Jennifer E. S. Martin ~ LLP Estate and Family Law Practice
Jennifer Martin is a partner at Jarratt Martin Law, LLP, an estate planning, mediation and family law firm in Pleasanton. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration and probate court litigation, including conservatorships. Ms. Martin is a member of the family law and estate planning sections of the Alameda County Bar Association, as well as a member of East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers. She is also the co-chair for the Contra Costa County High School Moot Court competition. Ms. Martin attended Rutgers School of Law – Camden, graduating magna cum laude, and also has a B.A. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to opening her own firm, Ms. Martin clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo (ret.), a Presiding Judge in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. She is admitted to practice law in California, as well as in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Estate Planning Fails:
A fun and interesting review of famous people who died with inadequate estate planning. Beneath the glam is the reality that the same problems that face the rich and famous face, everyone. The examples used show how failing to properly plan your estate can cause strife between your family members, deny money to persons that you love (such as a boyfriend or girlfriend or your spouse), and destroy the business that you worked so hard to build. This talk is great because it is entertaining and educational and allows the audience to see they are not alone in having inadequate estate plans.
Estate Planning for Small Business Owners:
When you own your own business, you are constantly making plans: for growth, attracting clients, and for building your brand. But do you have a plan for how your business will survive if you aren’t there to do the work? Business owners face unique estate planning challenges as they consider how both their families and their businesses can be protected after death. Ms. Martin will discuss how business owners can protect their hard work and investment and ensure that their business survives incapacity or death, as well as what red flags they should be looking for when planning for business succession.
How to Create your Health Care Directives:
This self-help talk teaches the audience how to prepare their own Health Care Directive so that if the individual ever becomes unable to make decisions for his or herself, a designated agent will be identified to make decisions for the individual. A health care directive is more than just appointing someone to make decisions for you. It is also your way of helping your agent know what kind of health care treatments you are comfortable with and how you would like your agent to act in certain situations. This talk empowers the audience by showing them how to make an advanced health care directive on their own. The audience also learns that estate planning is so much more than just passing property upon your death.
PARTIAL LIST OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
- Rotary Clubs (5170) Alameda, Dublin, San Leandro, Fremont, El Cerrito, Alamo
- Tri-Cities Marketing Council
- Contra Costa Real Estate in Motion
- Successful Thinkers Network/Alameda Chamber of Commerce
- IAW Walnut Creek
- STN Alameda Chamber
- Oakland/Berkeley Assoc of Realtors
- Security Pacific Real Estate
- Alliance Bay Realty
- SIR Branch 171 Lamorinda (Moraga)
- STN (Alameda Chamber/East Bay)
“Jennifer provided a very informative talk on common mistakes people make in their estate planning. I gleaned very valuable tips that I plan to implement immediately. I would recommend Jennifer as a speaker to any group of persons who are interested in facilitating a smooth transition of their assets to their heirs while minimizing their tax liability.”
~ John Wallace, President, Campbell Rotary Club
“Jennifer gave our Rotarians some excellent insight into small family business succession and legal issues that people need to be aware of. Many of our members commented on how helpful her suggestions were because many of them are small business owners.”
~ David Behring, Program Chair, Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary Club