Janet Brewer has practiced California estate, gift-planning, and probate law exclusively since 1991. She is certified as an estate planning and probate specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, one of fewer than 150 practicing in Santa Clara County and fewer than 5,000 practicing in California (out of almost 200,000 lawyers statewide).
Ms. Brewer specializes in preparing wills and revocable living trusts, administering estates and trusts, probating estates, forming family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and establishing a wide variety of tax-sensitive trusts – including children's trusts, charitable trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. She also prepares estate tax returns for decedents whose estates have more than $5,000,000 of assets.
Ms. Brewer has served as an Instructor in the CFP (certified financial planner) program at UC – Santa Cruz and has taught estate planning for the UCSC Certified Financial Planner certificate program.
Prior to founding her estate-planning practice, Ms. Brewer worked as a corporate attorney for a number of firms, including Corvus Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Hills Bros. Coffee, and Telebit Corporation. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Law School in 1975 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1977. She earned her MBA degree from Golden Gate University in 1982 and her Masters of Laws in Taxation (LLM - Tax) from GGU Law School in 2010.
The California State Bar Board of Governors recently appointed Ms. Brewer to a 3 year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section. She enjoys a rating of "Superb" (10/10) on Avvo.com and has been designated as a "Northern California SuperLawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
California State Bar - 1975
Colorado State Bar -1977
University of Denver Law School
Golden Gate University
Honors and Awards
Designated as a "Northern California SuperLawyer" in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. "Superb" rating on Avvo.com