About

About

Who We Are

East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers (“EBTEL”) is an independent California nonprofit founded in 2010 by former leaders of the Alameda County Trusts and Estates Bar.

EBTEL is dedicated to creating and sustaining educational and social opportunities for lawyers and other professionals practicing or working in the field of trust and probate law through our various programs, which include:

  • Eighteen hours annually of MCLE credits via monthly “brown bag” meetings sponsored by our three practice committees (Elder Law Conservatorships & Guardianships; Estate Planning & Administration; and Litigation & Mediation) on a rotating basis.
  • Annual Spring Symposium, held in May.  This symposium typically provides 3.5 MCLE credit hours with a hosted reception allowing members the opportunity to socialize and network.
  • Annual Luncheon, held in November.
  • Annual one-day “boot camp” seminar for practitioners covering subjects such as estate planning, probate, conservatorships, and trust administration.

We also support and assist East Bay probate courts and our members by acting as a liaison between them to facilitate the exchange of information, such as policies, procedures, and issues affecting the practice of trusts and estates laws.  We also provide financial and general support to East Bay based nonprofit organizations that promote and provide trust and probate legal services to the public.

Membership

EBTEL membership is open to all members of the State Bar of California. Legal assistants, law students, and non-attorney professionals are eligible for associate membership in EBTEL

Interested in becoming a member? Join EBTEL today.

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Officers & Committees

2019 OFFICERS

 

Kirsten Voyles

PRESIDENT

Kirsten Voyles

 

David Little

VICE PRESIDENT

David Little

Ryan J. Szczepanik

SECRETARY

Ryan J. Szczepanik

Kevin Rodriguez

TREASURER

Kevin Rodriguez

2019 COMMITTEES
Estate Planning/Administration Committee
CHAIR

Jeff Tachiki

VICE-CHAIR

Alex Ayoub

Litigation and Mediation Committee

CHAIR

Heather Hoekstra

Jodi Phillips

VICE-CHAIR

Jodi Phillips

Elder Law, Guardianships, and Conservatorships
Alex Chen

CHAIR

Alex Chen

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VICE-CHAIR

Susanne Cohen

Conference of California Bar Associations

 

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DELEGATE

Paul Epstein

Kristen Boney

DELEGATE

Kristen Boney

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DELEGATE

Julie Woods

Ryan J. Szczepanik

DELEGATE

Ryan Szczepanik