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I have been a member of Rotary International, serving in two Rotary Clubs, since 1993 and am committed to the ideals of Rotary, especially "Service Above Self".


My husband Tom and I enjoy hiking the beautiful mountains trails all around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe basin.  We have taken two amazing hiking vacations in the past: one was the 50 mile High Sierra camps loop trail and the other was the 33 mile Milford Trek in New Zealand.  This spring we will take off to hike the high altitude lodge trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.




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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 50%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Probate: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Susana Lannik

    I endorse this lawyer. Janis and I have known each other for close to three years. We work together in a leading lawyers group, and I always look forward to hearing her at our meetings. Aside from being knowledgable in elder law, she has an intuitive sense of how to communicate with people, a very patient way of listening, and goes above and beyond when it comes to both serving her clients and advising her colleagues.


    Susana Lannik Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Karol A. Bisbee

    Janis is a superb attorney. She has the great ability to analyze a situation and make thoughtful, caring and compassionate reccomendations. She is a contributer in her community and often has the solutions that other attorneys and community organizations seek. I highly recommend her.


    Karol Bisbee Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Carney Elder Law

19100 Cox Avenue.
Suite A
Saratoga, CA, 95070


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Accredited AttorneyVeteran's Administration2009
Super Lawyer -Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2007
Super Lawyer - Elder LawNorthern California Super Lawyers2006
AV Preeminent ratingMartindale-Hubbell.2005
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2005
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2004
Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCarney Elder Law2014 - Present
AttorneyCarney, Sugai & Sudweeks LLP2010 - 2014
AttorneyCarney & Sugai, LLP2005 - 2009
AttorneyCarney Law Firm1993 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women's Long-Term Care ProjectProfessional Member2014 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2001 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneysmember1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1990 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2009
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationFounding member of board of trustees2001 - 2001
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Northern California chapter)Board Member1995 - 2012
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember of the Estate and Trusts section1991 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
Advantage Group Media PublishingCo-Author of Book: Protect Your Family! Don't Write a Blank Check to the Nur$ing Home2012
CANHR Legal Network NewsVeterans Pensions vs. SSI and Medi-Cal Similarities, Differences, and Interaction2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawN/AN/A1990
California State University, San Jose State UniversityN/AN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
February meeting of the California Society of CPAs Estates & Trusts CommitteeThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Good The Bad and The Ugly2014
Belmont Village Assisted Living FacilityAn Overview of Elder Law Matters2011
Sandwich seminar for the Silicon Valley Bar AssociationVeteran's Benefits2010
Professional Fiduciary Association of Calif fall conferenceVeteran's Benefits2010
Medi-Cal basics for the Silicon Valley Bar AssociationMedi-Cal2010