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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rookie Board Member of the Year||Sacramento State Alumni Association||2005|
|Rookie Sports Reporter of the Year||The State Hornet||1996|
|Partner||HMS Law Group LLP||2012 - Present|
|Senior Attorney||The Burton Law Firm||2010 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||McDonough Holland & Allen, PC||2008 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy||2006 - 2007|
|Associate Attorney||Generations||2003 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation||Director||2016 - Present|
|California Musical Theatre Foundation||Director||2014 - Present|
|Philanthropic Advisors Forum of Greater Sacramento||Member||2010 - Present|
|Crocker Art Museum Planned Giving Committee||Member||2009 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Sacramento Estate Planning Council||Director & Technical Forum Co-Chair||2007 - 2011|
|Sacramento State Alumni Association||Director & President (2011-2012)||2005 - 2015|
|California State Bar Trusts and Estates Quarterly||The Death of the California Compassionate Choices Act: Will Californians Ever Receive the Right to Die?||2008|
|Marin Lawyer||Inflation Increases 2007 Income Tax Limits for Deductible Contributions to Retirement Plans||2007|
|Sacramento Valley Rental Housing Authority Magazine||The Demise of the Private Annuity? Financial Advice for the Rental Investor||2007|
|UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy||The Constitutionality of Proposition 21||2001|
|University of California at Davis School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|California State University, Sacramento||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Crocker Art Museum & UC Davis School of Law||Financial and Legal Planning for Same-Sex Couples||2011|
|Association of Fundraising Professionals||Estate & Charitable Gift Tax Update||2011|
|Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association||The Write Stuff: Enhancing Your Legal Writing||2009|
|Crocker Art Museum||Financial and Estate Planning for Art Collectors||2009|
|Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association||One Size Doesn't Fit All: Customizing the Estate Plan||2008|
Posted by Robert
My wife and hired Ms. Gardner to restate our existing trust and wills. The existing documents were up to date, but 10 years old. Only change in the restatement was addition of one additional beneficiary. We indicated to Ms. Gardner that, being retired, we wanted to keep the cost down and she suggested that we retain her on an hourly basic, indicating that her basic fee for drawing up a trust and wills from scratch was approx. $3,000. After the initial 1/2 hour meeting, we had only one additional meeting with Ms. Gardner, plus several short phone conversations with her non-lawyer assistants. To shorten this story, in the end we were billed a total of $2, 921.90 for this most simple "restatement" of the original documents. When I complained to Ms. Gardner she reduced the final billing by $350 (her hourly fee) I blame myself for failing to do my usual "due diligence" by shopping around and asking for a fixed price up front. Several friends (attorneys) agreed that this bill was indeed unconscionable, but that I should just file my complaint and forget it as going to arbitration before the State Bar of CA. would probably take about a year and I would most likely just be wasting my time. This review is not about legal competence, but excessive billing.
So, to all others seeking estate planning, I truly recommend that you give Ms. Gardner a miss and do your homework, which I failed to do.
Posted by George
My family has worked with Rebecca on a couple occasions to handle our estate planning needs. She is extremely professional, courteous, compassionate, and very detail oriented. We have a family member with special needs and Rebecca was very thorough and patient helping us prepare our special needs trust. I recommend Rebecca fully without any reservation.
Posted by Annette
I have the deepest respect for Ms Gardner. She is highly intelligent, comprehensive and has the confidence and assertiveness desired in an attorney. Although she has a specialty, she has assisted me with many other matters and resolved all issues in a methodical and creative manner.
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