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Daniel Ivan Spector

Litigation Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.7   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    90%
    Trust and Probate Litigation--fights over assets after people die; complex business litigation, generally involving family and trust owned interests and properties.

    31 years, 500 cases

  2. Mediation
    10%

    18 years, 60 cases

WE DELIVER VALUE AND WINNING RESULTS THROUGH CAREFUL LISTENING AND EFFECTIVE, AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION.

I am a litigator, whose practice focuses on trust and probate litigation--the fights over money and control after people die.  I also handle related disputes involving the division and control of businesses and property immediately before and after death.

 

My cases are generally tough and complicated by both the law and interpersonal history.  I do well at these because I am able to constistently and efficiently navigate my clients through the maze of conflict to a successful position.

 

There are far easier ways to make a living as a lawyer, but I have chosen this niche as my own because I like the challenge, the complexity and the opportunity to help solve the problem--one way or another. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

Location

Law Office of Daniel I. Spector
9700 Business Park Dr Ste 301
Sacramento, CA, 95827-1718

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Yvonne | September 2, 2021
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Sacramento Attorney
I hired Mr. Spector to resolve my Father Trust. Out of the five of us I found out that my two sisters and my brother were not being truthful. Trying to hide assets, after three proposals from them we finally got it settled. Being a litigation attorney I didn't know if I would have to go to court. Dan, was very professional and very helpful thru the whole process. Even thou I live in Nevada, I am from California, and I would recommend Dan, to anyone who is in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2021
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He was very helpful. I wish I would have know about him earlier. Would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Dorothy | November 3, 2020
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resolving a difficult trustee issue
I have worked with many lawyers in my professional work over the years so I have a range of experience from which to evaluate an attorney's performance. We faced a difficult situation with a family trust and put it off for too long anticipating an impossible battle to resolve. When the issues became too disruptive to delay any longer, I contacted Dan after he was recommended by our trust's attorney. I have never witnessed such swift, effective, extraordinarily smart navigating of legal challenges and disruptive family member behavior. Dan got up to speed so quickly on a complex situation and never missed a beat, encouraged my activities which he reviewed to make sure I wasn't putting myself in harm's way, and when the anticipated World War III in the family resulted from my initiating action, Dan brought it to a peaceful resolution with remarkable speed and intelligence, without having to take the public route of going to court. I and my family will be forever grateful and recommend him so highly for anyone facing such a difficult situation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2020
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Grateful for Dan Spector
I am grateful to have found a knowledgeable and seasoned Trust Litigator. Dan was always responsive, compassionate and commanding at the right time. I highly recommend Dan Spector!
Posted by Julie | May 12, 2019
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Excellant attorney
As trustee of my mother's estate, I was involved in a very ugly family dispute that had been ongoing for months, and had escalated to a lawsuit filed against me. I needed a very good attorney to represent me, and to resolve the issue of my mother's estate so I could honor my mother's wishes. I spoke with Dan, and immediately knew he was the attorney I needed. Dan is not only very knowledgable, experienced and professional, he is honorable and direct. After reviewing my case, Dan put a strategy in place that led to litigation and ended in mediation with very, very favorable results. Dan kept in communication with me throughout the case and returned my calls and emails in a timely manner. I highly recommend Dan Spector, and I would hire him again in a heartbeat should the need arise.
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Posted by Jeannette | November 1, 2017
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Excellent Representation
At the end of September, 2017, a six-year-long personal law suit against me was resolved due to the diligence, experience and professionalism of Daniel I. Spector and his team. He illustrated to the judge how this vindictive and vicious example of harassment and abuse of the court system was unfair and unjustified. I was grateful to have representation which personified what all citizens should, but often don't, possess in the form of dignity, preparedness, sincerity and passion for their client's interests. During the past six years, I have experienced how it felt not to have such a force pleading for justice. Mr. Spector has taken a complex case and in one year has brought it to its rightful conclusion. I admire his steady resolve, his humility and insistence on crediting a successful resolution to his entire team. You may count on this team to communicate in a consistent and timely manner and to treat your litigation needs as though they were their own.
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Posted by Sue | June 10, 2016
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Sucessful outcome
Negotiated settlement on a Trust issue. Took some time but learned to listen to what Mr Spector said, he had our backs. Can't thank him and his stuff for the professional way they dealt with us, and we were in the UK, so it was all long distance.
Posted by Gerry | January 4, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I interviewed several attorneys for my case . It was not a tough choice after talking to Dan who I felt most comfortable representing me in a very delicate situation.. I felt at ease after he reassured me that my case would not drag out and would come to a amicable decision . Highly recommended
Posted by General Counsel | September 23, 2015
