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Barbara A. Sonin

Estate planning Attorney at Woodland, CA

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 7 years

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About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%
    Your family will be grieving when you die. Don't compound their pain by leaving them trying to distribute your assets without clear legal direction.

  2. Trusts
    30%
    A living trust is the best way for most Californians to be sure their property is managed for their best interest while they live and after their death. Adding a Special Needs Trust to your plan can provide for a loved one with a disability.

  3. Elder law
    10%
    Elders have a right to dignity and freedom from fraud and harassment in their old age. It's crucial to have an estate plan with trusted people as agents. It's also important to consult with an attorney when it's clear long-term care will be needed.

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    If your elderly loved one is being neglected or taken advantage of, you may need to file for a conservatorship to protect them from harm or fraud.

  5. Probate
    10%
    After a loved one dies, there are usually legal and financial things to take care of. Set up an appointment to find out what your next steps should be.

AN ATTORNEY WHO LISTENS AND CARES. ESTATE PLANNING, SPECIAL NEEDS, CONSERVATORSHIPS, PROBATE.

Barbara Sonin’s practice concentrates in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and special needs trusts. Her motto is “caring for our clients, protecting their assets.” She focuses on caring for her clients by learning their unique struggles, hopes, dreams, fears, and goals. She works to protect their assets by crafting comprehensive estate plans that factor in their current and future assets and earnings, and income they and their heirs will need in the future.

Barbara is licensed to practice before all California courts and before the United States Tax Court. She is also an enrolled agent and a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Top Contributor 2018,2017,2016
Top Contributor
2018 2017 2016
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017
Licensed for 7 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Barbara

