Gina L. Lera
Gina Lera is recognized as a leading authority in wealth planning, representing individuals in all areas of basic and advanced estate planning. Gina is well versed in all related estate, gift, generation skipping, and income tax planning issues as well as specialized high net worth planning. She believes the art of estate planning is crafting a plan which truly meets a client’s objectives while being technically efficient and effective. Gina’s strength is assisting clients in defining their estate planning objectives and providing practical, thoughtful and sensitive planning options to meet those objectives. When matters are not easily resolved, Gina has substantial experience with estate and trust litigation. Gina is a fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California of Legal Specialization.
Basic and advanced estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, simple and sophisticated irrevocable trusts, entity formation, business succession planning and charitable planning, including all related estate, gift and income tax planning issues and specialized high net worth planning.
Estate and Trust Administration
Estate and trust administration, including probates, summary probate procedures, other probate court proceedings relating to estate and trusts, property allocation agreements, fiduciary and beneficiary representation, accountings, qualified disclaimers, guardianships, conservatorships, special needs trusts with related court proceedings, marital agreements, spousal property characterization and preparation and review of estate and gift tax returns including audit representation.
Estate and trust litigation, including will and trust contests, contested Probate Code 850 and 17200 petitions, beneficiary/trustee disputes, accounting issues, settlement agreements, discovery, mediation and other contest probate proceedings.
Professional & Community Service
- Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Board Member and Technical Advisor, Capital Region Family Business Center
- Chair (Former), Trusts and Estates Section (TEXCOM), State Bar of California
- Executive Committee Member, California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section.
- President (Former), Sacramento Estate Planning Council
- Chair (Former), Estate and Gift Tax Sub-Committee, Taxation Section, State Bar of California
- Chair (Former), Estate Planning and Probate Section, Sacramento County Bar Association
- Instructor (Former), Certified Financial Planning Program (Estate Planning), University of California, Davis
- Adjunct Professor (Former) in Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- Frequently lectures for many professional groups consisting of attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, and other estate planning professionals, as well as the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the California State Bar Taxation Section, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Financial Planning Association, and the Legal Secretaries Association
Education and Honors
- J.D., with distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, 1995
- B.A., California State University, Sacramento, Dean’s Honor Roll, 1992
- Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
- AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers 2012 – 2023
- Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers 2015 – 2023
- Top 50 Women Northern California Super Lawyers 2015 – 2023
- Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyers 2015 – 2023
- Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar 2013 – 2019