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Michael Edward Lonich

Family Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   19 reviews

Licensed for 40 years

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Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Divorce, child custody, pre-nups,

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Providing complete estate planning including Trusts, wills, powers of atty, health care directives, etc. The design and preparation of both revocable and irrevocable trusts for tax and probate avoidance.

  3. Mediation
    25%
    All aspects of Divorce, Child Custody, Property division.

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I am a San Jose and Santa Cruz Divorce Attorney, Michael E. Lonich and I have been battling for client’s rights for nearly 40 years. Specializing in divorce, child custody, child support and related matters, I know all too well the emotional and financial toll divorce has on clients. Integrity, common sense, and a passion for what I do create the best results for my clients. Resolution of family law issues requires an attorney able to navigate the myriad legal and emotional issues presented in cases. Financial issues, child custody, domestic violence, valuation of property (including stock), analysis of RSUs, hidden assets, spousal and child support, all may require trial, mediation, or a collaborative effort with the parties. Regardless, each client gets the individualized attention they require. Every family law case is unique, we partner with you to develop a comprehensive approach to get the best approach.


If parties require divorce mediation, there are three roles Mike may serve in that collaborative process. First, as a member of the trial bar; Mike serves as a mediator to parties. The secret in family law mediation is the ability of the participants to come together and work toward a solution in a collaborative and positive environment. Mike knows all too well the financial and emotional costs of “taking it to court” and is able to offer a far less expensive alternative, mediation. Whether represented by an attorney or not, parties are welcome to explore this alternative; a collaborative and result-oriented approach to resolve family law matters in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional advocate-based litigation.


If not serving as the mediator to the parties, we often consult with our clients who are in mediation with their spouse. Developing an approach and the law supporting each position guarantees success in mediation for our collaborative clients.


Lastly, should the parties want to have a private judge adjudicate their divorce, Mike draws upon his trial experience to guide our clients to the best possible result.


Estate Planning is a complimentary practice to family law, and can have many over lapping issues. Mike chairs the estate planning practice at LPEP and draws upon his expertise and the firm’s resources to partner with individuals and families to develop estate plans. We also represent clients in trust administration and probate matters. Whether a client needs revisions to current documents (will, trust, power of attorney, health care directive, etc.) or has no plan in place, Mike is prepared to help clients create a comprehensive estate plan, that meets their needs and concerns.


Unique to family law and estate planning practices, we offer a temporary or ‘divorce’ will at no cost to our family law clients. Estate planning is limited during the pendency of divorce and we feel strongly that this extra protection is often needed.


Born in San Rafael, California, Mike grew up in Santa Clara Valley having moved here with his family in the early sixties as the Valley grew. Along with his wife Lisa, Mike is raising three boys, Andrew, Ryan and Michael; together with the family hound, Crusader, they live in Saratoga where they are active in the community and their parish at Sacred Heart. Mike graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology. He received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1981. He is rated a perfect 10 stars on Avvo, as well as an elected “Super Lawyer”. He was also voted the “Best Probate Attorney of 2020” by Expertise and is frequently sought out by the presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court to serve as judge pro tempore in family law or probate matters before the court. Mike is a member of the State Bar of California, the Association of Defense Counsel and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He also serves on the temporary judge and arbitration panels of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Mike Is admitted to practice before all California courts, including the Ninth Circuity U.S. Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

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Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri

