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Mark Steven Drobny

Estate planning Attorney at Sacramento, CA

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  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
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PROVIDING ESTATE PLANNING AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES SINCE 1989.

Mark S. Drobny was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1977 (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and General Sciences), UOP McGeorge Law School in 1980 (J.D.) and 1981 (LL.M-Taxation). He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California of Legal Specialization. He is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Estate Planning and is a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association and Sacramento County Bar. He was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court before all nine Justices on June 9, 2003, in Washington D.C. Mark has served on the boards of most major Northern California charities, including The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Sutter Hospitals Foundation, Stanford Settlement, St. Hope Academy, McGeorge School of Law and California State University, Sacramento Foundation and is co-chair of California State University Sacramento’s Endowment Committee. He received the CSUS president's medal for Distinguished Service in June of 2014. Mark has formed or chaired the planned giving committees for many major Northern California charities and is widely regarded as one of the region’s top experts on Charitable Remainder Trusts and other Planned Giving concepts. Mark has been a member of The Sacramento Estate Planning Council since 1982, was the founding editor of their monthly newsletter, a member of their Board of Directors for eight years, and President in 1992 and 1993. Mark has practiced law for over 35 years, and founded DROBNY LAW OFFICES, INC. in 1989. He limits his practice to Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Probate, Business Planning and Taxation, and has offices in Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, San Diego. Palo Alto and San Ramon. Mark has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento Superior Court’s Probate division for over 20 years. Mark S. Drobny is a frequent speaker on Estate Planning matters, having given over 1,000 presentations in an entertaining and informative format.
Mark has 2 children: Dane, 29, is the manager and lead trainer for West Hollywood's Barry's Bootcamp San Diego facility and certified yoga instructor in Del Mar. Danielle, 23, is a recent graduate of Seattle University and is also a certified yoga instructor.