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Excellent Litigator
I am General Counsel for a mid-sized, Sacramento company. Our company and its Board of Directors and Chairman were sued as part of a series of complex, highly disputed set of claims by a group of former employees. The plaintiffs chose to initially litigate their matters in the Probate Division of the Superior Court, and we were referred to Dan Spector as the expert for litigation in that division. I’m very pleased we hired Dan Spector. Dan navigated and ultimately litigated, arbitrated and mediated the matters to very favorable results for our company and its Directors and Chairman. I deal with plenty of attorneys from local firms and large global law firms. Dan is clearly among the very best. He is exceptionally bright, diligent, effective and easy to work with. Dan communicates clearly and succinctly. In short, Dan Spector is an excellent litigator. I would hire him again in a heart beat.
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Posted by Dawn | August 27, 2015
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The type of counsel you want
Dan became my attorney after a negative experience with a so called expert trust attorney. I found Dan to be a most wise and pro active counselor. He represented my needs professionally and thoroughly, as well as calmly and friendly. I was always impressed with his ability to get to the point and be conscious of my time and money. I don't think I ever spent more than 30 minutes on the phone with him....Quite different from my previous representation, who wasted hours and $$$$ talking and talking. When I would get stressed Dan was able to calmly talk me through the various scenarios to achieve the outcome I wanted. And bottom line...the settlement was in my favor! I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Sherri | August 18, 2015
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Professional and dependable
When I found myself in an unforgivable outcome with my parents estate, I talked to several attorneys. Dan clearly stood out in understanding my situation and outlined a course of action. Dan was positive, truthful, and thorough. His attention to detail and timely responses drew praise from the judge. Dan was able to articulate difficult issues and led me to a settlement during mediation. Litigation is a difficult situation to pursue. Dan is a professional, no nonsense, direct attorney that you can depend on.
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Posted by Allan | August 4, 2015
Great Lawyer
My family had an intractable issue dealing with our father's estate. Our Trust attorney recommended that we seek a litigator to deal with this issue as she was certain it would end up in court. When I met with Dan Spector it was clear he was extremely competent and understood what we needed to do to resolve the issue. Dan created a plan for litagation which lead to the other side requesting arbitration. He gave me valuable advice which avoided future conflicts. The arbitration successfully resolved our case saving me a great deal of stress, time and money. If you want a effective, professional attorney to represent you, call Dan Spector.
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Posted by Shawnda | July 30, 2015
A True Leader
Dan was recommended to our non-profit organization to help with a trust that had become quite contentious. His level of expertise and knowledge was evident from the beginning. We could not have asked for better representation or a more pleasant team to work with. We are so grateful for the energy Dan put into litigating our case and the positive outcome he facilitated.
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Posted by Cindy K. | July 28, 2015
Very knowledgeable
Living in Florida, I needed an attorney in another state (California) to help with the paperwork involved in a Trust situation. Mr. Spector was very informative, and while answering questions for us, posed a few we had not though of ourselves. He is very caring, considerate and performs in a professional manner at all times. Dan was able to correspond with us as well as the Trust attorney, relay information and bring our case to settlement. I would definitely recommend Dan and his efficient staff.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
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Not Recommended for Undue Influence/Elder Abuse Cases
I hired Dan Spector (at his rate of $500/hr) to represent me and my family involving a case of undue influence and elderly abuse. My decision to retain him was based on 2 factors: 1) his Super Lawyer rating and 2) a referral from a professional colleague. I was involved in a big case against a multinational company several years ago and retained a Super Lawyer who was terrific and won our case. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Dan. I setup a consultation call with Dan to discuss my case. Prior to the call, I sent him an email with the details. During the consultation call, Dan essentially paraphrased my email back to me. Towards the conclusion of our discussion, he told me we had a strong case and despite wanting to put odds on our chances for success, he guesstimated 70%. He also advised me that he didn't write letters, he litigated. If the opposing party wanted to talk, he would certainly take their call. I was impressed with the attitude as we were going to need an aggressive attorney to successfully pursue our claims. Unfortunately, more than $10,000 later, Dan was unable to accomplish anything. He wrote a letter to the opposing party and had a call with opposing party's attorney resulting in absolutely nothing. In fact, when his office sent me an email summary of the call, for a moment, I thought that he was the opposing party's attorney not mine. Furthermore, I gave him critical talking points for the conversation with opposing attorney. To my shock and disappointment, he chose not to discuss them. I just received my final invoice and file. Not surprisingly, 90% of the file consists of my own notes, observations, work, emails etc.....For an attorney who is supposedly an expert in undue influence and elderly abuse, I was extremely disappointed. Dan did not move the needle at all and was subsequently fired. $10,000 and two months later, nothing accomplished.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Center for Collaborative Solutions
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2009
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1992
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA
  • 1989

