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About me

I have dedicated myself to estate, trust, and probate-related cases since 2001, representing trustees, executors, beneficiaries, conservators, and guardians in trust and estate administration matters of many types, and in many probate courts throughout California. 

I'm a proud father of two talented college students, an avid skier, and a political junkie. 

Since 1986 I have played tuba with the California Repercussions, a semi-professional pep band made up mostly of alumni of the UC Davis Marching Band and the UC Berkeley Marching Band.  Go Bears!

I am also active with the Society for Creative Anachronism ( SCA ).


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 44%
    15 years, 300 cases
  2. Trusts: 28%
    15 years, 100 cases
  3. Wills: 20%
    15 years, 300 cases
  4. Probate: 8%
    15 years, 50 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Craig Reed

    I commend Mr. Goodson for discussing the fact that it is possible to hire a probate lawyer in California for less than the maximum allowable fee set by statute. I practice probate law in Nevada where my firm of Reed & Mansfield successfully offers discount rates and excellent personal service for probate cases. Occasionally I get clients who have to do probates in both California and Nevada and often these clients have been brainwashed by California lawyers that "all lawyers in California charge the same amount for a probate," so no point price shopping.


    Jonathan Reed Car accident Attorney
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  • Kenneth Lee LaBore

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Goodson is a very knowledgeable attorney.


    Kenneth LaBore Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
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Contact info


200 Auburn Folsom Road
Suite 106
Auburn, CA, 95603


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Estate Planning AttorneyCunninghamLegal2016 - Present
Attorney PartnerTrust & Probate Law Group2006 - Present
AttorneyBohne Law Group2003 - 2006
AttorneyEdward W. Goodon, Attorney at Law2001 - 2003
International Contract Negotiator and AdministratorLucent Technologies1997 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMemberN/A
Tri-Valley Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Estate Planning Council of Diablo ValleyMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of California - BerkeleyDevelopment StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
University of California - BerkeleySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1988