Palmer, Virginia

Virginia Palmer
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
vpalmer@wendel.com

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law; J.D.

California State University, San Francisco; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

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Virginia is a partner in Wendel Rosen’s Trusts and Estates practice group. Compassionate and pragmatic, she guides clients in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and elder law matters. She is a skilled mediator, writes and speaks on a range of estate planning related topics, and is experienced in estate planning for LGBTQ families.

Trusts and Estates

Virginia advises clients on wealth preservation and estate planning, prepares estate planning documentation, including revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance healthcare directives, and assists with advanced estate planning and irrevocable trusts. She guides clients on planning for disability, incapacity and end-of-life issues.

She has particular experience in estate planning for LGBTQ 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. As a former estates and trusts litigator, Virginia advises and consults with clients and colleagues about litigation matters.

Leadership and Experience

A frequent author and speaker on estate planning related issues, including LGBTQ estate planning, powers of attorney, estate planning in the context of dissolutions, and end of life decisions, Virginia has presented before a wide variety of legal, professional and private organizations. She is a former Certified Family Law specialist, mediates matters in her areas of expertise and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Lawyers.

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

  • Fellow
  • Elder Law Committee, 2013 – 2019

East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers

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

AIDS Legal Referral Panel

  • 1982 – present

Legal Assistance for Seniors, Alameda County

  • Former Director, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2005

New Directions

  • Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 – 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine list of Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012 – 2019
  • Honoree – “Strong, Smart & Bold,” Girl’s Inc., Alameda County, 2008
  • Woman of Distinction, East Bay Business Times, 2005

Events

Gen Silent Movie Screening and Discussion: Discrimination and LGBT Elder Care

Gen Silent Movie Screening and Discussion: Discrimination and LGBT Elder Care

06/13/2012 | East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers

Wendel Rosen Trusts & Estates attorney Virginia Palmer, will be part of East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers 2012 Spring Symposium on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland….

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Cross-Over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law

Cross-Over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law

10/18/2012 | Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Annual Forum

Wendel Rosen estate planning attorney Virginia Palmer presented “Cross-Over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law,” and “Ten Key Issues in Representing LGBT Clients,” at the Southern California Tax and…

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Estate Plan Drafting: Same-Sex Couples

Estate Plan Drafting: Same-Sex Couples

02/15/2013 | Continuing Education of the Bar

Wendel Rosen estate planning attorney Virginia Palmer will give two co-presentations of "Estate Plan Drafting: Same-Sex Couples," sponsored by the Continuing Education of the Bar California (CEB).  The first presentation is on Monday, February…

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Date Category Host Title
03/18/2016 Seminar Sterling Education Services The Family Law Practitioner & Same-Sex Marriage Issues
11/06/2019 Seminar Fremont Bank Bias, Ethics and Substance Abuse
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News

Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/10/2018

OAKLAND, Calif., July 10, 2018 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP announces that 26 attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers, including two…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08/19/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Partner Michael Dean Named “Best Lawyer” for 37th Consecutive Year Wendel Rosen LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green,…

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Education

Golden Gate University School of Law; J.D.

California State University, San Francisco; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California