Attorney Profile

Leslie E. Finnegan Download vCard

Areas of Emphasis
Estate Planning 
Probate and Trust Administration
Conservatorships
Litigation
 
Bar Admissions
California
U.S. District Court
Northern District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Practice Emphasis
Ms. Finnegan has over 28 years of experience, and is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in probate, estate planning and trust law. She drafts comprehensive estate plans for individuals and couples, and works with the firm's business attorneys on coordinated business succession planning. She handles all aspects of post-death estate administration, and represents both conservators and conservatees (via court appointment) in conservatorship matters. Ms. Finnegan holds the highest rating, "AV", from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Finnegan is also an experienced civil and probate litigator, representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries. She advises personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries on how to avoid litigation. She handles all aspects of estate, trust and elder law litigation, and specializes in crafting global resolutions for complex estate and trust disputes through creative negotiation and mediation.
 
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of California
  • Monterey County Bar Association  
  • American Bar Association
  • Monterey Women Lawyers Association
 
Education
JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1988
BA, Psychology, University of Delaware, 1983. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
 
Community Service Activities
Ms. Finnegan has performed community service with schools and non-profit agencies in San Francisco and Monterey Counties.  She served on the Iyengar Institute Board of Directors for five years and the San Carlos School PTO Board for eight years.  She served as Treasurer for the Monterey County Bar Association for two years, and she is the current Chair of the Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section.  In addition, Ms. Finnegan is currently serving on the Boards of Harmony At Home, Legal Services for Seniors and the Carmel Foundation.
 
Other Experience Highlights
Before moving to Monterey County and joining Noland Hamerly, Ms. Finnegan practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for 13 years. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate and trust litigation, and elder abuse.