Associations

  • Superior Court of California, Sacramento County, Mediation Panel
  • Certified Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Trust, Estate an Probate Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation Boot Camp
  • Discovery!
  • 2016
  • The Probate Process
  • Litigation in the Context of Probate Administration
  • 2009
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Service of Process in Trust and Probate Litigation
  • 2008
  • UC Davis--Business Law
  • The Business of Litigation
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Daniel
Litigation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am consistently grateful to have Dan as a resource for trust and estates litigation cases. He recently negotiated an extremely favorable result for a client of mine in a probate dispute. He's the kind of tough lawyer you love having on your side."
Litigation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan Spector is a problem solver of the highest order; he undertakes his work with a seriousness of purpose, is very knowledgeable and applies great strength and skill to finish the job. I highly endorse him as a litigator and believe that any client with litigation or trust issues would be well served with Dan on board."
Probate Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Spector is an exceptional lawyer. He successfully defended me in a complex and protracted will contest. The issues in this case went far beyond those usually litigated and included an admitted scrivener's error; a simultaneous homicide investigation focusing on the plaintiff as a suspect and the deceased as the potential victim ; a bizarre and unsuccessful antislapp filed by opposing counsel, and so much more. This strange confluence of human and legal factors created a legal landscape which my family and I often experienced as harsh and stressful. My opponent changed attorneys three times and her legal maneuvers were constantly shifting and very unpredictable. Despite this, Dan reacted to each new challenge and obstacle with the grace and agility of a Parkour champion. He is creative and intuitive - knowing when to be aggressive and when to be still. His litigation skills are simply awesome. As an attorney myself, it was a beautiful thing to witness."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Mr. Spector as his opposing counsel on a matter. I was impressed by the way he handled himself and his client's trust. He was professional and courteous while vagariously representing his client's interest. Since that time I have consulted with Mr. Spector on numerous matters and would not hesitate in the least to refer him to my friends and clients. You will find him honest, direct, and very knowledgeable."
Probate Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Daniel asked me to help him with an appeal in a probate matter. After reading the trial-court filings, I was very impressed with his litigation skills. In working with him, it became very apparent to me that Daniel is a conscientious and capable litigator who has the wisdom to recognize the best path when confronted with complex options. He showed great concern for our client and put in the extra effort needed to advance our client's interests. i would endorse him."
Probate Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a seasoned professional. He aggressively represents his clients' best interests and promotes resolution were possible."
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Sacramento Litigation Lawyer Daniel Ivan Spector
Daniel Ivan Spector
Litigation Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available