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Mark Steven Drobny

Estate planning Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   175 reviews

Licensed for 42 years

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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.

Licensed for 42 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 09/09/2022

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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 Joseph | November 30, 2022
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A very reliable attorney
Mr. Drobny is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience in his field. He explained and answered my questions patiently about the details of my case
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2022
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Excellent service
Mr. Drobny and his team are attentive, efficient, professional and easy to work with. Mr. Drobny made me feel comfortable with the steps and implications of establishing my Living Trust. As a single mom, I was motivated to get something in place for my daughter, and Mr. Drobny and team made the process easy and quick. I can rest easier knowing my affairs are in order.
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Posted by Suzanne and Jimmie | November 9, 2022
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Thorough and Timely
Mr. Drobny came highly recommended by our Financial Planner. Our Living Family Trust needed to be updated. Mr. Drobny patiently explained changes to the laws that effected our Trust and Wills. Completing this process with him gave us confidence that we can depend on his firm to take care of us in the future. We highly recommend Mr. Drobny
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Posted by Karen | August 8, 2022
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Trust for special needs
Mr. Mark Drobny prepared my will and living trust that includes a special needs trust for my brother. Price quotes I had received for the special needs trust alone exceeded the total cost of the firm’s work. The document preparation process was efficient and my questions were answered. I am a lawyer, but the area of trusts and estates is uniquely complex. I feel assured that my interests are protected thanks to the service I received.
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Posted by Terry | May 27, 2022
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Great experience
Mark is very knowledgeable and friendly. He takes time to answer all questions and provides thorough exceptional service.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2022
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Estate/Trust
Mr. Drobny’s knowledge, expertise, compassion, and responsiveness put me at ease. He clearly explained what I need to do and even anticipated potential issues and how to respond. He made the whole process easier than I thought it would be.
Posted by Allan | April 22, 2022
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Top Professional in California
Mark is highly professional as is his entire team. Staff is superb. They reviewed our situation, our prior trusts, asked all the appropriate questions to make changes and clarifications, gave us excellent and timely drafts to review, and answered all questions quickly. He spent the time to make sure of what we wanted! Great experience!
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Posted by Wayne | April 9, 2022
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Drobny Review
Prepared original Trust in 1999, updated Trust in 2022. Very pleased with Mr. Drobny's work. He is very knowledgeable and professional as well as personable.
Posted by Mary | March 7, 2022
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Knowledgable and professional.
I first learned of Mark Drobny through an estate planning presentation sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society. He went step by step explaining wills and trusts, their different components, advantages and choices. It was so good, that it motivated me to create a trust and will and get my affairs in order. I made an appointment and Mark explained the process and ensured I understood all aspects. The resulting will and trust reflect everything I wanted plus more I wasn't aware I needed. I am confident that my estate is protected. He relieved my stress that moving forward it will continue to be protected and my wishes will be followed. Now that it is complete, he has given me clear instructions as to who should be informed, who should have copies of the different documents and in the future years, we will be revisiting my documents occasionally to keep them up to date. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark Drobny to anyone who is considering creating a will and trust no matter how large or small.
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Posted by Laurie | January 24, 2022
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Trustworthy and relatable
Mark was funny and explained complex legal terms in very relatable and common sense language. His support staff were incredibly courteous, very responsive and helpful. We hired Mark after viewing a free webinar on estate planning that was hosted by the SPCA. Mark's support of various local organizations is one of the things we really liked. He understood our concerns about caring for our pets if we passed away and made the somewhat intimidating process of estate planning manageable. He thinks of issues that I never would have and included little "extra" tips that truly made our lives easier.
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Posted by Italo Baraga | December 23, 2021
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A TRUE PROFESSIONAL
Mark Drobny is a true professional and exceptional lawyer. We have been particularly impressed with his wealth of knowledge, insight and strategic thinking. Since we had our estate planning drawn up we have slept much better. His office has always answered our questions quickly. He is a true professional and an asset to us as individuals and the legal community. He is the rare lawyer in that he is considerate and compassionate with his clients without any hesitation. As far as attorneys go, he is a class act and a person that sets he bar for other attorneys to attain. You go Mark!!! Thank you for helping us and our friends.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2021
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Made everything easy
Mr Drobny made a situation that was overwhelming for me easy to deal with. He comes with my complete recommendation.
Posted by Steve | November 22, 2021
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Peace of Mind Estate Planning for Life!
Mr. Drobny and his staff have served as my family’s estate planning team since 2008. The greatest compliment I can pay the Drobny Law firm is that I simply do not worry about any estate issues anymore, and this goes far beyond the “what happens after I die” questions. When Federal or State law changes in such a way that might affect my estate, Mr. Drobny sends me a letter with good counsel on how to proceed. (And there’s the annual “free check up” letter Mark sends to his clients inquiring whether there are changes needed to the estate. BTW: Drobney Law does not charge for routine estate plan changes—I’ve used this service; it’s real, no charge.) Also, should I become unable to direct my own financial or medical affairs due to illness or accident then the durable powers of attorney documents Mark set up to address these possibilities (as well as the trustworthy and reliable agents I have selected to act in my stead) have got it covered. Unlike single proprietor firms, Drobney Law is deep with competence and talent. Should something happen to Mark (God forbid!) then I am confident that his staff will continue to support me in the exemplary manner they have done over the past 13 years. I am delighted to award Drobny Law with 5 stars! They have certainly earned it. BTW, I’m not some “Big Client” that gets special treatment, and I know other “regular folks” who also comment on how well taken care of they feel after setting up or amending their estate plans through Drobny Law Offices.
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Posted by Virginia | November 12, 2021
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Mark Drobny
Mr. Drobny was very professional when I met him in his office. He was matter-of-fact and no-nonsense when correcting my estate. Additionally, he supplied me with the tools and information needed by my trustee to execute my estate. He has my trust and respect because he delivered in a timely manner. Mr. Drobny, a skilled and qualified attorney has rated 5 stars in my eyes.
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Posted by Jeff | November 11, 2021
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Absolute Expertise & Care in Estate Planning
Mr. Drobny recently updated and revised my family trust. The process made me appreciate why I selected him 13 years ago as my family estate planning attorney. Mark is friendly, beyond knowledgeable, and has the knack to take complicated topics and explain them in a way that makes instant sense. On top of all that, Mark has a pleasant sense of humor and makes you feel very comfortable. I highly recommend Mark’s firm to anyone seeking estate planning.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2021
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Knowledgeable and Efficient
We were very satisfied with the services we received from Mark Drobny. He was very efficient and knowledgeable when it came to setting up our trust, wills, and advanced health care directives. He took the time to answer all our questions and carefully reviewed all aspects of the paperwork with us. It was money well spent and we would recommend his services to others.
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Posted by Gretchen | August 14, 2021
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Definitely recommend
Mark and his tram were very organized and gave clear instructions. We moved through the process very quickly.
Posted by Scott | August 9, 2021
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You cant go wrong with Mark...
We've worked with Mark over a 12 year period to create and maintain our trust. Mark clearly knows his craft but most importantly he is careful to take the time to review and explain each facet of our trust. Combined with a staff that is uber efficient and you simply can't go wrong!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (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

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
  • 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 42 years
Virtual consultation available