Reviews

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Posted by Tom Walsh | July 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Stars
I came in over a year ago for living trust preparation.With what I paid for the service I received, yes I were very satisfied. I highly recommend their services.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law and Estate Planning Firm in the area!
I have known Michael Lonich for many years as a neighbor but this was my first use of his professional services as a lawyer to update our estate plan and he and his firm are fantastic. Professional, competent, thorough, and easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good professional
We engaged him for our estate planning. Ours is complicated and time consuming. We had another attorney previously tried to do for us. She in fact was very delayed; non-responsive. We finally did the switch and glad we did. In summary, Michael provided an excellent professional help during pandemic period.
Response from Michael Lonich June 8, 2021
Thank you for your review on my service, I greatly appreciate it!
Posted by Thi Ngo | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and Honest
I came in for family law matter, offered to pay more for some service. Michael Lonich, oh my what a kind man! after listened to my story, explained what best for me. This man, this firm loaded with experience, knowledge and ethic professionalism. Note: other lawyers elsewhere would have taken my naive offer for the extra pay. One lawyer even cost me more by advising me the services I did not need, but Michael told me that was unnecessary, and turned out I did not need it at all. So Michael saved me time and lot of $. I was happy with the results. Glad I found Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri Firm
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Response from Michael Lonich September 30, 2020
Hello Thi, Thank you so much for your kind review. I hope you have a wonderful day. Sincerely, Michael
Posted by Mari | June 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Michael Lonich
I have known Michael for many years and have had the good fortune of his representation on many occasions, both for myself and my husband's trust and my mothers' trust. Then again when my mother passed to assist with the distribution of her estate. He has always been so very helpful and thoughtful, understanding the stress that accompanies such a trying time. I whole heartedly recommend him for all your probate needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Estate planning
I have been a customer of Michsel Lonich for number of years. He and Ingrid have updated my Estate trust twice now each time they were professional in every aspect of what I asked of them
Posted by Tony | September 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Mike Lonich and his staff did a fantastic job in handling my case. Mike was strategic in his approach. His experience and legal knowledge was evident. The results exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Mike and the Lonich & Patton law firm.
Posted by Glenn | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All Dealings with Mr. Lonich and His Firm Inspire Confidence
Lonich & Patton LLP handled all facets of my estate planning in a highly professional manner, with dispatch and careful attention to detail. They answered all my questions without hesitation and left me with the conviction that Mr. Lonich and his staff stand to “be there” when I need them.
Posted by Diane | July 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent support while dealing with my parents' estate
I am deeply grateful to Michael Lonich and the legal team at Lonich &Patton LLP for helping me navigate the complex legal and financial arrangements of my parents’ care and estate settlement. About ten years ago, when I came in for my initial appointment with Michael Lonich, my parents were living in Orange County, my father was incapacitated with Alzheimers, and my mother was hospitalized after a heart attack. As power of attorney, I was suddenly responsible for paying all their bills and arranging their care long-distance while carrying on my work as a college professor 400 miles away in the Bay area. Michael offered a wealth of advice and understanding, helping me deal with the medical/legal/financial challenges with professional expertise, kindness, and support. With effectiveness and integrity, Michael and his capable staff helped me through an assortment of financial and legal challenges. Three years ago, when my parents passed, they helped me handle new legal obligations, including death certificates and notifications, as well as establishing a new estate bank account so I could continue paying their bills and settling their estate in my new capacity as executor. After many years and many visits, Michael Lonich and his staff have become like an supportive extended family. As well as providing excellent professional support, he has made difficult situations manageable with his characteristic kindness and consideration. In times of chronic stress, when too many people are feeling fragmented and isolated, Michael Lonich offers a welcome beacon of hope. I have recommended him to my friends who are dealing with their parents’ estates and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Robin | June 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust Assistance
Firm was very professional in helping me navigate my duties as Successor Trustee upon the death of my mother.
Posted by Monica | April 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Lonich
Mike helped plan & make my final wishes. He's very professional & I have recommended him to my friends
Posted by Kirsten | March 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply awesome
Mike prepared our trust and will. He was thorough in our approach and thoughtful on how quickly he turned our materials.
Posted by Mark | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning case
I hired Mike for a complex Estate Planning/Probate case that looked like it was going nowhere with my previous attorney. As soon as I brought my concerns to Mikes team over at Lonich & Patton, they were able to give me the representation and advice I needed.
Posted by Lansing S. Woo | November 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Attorney - Exceptional Legal Service - Competent Legal Staff
Having served nearly forty-years in the FBI, I've had contact with dozens of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and litigators, and Michael Lonich ranks among the very top attorneys I've ever met or worked with. I recently retained Michael and his firm to assist with my family's estate plan and trust agreement. Michael reviewed our existing trust and provided insightful and objective assessment. There was absolutely no pressure to provide unnecessary legal changes or costly services. He objectively provided extremely knowledgeable legal counsel based upon over thirty years of experience and skill. He identified areas clearly needing updating, including a dated durable power of attorney. He also pointed out vague aspects of the former trust, which might might prove problematic. Lastly, he discovered errant property titles which required modification and inclusion into the revised trust. After one consultation meeting, I worked closely with his highly capable Para Legal, Ingrid Owen, and talented Legal Assistants, Rebekah Mickle and Milli Abraham in crafting a revised trust, updated powers of attorney, and correctly titling included real property. My family trust was completed within three-weeks. Original trust, power of attorney were signed and notarized at the law office; copies were provided. Beside providing stellar legal service, equally important was Michael's incredible interpersonal sensitivity and ability to patiently provide legal advice like a long-time trusted "family friend." He made the entire process stress-free and seamless. It was a pleasure to meet and benefit from his capable professional service. I personally and professionally recommend Michael Lonich and his firm in the highest manner to perform your legal service needs.
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Posted by Brian | June 17, 2014
Great service, friendly, and honest
My husband and I originally approached Mr. Lonich's office with questions about our wills and health directives, but we ended up using his team to work up a living trust. From the beginning, they were very helpful and prompt, and everything we needed was handled for a flat rate. In particular, I appreciated that he made clear which changes would and which would not require consultations in the future. They genuinely seemed to want to make a stressful topic as easy as possible. Would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Edward Szylko | May 31, 2012
A Job Well Done
Michael Lonich and David Patton are top notch attorneys and I have used them for various trust, employment and business issues. Not only do they create and employ sound legal strategies but they are conscience of long term relationships and the bottom line. In today's age, having them on your side is priceless.
Posted by Joe Morici | December 2, 2010
Long time business advisor and trusted lawyer
I have used Mr lonichs services in a multitude of different ways and have beed thoroughly satisfied with the results.
Posted by Gregg | December 2, 2010
Estate Plan review
Michael Lonich was fantastic! He reviewed my estate plan, and I found his questions illuminating. He was easy to work with and patiently answered my questions. He would always get back to me quickly when I called. I would highly recommend his firm.
Posted by Lisa | January 25, 2010
A good lawyer to have in your corner!
Mike prepared an estate plan for my husband and I. He took the time to listen to our situation and family issues before recommending a living trust and pourover will. He customized the trust for our family and explained all the parts to us. When we came back the first time to ask questions he was there; when we came back the second time, same thing. He answered every question we had. We strongly recommend him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 600-600 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri
  • 1994 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Collins and Zapala
  • 1987 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Rigg and Dean
  • 1982 - 1987

