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Michael E. Lonich, managing partner of Lonich and Patton, LLP has nearly 30 years experience as a trial lawyer, beginning his career representing a wide range of businesses and individuals.  His practice currently focuses on business matters, probate and estate planning.  Michael serves as a mediator or arbitrator upon request, particularly in support of the firm’s family law practice.  After many years as an advocate Michael recognizes the value of the collaborative effort in mediation or arbitration.


Michael leads the firms Business section and Estate Planning group.  The firms Business section focuses on helping businesses meet the growing challenges of regulation, consumer and labor laws in operating their businesses.  He is involved in all aspects, from corporate formation and governance to litigation.


The firm offers a full range of estate planning services for families and individuals including Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, special needs and medical directives or living wills.  As with our business and family law departments, our estate planning groups provide litigation support when needed for probate and trust administration.


Born in San Rafael, California in 1954, Michael grew up in the Santa Clara Valley having moved here with his family in the early sixties as the Valley grew.  Although leaving the Valley for college and law school Michael returned home to marry and raise a family.  Along with his wife Lisa, Michael 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.   Michael graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1981.

Mr. Lonich is a member of the State Bar of California, the Association of Defense Counsel, Santa Clara Bar Association, serving on the temporary judge and arbitrator panels of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Mr. Lonich is admitted to practice before all California courts, including the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.


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Practice areas


  1. Wills: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    34 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Probate: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($300-500/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jeffrey David Curl

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Contact info

Lonich & Patton, LLP Attorneys at Law

1871 The Alameda
Suite 475
San Jose, CA, 95126-1755


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Partner in GoldSanta Clara University, Board of Fellows2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Consumer Advocate of the YearSan Francisco District Attorneys Consumer Fraud Unit1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLonich & Patton, LLP1994 - Present
AttorneyCollins and Zapala1987 - 1994
AttorneyRigg and Dean1982 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Gatos Chamber of Commercemember2011 - Present
Saratoga Chamber of Commercemember2011 - Present
University of Santa ClaraBoard of Fellows2011 - Present
Trusts and Estates Section, California BarMember2010 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2002 - Present
Am SlavPast President1988 - Present
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and NevadaMember1987 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Universal Underwriters v Los Gatos Auto MallAll available monies recovered
Green v Union Oilsettlement - property returned to beneficiary
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogDomestic Violence And The Rebuttable Presumption2015
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogMom And Dad Have Something To Tell You: Talking To Kids About Divorce2015
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogPhilip Hoffman’s Will: What Should He Have Changed?2014
Lonich and Patton, LLP BlogElder Abuse: Protect Your Loved Ones From Financial Exploitation2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogSurviving The Holidays During A Divorce2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogEstate Planning Lessons From Robin Williams2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogTax And Estate Planning For Same-Sex Couples2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP Blog"No Good Marriage Ever Ended In Divorce" - Louis C.K.2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogTrust Administration: The Basics2014
Lonich & Patton, LLp BlogMediation: Because Litigation Isn't Always The Answer2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogEstate Tax Portability: A Valuable Asset You May Not Know You Had2014
Lonich & Patton, LLp BlogThe Disclaimer: An Arrow In The Savvy Planner's Quiver2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogPhilip Seymore Hoffman's Will (Part 2): More Than Just Nickels And Dimes2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogWhat Is Probate And Why Should I Avoid It?2014
Lonich & Patton, LLp BlogValentine's Day Causes 40% To Consider Divorce2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogIf You Think A CHild Can Have Only Two Parents, Think Again2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogWhat to Prepare Before Meeting Your Estate Planning Attorney2014
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogHow to Keep the Family Baggage Out of the Family Business2014
The Lonich and Patton, LLP BlogYou Only Die Once: How to Avoid Gandolfini's Estate Planning Errors2013
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogEnd-of-Life Directives: Will You Consider My Religious Beliefs?2013
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogCreating A Will: Say What You Mean2013
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogYouTube PSA From Santa Clara DA's Office: Is An Annuity Right For You?2013
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogForgot A Pre-Nup? Create A Post-Nup2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogAdvanced Health Care Directive: Are You Prepared for the Unthinkable?2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogYou Say Estate Planning is Terrifying: We Say, Meet the BDIT2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogCan A Will Written On a Tablet Be Valid?2013
The Lonich and Patton, LLP BlogEstate and Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogEstate Planning is Important for Women Too2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogCovering the Bases: How to Plan for Unplanned Death2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogI'm Officially Divorced, Now What?2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogGift Taxes: How Much Your Generosity Could Cost You2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogProtecting the Hand-Me-Down Business2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogWhat Happens To Your Facebook Page When You Die?2013
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogAllotting Trust Funds For Travel2012
The Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogTransfers from Parents & Grandparents to Children: Avoid an Increase in Property Tax2012
Lonich & Patton, LLp BlogDespite Mandated Reporting Laws, Financial Institution Are Not Subject To Civil Liability2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogSpendthrift Clauses: Protecting Your Loved Ones' Inheritance2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogTough Times Call For...More Estate Taxes?2011
Lonich & Patton, LLPSingle? Time To Start Your Estate Planning2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogDivorce Today: Navigationg Through Divorce Lawyers Online2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogPlanning Ahead For The Costs Of Nursing Homes2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogEconomics Of Family Law: Alternatives For Attorney's Fees In Family Law Cases2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogTrusts Offer Privacy During Probate2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogChoosing The Right Executor2011
Lonich & Patton, LLp BlogDoes Your Loved One Need A Conservator?2011
Northern California Marine Assoc.Lemon Law for Marine Retailers2006
Central California Claims Assoc. newsletterFraud as White Collar Crime1999
Santa Clara County Bar Association newsletterClient Relations1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of San FranciscoHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
University of San FranciscoSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trust and Estate CLETrust 101 Seminar2013
Succession Planning SeminarLeveraging a Legacy2010
Estate Planning Basics SCV Water DistrictEstate Planning2010
CLC Speakers Panel West Marine PresentationEstate Planning2010
Los Angeles Boat ShowLemon Law2008