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Practice areas


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

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ellen McKissock

    Karen is a top notch estate planner and one of the best in the Bay Area. Karen is thorough and knowledgeable. Not only have I referred many friends to Karen, but she is my estate planning attorney. Karen and I co-counseled on a case wherein she represented the young adult beneficiaries of a trust following the death of their mother, and needed a trust & estate litigator to help protect their interests. She is hard working, reliable and always concerned about doing what is best for her client by the most cost-effective means. I have known her to perform work and not bill for it simply because she wants what is best for the client.


    Ellen McKissock Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Elijah Michael Keyes

    I am happy to endorse Karen. She is a knowledgeable and hardworking attorney. She is devoted to helping her clients find innovative ways to use their estate plans to affect the world in positive ways. I have referred and will continue to refer cases to her.


    Elijah Keyes Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel

60 South Market Street
Suite 1400
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated Estate Planning AttorneyAvvo2014
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselHoge Fenton Jones & Appel2015 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Karen Meckstroth2009 - 2015
Estate Planning AttorneyBeck, Ross, Bismonte & Finley2007 - 2009
Trusts and Estates AttorneyHopkins & Carley2004 - 2007
Corporate, Litigation and Estate Planning AttorneyBingham (Riordan & McKinzie)1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMemberN/A
Planning Committee for the Conference on Charitable Giving (at Stanford University)MemberN/A
Notre Dame High School (San Jose)Member of the Committee on TrusteesN/A
Notre Dame High School (San Jose)Member of the Board of DirectorsN/A
State Bar of California, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chen v. Franchise Tax Bd.Judgment for plaintiff affirmed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - BerkeleyEducationMA1991
University of California - BerkeleyPhilosophyBA1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Silicon Valley Bar Association New Attorney RoundtableEthics in Estate Planning2015
San Jose Chapter of the American Association of University WomenSelecting and Preparing Your Successor Trustee2015
East Bay Trusts and Estate LawyersChanging the Unamendable: How to Reform, Modify and Terminate Irrevocable Trusts2013
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationIntegrating Philanthropy in the Estate Planning Process2012
Lasecke WeilEstate Planning in Chaotic Times2012
Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council -- Incubator ProjectGiving and Happiness2011
Meeting of Financial Planning Association of San FranciscoIncorporating Philanthropy in the Family Wealth Plan2011
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationEthical Duties in Estate Planning (MCLE Ethics Credit)2010
National Business InstituteProbate Process from Start to Finish2010
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationChanging the Unamendable: How to Reform, Modify and Terminate Irrevocable Trusts2009
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationPresence and Ethics at the End of Life2009
Employment and Community OptionsPlanned Giving and Building an Endowment2009
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationTrust Reformation: The How's and How Knots2008
Saratoga Retirement CenterControl Your Property and Define Your Legacy Through Your Estate Plan2008
Golden Gate University School of LawTrust Reformation2007
Golden Gate University School of LawReformation of Irrevocable Trusts2006
Parents Helping ParentsSpecial Needs Trusts and Limited Conservatorships2005