Location

Drobny Law Offices, Inc.
4180 Truxel Road
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA, 95834-3765
Drobny Law Offices, Inc.
2010 Crow Canyon Place
Suite 100
San Ramon, CA, 94583
Drobny Law Offices, Inc.
801 10th Street
5th Floor, Suite 1
Modesto, CA, 95354
Drobny Law Offices
4445 Eastgate Mall
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92121
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Posted by Melissa | June 24, 2013
Estate Planning Made Easy
Drobny Law Offices, Inc. made my estate planning as easy as possible. I would highly recommend Mark Drobny!
Posted by M. | July 26, 2013
Finding a Great Solution
In trying to set up my family trust, I had problems of how I would leave the same amount of money for each of my children--I have five. Because some of my children are doing well financially, there was one child that would not be able to handle a large sum of money all at once. After talking, and at the end of our meeting, Mr. Drobny came up with a great solution to my problem which never occurred to me. I feel like something heavy has been lifted off my shoulders. I found him to be very easy to talk to, and recommend him highly.
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Posted by Rustico | February 14, 2024
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My Estate Planning package
I believe Mak Drobny is the best Estate Planning Attorney in the industry. During our experience, we felt very welcome by his friendly attitude and pleasant approach to our needs. He explained everything with ease and professionalism. To me, he appeared to be very knowledgeable on the subject. Right there, he immediately earned my trust and my business. My wife and I hired him as our estate planning attorney! We were extremely satisfied with his excellent service. Highly recommended to our family, friends, neighbors and anyone who may have the same needs!
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Posted by Michelle | October 3, 2023
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Personal review of Mark Drobny
Mark came highly recommended by a family member. My husband and I met with him for a consultation to review our estate and trust planning. He explained every detail, including the pros and cons of setting up an estate trust. It became such a simple process in the way he asked questions in order to get the information necessary for all the paperwork. The entire process was so much easier than we expected and he was a delight to work with all the way. We are more than happy with our final documents and are secure in the fact that he will take care of any and all necessary needs in the future. I would strongly recommend him to anyone thinking about their estate planning.
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Posted by Cathy | September 30, 2023
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Great attorney!
We had an appointment with Mark Drobny to look over our trust and see if we needed a new trust or just an amendment to update it. We were able to get an amendment at a considerable savings than if we needed a whole new trust. We were getting ready to leave town for several months and wanted to have the trust amended before we left in case something happened to us. Mr. Drobny was able to get it done the same week and we were able to sign it and get our copies as were heading out of town! He was great to work with, very funny, very flexible with our time constraints and extremely knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Abigail | September 15, 2023
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Family Trust Update
My husband and I were in need of having our Living Trust updated, since the arrival of grandchildren, etc., and Mark Drobney was recommended to us by our financial advisor. When we med with Mark, we could tell he was highly experienced in his field, and put us immediately as ease. The process was thorough, detailed and efficient. Mark answered all our questions, and made a number of very important suggestions that will make the process much easier and streamlined for our heirs, when that time comes. We would highly recommend Mark and his firm.
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Posted by Esperanza | September 12, 2023
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Estate Planning
We have recently reinstated our living trust as recommended by Mark Drobny due to changes in tax laws which would be not beneficial for us in he long run. Mark has been very helpful in explaining these new tax laws that affected us and reached out to us to assist us in reinstating our living trust. He always has our best interest and we appreciate that.
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Posted by Elise | September 11, 2023
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Thoughtful and Professional
Every interaction I've had with Mark and his team has been thoughtful and professional. Mark put together a living trust for me that accomplishes exactly what I want to to accomplish. He answered all of my questions and promptly followed up with any outstanding issues. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Posted by Dalip | September 10, 2023
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Professional,knowledgeable and approachable
We were looking for estate planning when my uncle recommended Mark. He gave vert positive feedback about him which I understand now. Everything went very smooth from initial consultation to signing final papers. He is very pleasant and easy to talk to. His knowledge of subject is unmatched. I would recommend him to all my family and friends.
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Posted by lucy&spruyt | September 7, 2023
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Excellent
We found Mark Drobny by accident—noticed that his firm had an unusual number of reviews, and all of the highest ratings. If it were possible, we’d give Drobny Law Offices more stars than five. W are grateful to Mark for encouraging us to begin and keep going on the development of our Revocable Living Trust. It seemed like a daunting task at a time when we had so much else going on. His support made all the difference. Another aspect of Drobny Law is that you become a lifetime member, so to speak, with check-ups, updates, and information continuing through each year. We must also mention the Office staff. They are remarkably efficient and accurate. When Mark said someone would contact us, we’d get that call in five minutes. When he said someone would make requested changes, it was done instantly and with exactness. And, finally, Mark and all of his staff possess excellent communication skills. Drobny Law really makes you feel as though you are their only client, which is clearly not the case. All of this and more you’ll get for one flat fee. We have high confidence in Drobny Law and feel extremely lucky to have their service. Without hesitation, we highly recommend Drobny Law Offices.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2023
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Highly Recommended
Drobny Law Offices made the process so simple. I am pleased to have found them. I can rest easy knowing all is handled.
Posted by Gerald | August 19, 2023
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Go to Guy
My Wife and I have been clients of Mark Drobny for 15 years. Most recently to update our Trust. He and his staff never disappoint. Very affable gentleman. Explains all things in lay terms and welcomes questions. Extremely well versed in estate planning. We are 100% confident in all our estate documents prepared by Mr. Drobny. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Retha | August 1, 2023
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Estate planning
Mark Drobny and staff were stellar. They respond immediately, provide ALL information requested and required. Great customer service; Mark has a wicked sense of humor coupled with his knowledge and wisdom of estate planning. It was truly a pleasure working with him.
Posted by Nancy | July 26, 2023
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Excellent
Mark Drobney worked with us on our estate planning. He’s an expert in trusts; he’s thorough; he explains everything well; the documents he prepared for us make us confident that our wishes will be carried out exactly. He’s, of course, current on relevant case law. His decades of experience preparing trusts is reflected in the air-tight documents he prepares. He’s highly respected in the field. He was referred by my friend who attended a presentation he regularly gives to state employees on estate planning; she and her husband have been clients now for at least 20 years. Of the attorneys we interviewed and researched, Mark Drobney outranked them all. We are confident in our selection. The price for his services to meet with us, prepare the documents, and follow up is more than reasonable; it’s somewhat comparable to other attorneys we talked to except Mark’s cost includes more follow up. His staff are professional and followed up to confirm appointments and that we had received information etc.
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Posted by Patrick | July 21, 2023
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Amazing
Mark Drobny is an amazing attorney, and a great guy. He has helped us update our living trust, will, and many others. He would be a great benefit to anyone!
Posted by Kasra | July 8, 2023
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Excellent
Mark is a very friendly and simple to understand attorney. Right to the point and simple. Very affordable and a great value for my Living Trust.
Posted by Tom | July 5, 2023
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Best Estate Planning Experience
Mr. Drobny and his staff are EXCELLENT! They have made our estate planning understandable and have laid out (in clear steps) the process that we and our survivors need to go through.
Posted by Bruce | June 29, 2023
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Superb Trust Development and Service
My spouse and I have been extremely pleased at the professionalism and services provided by Mark Drobny. The friendly atmosphere and displayed knowledge/competence made for an excellent place to develop our Family Trust. We highly recommend his office for any Estate planning, Probate, or Trusts needs.
Posted by Andy | June 18, 2023
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Best Law Office
Mark Drobny and the rest of the team at Drobny Law Offices provided excellent service and assistance! I would highly recommend them. They make the whole process of quick and easy.
Posted by Jesse | May 15, 2023
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High-Quality Trust Support
Fantastic experience with Mark Drobny and Drobny law services. I am an attorney myself (different field) and it's refreshing to work with a law office that not only (deeply) understands the area of law they are working in, but has a process that is simple, quick, and effective. We reached out about a family trust and within a few months had one beautifully pulled together, including funding of the trust (moving our assets into it -- a HUGELY overlooked part of the process for many firms we explored before landing on Drobny), an advance health directive, durable power of attorney, pour over will, etc. The documents came to us in a binder and electronic, including various copies to provide to our agents. Wonderful experience -- cannot recommend highly enough.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Drobny Law Offices, Inc.
  • 1989 - Present

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1981
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California State University Sacramento Endowment Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award-Estate Planning
  • N/A
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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark Drobny is a true professional and exceptional lawyer. Having worked with Mark over the years, I have been particularly impressed with his wealth of knowledge, insight and strategic thinking. Mark provides the highest level of representation possible. He is a true professional and an asset to the legal community. He is the rare lawyer that I refer clients to without any hesitation. A true class act and the best around."
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Sacramento Estate planning Lawyer Mark Steven Drobny
Mark Steven Drobny
Estate planning Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 43 years
Virtual consultation available