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Richard Dustin Macfarlane

Elder law Attorney at Fair Oaks, CA

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also known as Dustin, MacFarlane


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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    37%

    15 years

  2. Estate planning
    33%
    Emphasis on Incapacity Planning, Wealth Transfer, and Beneficiary Protection. In other words, make sure you're taken care of when your sick, make sure your stuff goes to whom you intent, and make sure you beneficiaries are protected when ultimately receive an inheritance.

    15 years, 50 cases

  3. Probate
    10%

    15 years

  4. Trusts
    10%
    Revocable Trusts are most common. But there is a great need for trusts for your family or children who receive public benefits; those are called Special Needs Trusts. There are many other types of trusts to plan for needs such as asset protection or creditor protection for beneficiaries.

    15 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Will tell others how you want your stuff distributed. Living Wills are for medical decisions, and let doctors and loved ones know what to do in drastic situations.

    15 years

In 1994, I began to work in Long Term Care. I know most of the owners and operators of Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities in Northern California and the Central Valley. I understand concerns that residents face:

  • can I stay at home?
  • which facility to I choose?
  • what level of care do I need?
  • and how am I going to pay for this?

As an Estate Planning attorney, I work with families to find solutions to these questions. I know loving family members share these stresses. Spouses, primarily wives, do all they can to keep their dear husbands at home. This is tireless work. These women are primary caregivers for their husbands in failing health. Daughters too provide much support for frail parents.

My career in Long Term Care showed me the best characteristics of The Greatest Generation. I am thankful for their example of work and service.

I love my clients. I love meeting with them. Their stories, interesting dynamics, and concerns drive me. I want client challenges to me my challenges; their worries my worries and want to see their victories. I always approach clients with the intent to preserve family peace and harmony.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do.

 

The stunning Mrs. MacFarlane and I will celebrate 15 years January 2011. We have three children: 3, 8, and 10. Working full-time, and with the support of my dear wife, I started law school in 2004. I graduated and passed the bar in the summer of 2008, and was admitted to practice law January of 2009. Since admission to the California Bar, I continue to work and build my Estate Planning practice. My clients range from newly married, to young families, to those deep into retirement and facing more severe health issues.

I am grateful for the trust clients bestow in me.

Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/02/2022

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

Contact Richard

California Probate and Trust, PC
9701 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA, 95628
California Probate and Trust, PC
1851 Heritage Ln Suite 128
Sacramento, CA, 95815
California Probate and Trust, PC
77 Geary St 5th Floor Suite 13
San Francisco, CA, 94108
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Reviews

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Posted by Carol | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mother in law very happy with Trust
My mother in law was very pleased with the thoroughness of her Trust that Mr. MacFarlane and his associate helped her create. Tony Franceschi, Mr. MacFarlane's associate, patiently answered questions and made sure she completely understood the documents. She enjoyed working with both of them and has recommended their office to her friends. When it is time to create my Trust, I will only go to MacFarlane Legal.
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Posted by Trina Kaplow | March 26, 2012
Very thorough estate planner!
Dustin generated a living will and trust for us to ensure that our three children would always have a safety net. The document is extremely thorough. The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare even came in handy recently when my husband was hospitalized!

Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • California Probate and Trust, PC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Host
  • Talk 650 KTSE Radio
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Professor
  • Lorenzo Patino School of Law
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Purchasing Consultant
  • HPSI
  • 1997 - 2010
  • Missionary
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • 1992 - 1994
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Education

  • University of Northern California - Lorenzo Patino School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • University of Phoenix
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Association of Health Facilities
  • Associate Member
  • 1997 - 2010
  • Aging Services
  • Associate Member
  • 1997 - 2010
  • California Assisted Living Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1997 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Associate of the Year
  • California Association of Health Facilities
  • 2003
  • Associate of the Year
  • California Association of Health Facilities
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dustin is an active and intelligent contributor to the on-line Estate Planning community."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dustin is super empathetic and personable and a valued member of a national organization of estate planning attorneys. He is very generous with his knowledge and experience, helping to mentor younger and newer attorneys."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dustin’s background gives him a unique perspective to truly understand the planning needed for his clients. He is very knowledgeable and is always available to collaborate with his colleagues. I endorse Dustin.!"
Elder law Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dustin is a terrific colleague and planner. There have been a number of times throughout the years when I've reached out for his opinion on a case I am handling. He is thorough, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Great to work with!"
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow member of Wealth Counsel, I know Dustin strives to bring his clients a best-in-class estate planning experience."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Fair Oaks Elder law Lawyer Richard Dustin Macfarlane
Richard Dustin Macfarlane
Elder law Attorney
Fair Oaks, CA
Licensed for 14 years
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