|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Accredited Attorney||Department of Veterans Affairs||2009|
|Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate||California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization||2004|
|Owner||The Dayton Law Firm||1998 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|ElderCounsel||Founder (early member)||2008 - Present|
|California Continuing Education of the Bar||Estate Planning Advisors Sub-committee||2007 - Present|
|Wealth Counsel||Founding Member||2005 - Present|
|NAELA - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.||Member||2005 - Present|
|University of California Santa Cruz Extension||Estate Planning Instructor for the CFP(r) Education Program||2005 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section||Member||N/A|
|Estate Planning Strategies||Type of Probate Administration - Formal and Informal||2009|
|Santa Clara Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|The Financial Planning Association||Special Estate Planning for Roth IRAs||2009|
|HSBC Client Event||Wealth Transfer/Estate Planning/Gifting to Children and Grandchildren||2009|
|Cupertino Senior Center||Estate Planning, Medi-cal and Veterans Benefits||2009|
Posted by Brett
I met Rich when looking for a good estate planning attorney to refer my real estate clients to. After talking with several attorneys Rich professionalism and expertise made him stand out as our best option. I used him personally for my own estate affairs and found his team to be exceptional in managing the details and answering any questions we had. A true professional in his field
Posted by Bonnie
I found Richard Dayton an excellent attorney. I went to him to review my previous trusts and make recommendations that would accommodate my new needs. Due to changes in family relationships he developed a Trust document which dealt with all of my concerns including a special needs trust for one of my sons. He provided me two excellent thorough note books: an "Estate Planning Organizer" containing copies of all my legal documents with explanations and a "To my Trustees" book stating all the processes required to deal with my estate. I have found these extremely helpful and have reviewed them with my other son. After several years I needed answers to several questions which we were able to deal with over the phone and e-mail to my satisfaction. I have recommended him to my friends.
Posted by Carol H.
I found myself in a situation where my father was in the hospital and terminally ill. While he had a will, it was very outdated. I needed an attorney that my father could trust as well as be able to handle the situation quickly and efficiently. Rich Dayton fit that bill perfectly. As it turned out, two days after the new will was drafted, my father passed. It meant a lot to me that he was at peace when he died.
After that first phone call to Rich, he came directly to the hospital. I was a bit worried as my father wasn’t a particularly trusting man. Honest, patient and caring, Rich gained my father’s confidence; he was able to document how my father wanted his estate distributed.
Rich and his staff were so patient, answering all of my questions and explaining everything. It’s been a very difficult situation, one where I’ve had to deal with family conflict. Rich expedited things whenever he could, and then guided me through all the steps involved with Probate administration.
I’m so grateful for Rich Dayton. He helped with me through some very difficult times. When I’m ready to put together my own estate plan, he’s the only one I would call.
Lora Howard, Estate planning Attorney
Rich holds a wealth of knowledge about the field of estate planning. He is a consummate technician and works to ensure his estate plans are thorough and will accomplish his client’s goals. Rich spends time with his clients to ensure their estate plan fits their current needs and the needs of the next generation.
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