Virginia PalmerAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 BroadwayOakland, CA 94607
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Virginia is a partner in Wendel Rosen’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law and mediating matters in her practice area. She has particular expertise in estate planning for LGBT families, as well as representation of individual and professional fiduciaries in the administration of living trusts, conservatorships of the person and estate and decedents’ estates.

A frequent author and speaker on estate planning related issues, including LGBT estate planning, powers of attorney, estate planning in the context of dissolutions, and end of life decisions, she has presented before a wide variety of legal, professional and private organizations.

She is a former Certified Family Law specialist and mediates matters in her areas of expertise and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Lawyers.

Publications

Available Articles:

  • “Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law,” co-author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2011, 2013 and 2014
  • “California Domestic Partnerships,” co-author, Continuing Education of the Bar, Estate Planning chapter, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014
  • "California Basic Practice Handbook," contributing author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2012
  • “An Advocate’s Guide, Health Care Decision Making and the Right to Refuse Treatment,” author, 1993
  • “Durable Power of Attorney Handbook,” co-author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991
  • “Durable Power of Attorney Handbook,” co-author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990
  • “Chapter Five, California Elder Law,” author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990

 

Affiliations

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member

East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
  • Co-chair, Estate Planning Committee

Alameda County Bar Association: Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Section
  • Executive Committee, 2002–2007
  • Board of Directors, 1991-1992

Alameda County Superior Court ADR Administration Committee
  • Member

AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 1982 to present

Elder Law Committee for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • 2013 to 2015

Legal Assistance for Seniors, Alameda County
  • Former Director, Board of Directors, 1999 to 2005

National Academy of Elder Law Attorney
  • Member

New Directions
  • Vice President
  • Board of Directors
Presentations

Featured Presentations:

  • “Helping Your Clients Plan After Windsor & Prop 8 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions,” Marin County Women Lawyers, November 11, 2013
  • “Status and Legal Consequences of Same-Sex Marriages in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor,” The Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum, San Diego, October 24, 2013
  • “Same Sex Partners: Marriage, Estate Planning & Other Legal and Practical Issues After Windsor and Prop 8,” Alameda County Law Library, October 22, 2013
  • “Your Legal Rights,” KALW 97.1 FM public radio, San Francisco, July 31, 2013
  • "Estate Planning," presenter, Peralta Colleges Foundation, January 2012
  • “Family/Credit Shelter Trusts: Additional Reasons to Consider Retaining Assets in Trust,” presenter, Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council, November 2011
  • “Representing LGBT Clients: Not for the Faint of Heart,” presenter, 31st Annual Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum, October 2011
  • “Recent Developments in Same-Sex Marriage,” East Bay Estate Planning Council, presenter, October 2011
  • “Estate Planning for the Future: It Is Never Too Late,” presenter, Peralta College Foundation, October 2011
  • “Representing Blended Families,” co-panelist, East Bay Community Foundation, June 2011
  • “The End as You Know It — Death or Retirement,” co-panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, 35th Annual Symposium, May 2011
  • “Undue Influence and Incapacity: Ethical Dilemmas and Issues in Representing the Elderly,” presenter, Elder Financial Protection Network, 8th Annual National Summit, March 2011
  • “The Power of Gift Planning: How to Leave YOUR Legacy,” co-panelist, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, February 2011
  • “Approaching Bias: Issues in Representing LGBT Clients in Estate Planning,” presenter, Southern California Estate and Tax Forum, October 2010
  • “Crossover Issues in Estate Planning,” co-presenter, Continuing Education of the Bar, July 2010
  • “Issues in Representing the LGBT Community,” lecturer, California State Bar Estate and Gift Tax Committee Conference, March 2010
  • “Ethics, Morality and the Law,” keynote speaker, Professional Fiduciary Associa­tion of California Fall Conference, November 2009
  • “What Now? LGBT Trust and Estate Planning Issues in the Wake of California Supreme Court’s Decision in Strauss v. Horton Upholding Proposition 8,” lecturer, East Bay Estate Planning Council, November 2009

 

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Recognitions
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 - 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine list of Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012 - 2014
  • Woman of Distinction, East Bay Business Times, 2005
  • Honoree – “Strong, Smart & Bold,” Girl’s Inc., Alameda County, 2008