Michael C. Ferguson

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Berkeley, California

Ferguson & Berland, P.C.
Michael C. Ferguson
Ferguson & Berland, P.C.

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate

Licensed in California since: 1969

Education: University of California Berkeley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024
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Ferguson & Berland, P.C.

1816 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone: 510-548-9005 Email: Michael C. Ferguson


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 U.C. Berkeley Law [Boalt Hall]--Wills & Trusts, 1994-2014; Adjunct Professor at U.C. Davis Law [King Hall]--Wills & Trusts, Spring 2019; 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); Super Lawyers (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 Committew on Legal Specialization 1996-99; Chair, Rockridge Health Care Plan (a CA HMO serving a large MediCal population) 1976-86; Member, Prospect School Board 1981-2000 (Chair 1987-97); Extensive writing and teaching; 4 sons.

First Admitted: 1969, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/94710-ca-michael-ferguson-285...

Scholarly Lectures/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 the Hell 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 and published articles on an "Introduction to Drafting" and the use of "Boilerplate;" 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 relating to the planning and administration of Estates., ,
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Former Member, CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Berkeley  BA in Economics 1965; J.D. 1968, 1965
  • Boalt Hall, Law Review/Order of the Coif, 1968
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Specialists, CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Office location for Michael C. Ferguson

1816 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024

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