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of San Francisco
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
  • University of San Francisco
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Green v Union Oil
  • settlement - property returned to beneficiary
  • Universal Underwriters v Los Gatos Auto Mall
  • All available monies recovered

Associations

  • Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce
  • member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
  • member
  • 2011 - Present
  • University of Santa Clara: Board of Fellows
  • Executive Council Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Trusts and Estates Section, California Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Am Slav
  • Past President
  • 1988 - Present
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Northern California 2019 Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Partner in Gold
  • Santa Clara University, Board of Fellows
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Consumer Advocate of the Year
  • San Francisco District Attorneys Consumer Fraud Unit
  • 1977
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Publications

  • Northern California Marine Assoc.
  • Lemon Law for Marine Retailers
  • 2006
  • Central California Claims Assoc. newsletter
  • Fraud as White Collar Crime
  • 1999
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association newsletter
  • Client Relations
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Caring for aging parents
  • Estate Planning
  • 2022
  • Trust and Estate CLE
  • Trust 101 Seminar
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning Basics SCV Water District
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • CLC Speakers Panel West Marine Presentation
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Los Angeles Boat Show
  • Lemon Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (29)
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General practice Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I continue to refer clients to Mike's firm because I know the clients are in good hands. I also refer parties to Mike for arbitration and mediation because of his intelligence, even-handed nature and thoroughness."
Business Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great litigation and management skills!! Guerin Provini, Attorney At Law"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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