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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Berkeley, CA

Michael C. Ferguson
Ferguson & Berland, P.C.
1816 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
T:Work 510-548-9005
F: Fax510-548-3143
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1969
Education: University of California Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate


BA, Univ of California, Berkeley 1965 (Honors in Economics); JD, Boalt 1968 (Note and Comment Editor on California Law Review/Order of the Coif); Adjunct Professor at Boalt (Wills & Trusts, 1994-2014); Adjunct Professor at St. Mary's College Graduate School of Business, Moraga, CA (Business Law, 1984-90); Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (1989-present); Certified Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization (1992-present); Superlawyer (2005-present); Member, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization 1988-2011 (Chair, Estate Planning and Probate Law Advisory Commission 1990-92; Chair, Board of Legal Specialization 1994); American Bar Association Standing Committe on Legal Specialization 1996-99; Chair, Rockridge Health Care Plan (a CA HMO serving a large MediCal population) 1976-86; Member, Prospect Shcool Board 1981-2000 (Chair 1987-97); Extensive writing and teaching; 4 sons.

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015

About Michael Ferguson

Admitted: 1969, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Boalt Hall, Law Review/Order of the Coif, 1967

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Specialists, CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Former Member, CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • I have written an extensive chapter on Living Trusts, published as part of West’s comprehensive text on California Trust Law (1999); an essay entitled “What are Ethics? And Why should we worry about them anyway?;” have assembled (and edited) extensive materials for various CEB classes on Ethical and Malpractice Considerations in Estate Planning and other T&E related topics; have written  and taught extensively on Drafting Wills & Trusts; have published an article entitled “Proving Death Without A Body” in the August, 1991, CEB Estate Planning Newsletter; have (with Warren Sinsheimer) authored an irregular “Back to the Basics” column for the State Bar’s Estate Planning Trust & Probate Law Section newsletter; and have (as a law student) written a pedantic foray into the backwaters of procedural law for the California Law Review--which foray is best forgotten.  I have also lectured extensively on the subjects of: the Changing Nature of the Family, the Future of Estate Planning, the Benefits of Specialty Certification, Planning for Retirement, and numerous other topics relatiing to the planning and administration of Estates.

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley  BA in Economics 1965, 1961
Last Updated: 12/18/2015
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