Honor List
  • University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Medi-Cal Planning Webinar
  • Medi-Cal Planning
  • 2022
  • Living Trust Webinar
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2022
  • Trustee and Power of Attorney School
  • Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Medi-Cal Planning
  • 2021
  • Medi-Cal Planning Webinar
  • Medi-Cal Planning
  • 2021
  • Living Trust Webinar
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2021
  • Medi-Cal Planning Webinar
  • Medi-Cal Planning
  • 2020
  • Living Trust Webinar
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2020
  • Keller Williams Bay Area Estates
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2020
  • Coldwell Banker Client Appreciation Event
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2020
  • Client Appreciation Webinar
  • Trustee and Power of Attorney Online School
  • 2020
  • Valley Golden Agers
  • Living Trust Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors Educational Workshop
  • Living Trusts
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning and Medi-Cal Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Medi-Cal Planning Workshop: Learn How To Protect Your Assets from Catastrophic Nursing Home Costs
  • Medi-Cal Planning
  • 2018
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Fall Summit 2017
  • Trustee and Power of Attorney School
  • 2017
  • Special Needs Trust Workshop
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, but he is so much more than just an expert in estate law, probate, and Medi-Cal planning. He is a gentleman, a family man, and a counselor - all the things they can't teach you in law school that you need to truly be able to help people and their families. I am proud to call him my friend and mentor."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"Justin is an excellent Estate Planning attorney. He's very knowledgeable in the area of Estate Planning, Probate, Wills & Trust. Justin and his firm put their clients' interests first when discussing and evaluating estate planning options. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Kennedy."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Justin is an outstanding attorney. Justin is very knowledgeable and enjoys working with our clients to meet their needs. I would recommend him to any client who is looking for an Estate Plan, Medi-Cal planning or post-death assistance, such as Trust Administration or Probate. Justin is a credit to our legal community. Furthermore, he is a genuinely nice person; I really enjoy working with him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Justin is extremely competent and has a very thorough knowledge of estate and tax law"
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Justin is a model attorney. He is an expert estate planner, professional, personable, courteous, he pays very close attention to detail, and our clients love meeting with him. Justin is a wealth of knowledge, and he possesses a thorough analytical mind. He has a tireless work ethic. I frequently collaborate with him on issues big and small. Justin is an invaluable member of our office, and I am privileged to work with him."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Justin Kennedy is a tremendous asset to my law practice. He continues to grow as an associate attorney, is professional, intelligent, inquisitive and always willing to learn. His work ethic is beyond reproach. Justin's ability to explain complex legal issues to clients and his commitment to customer service are commendable."
Estate planning Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Kennedy is a truly dedicated attorney. This is an attorney that you know will devote extra work to your case. It's clear he takes each client's problems to heart. There's no other attorney in the Sacramento region that I would trust my estate planning, asset protection, trust issues to more than Mr. Kennedy. I endorse him fully."
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Campbell Trusts Lawyer Justin M Kennedy
Justin M Kennedy
Trusts Attorney
Campbell, CA
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available