Janet L. Brewer

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Los Altos, California

Law Office of Janet L. Brewer
Janet L. Brewer
Law Office of Janet L. Brewer

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1977

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024
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Law Office of Janet L. Brewer

4 Main St
Suite 20
Los Altos, CA 94022 Visit website


Janet L. Brewer is the principal of the Law Office of Janet L. Brewer, which has its headquarters in Los Altos, California.  She serves clients throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. For more than 20 years, she has focused her practice on estate planning, probate matters, and trust administration, including the preparation of wills, revocable trusts, tax-sensitive trusts and gift planning. She also assists clients in the formation of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  She is experienced in helping non-resident aliens, visa holders, "green card" holders and other international families with planning for their US-based assets and with minimizing the impact of US estate and gift taxes on international assets.

Ms. Brewer is one of fewer than 2,000 attorneys who have been certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, she has achieved a "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo and an AV Distinguished* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Brewer is particularly skilled at assisting affluent clients with planning in an effort to minimize estate taxation.

Ms. Brewer received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and later graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She returned to graduate school, obtaining a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1982, and in 2010, Ms. Brewer received her Master of Laws in Taxation at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Ms. Brewer is admitted to practice law before the state courts of California. She was elected to serve as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees (2015 - 2017), the governing body for all of California's 249,000 lawyers. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, an organization of preeminent estate planning professionals who assist families with international estate planning issues.  Ms. Brewer has provided instruction in the certified financial planner program and has taught estate planning at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 100% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1975, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.calprobate.com/about-janet

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Instructor, CFP (certified financial planner) program at UC – Santa Cruz
  • Estate planning, UCSC Certified Financial Planner certificate program
  • Avvo Rated, 10/10
  • "Northern California Super Lawyer", 2007-2020
Educational Background:
  • Golden Gate University, MBA, 1982
  • Golden Gate University Law School, LLM in Taxation, 2010
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • California certified estate planning and probate specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California State Bar Board of Trustees, Member (2015, 2016, and 2017), 2015
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section of the State Bar, California State Bar Board of Trustees, 2009
  • STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), Member
  • Colorado, 1975
  • California, 1977
Representative Clients:
  • Individuals having estates that are subject to estate tax.  Preparation of ILITs, IDGTs, SLATs, QDOTs, LLCs, and other sophisticated irrevocable trusts and estate planning tools to reduce or eliminate estate and gift taxes. , 2021

Office location for Janet L. Brewer

4 Main St
Suite 20
Los Altos, CA 94022

Phone: 866-629-3721


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

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