Trusts and Estates

Season 3, Episode 3: Legislative Advocacy by the Trusts and Estates Section

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Trust and estate lawyers have a keen interest in state legislation.  The California Lawyers Association gives them a voice in Sacramento.  When conservatorships became a hot topic in the Legislature, the Trusts and Estates Section of CLA was there to provide real-world input from experienced practitioners.  The Section regularly sponsors bills to advance the fairness and efficiency of California law.  Get the inside scoop from Saul Bercovitch, who leads CLA’s advocacy efforts, and Mary deLeo, Chair of the Section’s Executive Committee.  They discuss recent legislative initiatives, peer into a crystal ball regarding the future of electronic wills in California, and explain how lawyers can participate in the Section’s advocacy.

About Our Guests:

Saul Bercovitch is the Associate Executive Director for Governmental Affairs of the California Lawyers Association.  He joined CLA in 2018, shortly after it was established.  Saul previously worked for the State Bar of California, as Legislative Counsel and as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel.  He also practiced civil litigation for over a decade.  He can be reached at

Mary deLeo is a Shareholder at Weintraub Tobin in Sacramento.  Her practice focuses on trust and estate litigation, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, fiduciary representation, special needs trust administration, and planning for incapacity.  Mary is the current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association (Texcom).  She can be reached at 

About Our Host:

Jeffrey Galvin is a partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento.  He litigates trust and estate disputes across Northern California.  Jeff created and edits the blog Trust on Trial, which covers California trust and estate litigation.  He is also a member of Texcom.  He may be reached at

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Trust Me is Produced by Foley Marra Studios
Edited by Todd Gajdusek

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