Rebecca A. Gardner

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REBECCA A. GARDNER has extensive experience assisting clients in wealth transfer, business and tax planning, and contested matters involving trust and estates. Rebecca's practice focuses on general and complex estate planning, post-death trust and probate administrationbusiness planning, and art law.

While in law school, Rebecca clerked for the California Attorney General (Public Rights Division), the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and the Republican Assembly Caucus Office of Redistricting. Rebecca also served as managing editor of the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy and earned a King Hall Pro Bono Certificate.

Previously with McDonough Holland & Allen PC, Rebecca's notable achievements include:

  • establishment of a charitable remainder trust to hold a client's extensive art collection;
  • obtaining court approval to dissolve a trust that resulted from elder financial abuse;
  • petitioning the court for substituted judgment to establish a joint estate plan for a couple after the wife was deemed to lack capacity due to mental illness; and
  • representing a family in goal-setting following receipt of substantial inheritance assets.

A past winner of the State Hornet Rookie Sports Reporter of the Year Award for her coverage of the Sac State football team, Rebecca still enjoys writing. She has authored a number of professional publications including “The Death of the California Compassionate Choices Act: Will Californians Ever Receive the Right to Die?” California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Summer 2008 and enjoys educating groups on topics ranging from basic estate planning to legal writing and art law. Rebecca also serves as a part-time faculty member at CSU Sacramento.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, camping, planning her Halloween costumes, and traveling. An avid baseball fan with a special affinity for the San Diego Padres, Rebecca also enjoys visiting various ballparks throughout the country and has been to nearly two dozen ballparks to date.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
California State Bar Association
 
Sacramento Estate Planning Council
 
United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California, Planned Giving Committee
 
Crocker Art Museum, Planned Giving Committee
 
Special Needs Trust Study Group
 
Sacramento State Alumni Association, Immediate Past President
 
Girl Scouts of the USA, Lifetime Member
 
EDUCATION:
J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law
 
Scholar, National University Ireland, Galway Irish Centre for Human Rights
 
B.A., Government-Journalism/Humanities, California State University, Sacramento, Summa Cum Laude

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