Sonin Law
21 Court St
Woodland, CA, 95695-3111
Sonin Law
1652 W. Texas St.
Fairfield, CA, 95695
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Barbara received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Tony | December 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
We worked out a estate planning portfolio, so when the time comes everything would taken care of, and my children would have some comfort knowing that it will be ok.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy attorney
Barbara Sonin helped us update our trust. She is knowledgeable in her field and thorough in the process. She and her office staff are kind and personable with much experience. They guided us through in a very organized manner.
Posted by Rachel | February 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning in the right hands.
From the first interaction with Barbara and her team, we knew our estate planning was in the right hands. Barbara asked thoughtful questions, explained things in a simple and clear way and she and her team always made the extra effort to make us feel comfortable through every step of the process. We are incredibly grateful for the peace of mind that comes along from working with a true professional such as Barbara.
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Posted by Russell | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You Barbara Sonin !
I hired Barbara Sonin to guide me through the process of setting up a Trust. My parents had a Trust put in place nearly 30 years ago…and that Trust allowed my parent’s assets to transfer to my brother, sister and me very easily and smoothly upon their passing. So…when I decided I needed to have a Trust put in place so that my two sons were taken care of…I looked for a specialist. Ladies and gentlemen…allow me to introduce an amazing specialist…Ms. Barbara Sonin of Sonin Law. Trust and Estate Planning are the primary focus and specialty of Sonin Law. And now that my Trust has been completed…I fully recommend Sonin Law as completely knowledgeable…thorough…and effective in guiding you through a very important process. A sincere “Thank You” to Barbara Sonin and the support staff at Sonin Law.
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Posted by JIM | August 5, 2020
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Great experience
Attorneys are like Dentists... you hope you dont have to go see them...but when you do, you want the best experience possible. Barbara is a charm. Smart, direct, easy going and affordable. Made the whole legal process easy to understand and efficient. We feel like our estate planning is complete now.
Posted by Lily | September 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
We selected Barbara for our estate planning because of her prominent standing with the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. She was selected by them as Businesswoman of the Year. In person, she is very likeable, relatable, and professional. Her office setting makes one feel welcome and she offered excellent advice. The process was very thorough and personalized to meet our needs. We highly recommend her and her staff.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
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Trust
Very kind and efficient. Glad I did my businesswith her, My daughter and I needed information on several Subjects. Barbara was very knowledgeable
Posted by Glenn | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Plesant and thorough service
Barbara provided friendly and comprehensive service in organizing the revocable trust my wife and I wanted to establish. With her questioning we identified the parameters of our trust, and she was very helpful in obtaining and incorporating the documents we needed into the final trust document. All of our legal considerations were addressed, and this trust document should meet our need for many years to come.
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Posted by Marlin "Skip" | August 6, 2018
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Positive Experience and Recommendation
Barabara Sonin was an excellent resource to my wife and I, very professional, informed and has a great staff. Barbara reviewed our Trust, which had been prepared by another attorney several years prior, she made suggestions and the modifications to the Trust we suggested. The work was done in a timely manner and presented to us in a cordial and professional manner. Due to my positive experience with Barbara I also retained her services regarding a Trust I manage for a personal friend. In this case her advice has been solid and she provided guidance which allowed me to work effectively with my friends family members.
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Posted by Darla | July 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Professional and Caring
I had a wonderful experience with Barbara Sonin and her staff when I had my living trust prepared. Her staff made me feel very welcome each time I came into the office. Barbara offered a great price and provided very thorough service. She was very friendly and caring. I was able to feel like every detail would be taken care of in Barbara’s trusted hands, and it truly was. She followed through and kept me informed with each step of the process. When completed, she provided me with a well organized product. I highly recommend Barbara Sonin
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Barbara is Extremely Helpful!
Barbara gave me the perfect advice on how to go about handling a power of attorney situation for my mom. She broke down each step and made it easy to understand. She is definitely a top rated person and lawyer.
Posted by Patricia | January 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very skilled and helpful
Ms. Sonin offered good advise that I could understand to help my neigbor with her rights involving her Father's Estate and his home. Because of this helpful information, my neighbor can stay her fathers home for a little while longer and find a place to live. Thank you.
Posted by Marlene | October 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust
Barbara Sonin was very thorough and knowledgeable in preparing our trust. She was very pleasant to work with. We were happy with the results and would highly recommend her.
Posted by Susan | October 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Services Experience
Mrs. Sonin is very knowledgeable,compassionate,professional,thorough, and a pleasure to deal with . I highly recommend Sonin Law to anyone in need of the services she provides.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Living Trust
Barbara was very personable. She took the time to talk with me and really allowed me to communicate to her what I wanted. She made me feel comfortable. Barbara shared every document with me and what it was. She walked me through the process and I am very glad that it is completed and am ensured that it is what I wanted.
Posted by Donna | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My goals were respected
Barbara and her staff listened and then enhanced my plans. Their experience was applied to my requests and the overall result covers many different possibilities. I am very pleased with the result and that I have a team that will continue to support my wishes.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice and concern
She is very concerned about he Potential clients I feel like she is with her actual clients
Posted by Larry & Marcia | July 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience!
We really appreciated working with Barbara to get a trust written for our daughter. She listened and was efficient and effective and so easy to work with. We will continue with Sonin Law and recommend her to our friends, too.
Posted by J.H. | July 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded our expectations
What a warm and welcoming reception we received at Sonin Law; a friendlier or more accommodating attorney and staff you'd scarcely find! Couple those qualities with knowledge of the law and you have a winning combination. My husband and I are very appreciative of the patient counsel given in drafting Estate Planning documents and in the subsequent finished product. We feel confident in recommending Barbara to anyone who wants a genuine, honest and professional attorney to conduct business on their behalf.
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Posted by Patti | July 22, 2016
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Most professional lawyer I've ever met!
I could not have been more pleased with Barbara's services! She goes above and beyond all of the needs that one might have! Thank you so much Barbara all of your help and assistance It was truly a pleasure to work with you! And I have already sent several people your way!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Sonin Law
  • 2016 - Present

Education

  • Oak Brook College of Law & Gov't Policy
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Excelsior College
  • N/A

Associations

  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (California chapter)
  • Co-chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Yolo County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - Present
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Woodland United Way
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, a
  • State Bar of California
  • 2022
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, a
  • State Bar of California
  • 2021
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • JAG training
  • Trusts: An essential element in most estate plans
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is a highly valued member of the same national organization of estate planning attorneys as I am. She is super generous with sharing her extensive knowledge and experience. I have met her and highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
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."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Sonin has made a substantial number of contributions on AVVO. I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Probate Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sonin is an excellent attorney whom I strongly recommend."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Sonin are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Probate Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Sonin provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A review of Ms. Sonin's contributions to AVVO demonstrates that she has an excellent grasp of estate planning matters."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is a hard-working attorney who is dedicated to providing her clients with quality representation. Her background as a fiduciary gives her a unique perspective on Conservatorships, Special Needs Trusts, and the spectrum of issues that arise in dealing with elders' finances. Barbara's personality and perspective bring valuable balance to the family quarrels that tend to arise when important life decisions must be made for parents or grandparents."
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Woodland Estate planning Lawyer Barbara A. Sonin
Barbara A. Sonin
Estate planning Attorney
Woodland, CA
Licensed for 7 years
Virtual consultation available