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Liza Hanks

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2570 W El Camino Real #400
Mountain View, California 94040

Liza Hanks is a graduate of Stanford Law School (1996) and a mother of two children. She has been an estate planner since 2001, exclusively creating trusts and wills for families of all ages, as well as offering trust administration and probate services. Liza is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Administration & Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

She left a large Silicon Valley law firm in 2001 (after the birth of her son) to start a practice that makes a positive difference to children and families. 

In addition to practicing estate planning law, she has written three books, Estate Planning for Busy Families, The Mom's Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, and The Trustee's Legal Companion, all published by Nolo and available at amazon.com. She taught Estate Planning and Taxation at Santa Clara University Law School 2003-2006.

She is a member of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto Bar Association, and the Kasner Symposium Planning Committee and the Planning Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Stanford University Office of Planned Giving's Conference on Charitable Giving.


J.D., Stanford Law School, with Honors, 1996

B.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, with Honors

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of California
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section, Section Member

Silicon Valley Bar Association


Everyday Estate Planning, Liza Hanks' Blog

Estate Planning for Busy Families, Liza Hanks, Nolo, May 2007, ed. 1

The Mom's Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, Liza Hanks, Nolo, October 2009, ed. 1

The Trustee's Legal Companion, Carol Elias Zoll and Liza Hanks, Nolo, April 2010, ed. 1