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estate planning attorney linda c roodhouseLinda C. Roodhouse

Attorney at Law

Oakland, California

Phone: (510) 452-2133

Email: Email Linda

Linda Roodhouse is a partner with Horton, West & Bowman LLP, an Oakland law firm. She specializes in estate planning and advising trustees and executors in the settlement of the estate of a deceased person.

Ms. Roodhouse advises married clients and single persons in the design of their estate plans. This includes, usually, the preparation of a revocable living trust, wills, powers of attorney, and documents required to avoid probate court when possible and reduce costs and taxes that would otherwise be due on the death of the client.

Ms. Roodhouse also advises trustees and executors in meeting their fiduciary duties to manage trusts for living beneficiaries and deceased ones: to pay expenses, including estate taxes and income taxes, to report to the beneficiaries of the estate concerning their management of the estate, and then to distribute the estate as directed by the terms of the trust document or the will.

Family dynamics will affect the effectiveness of an estate plan and whether a decedent’s estate can be settled without a court contest. Ms. Roodhouse works closely with her clients in developing information about family members at the beginning to design a plan that has the greatest potential for success in preserving family relationships. Ms. Roodhouse also works with successor trustees and executors to be accountable and open with the ultimate beneficiaries and to manage the estate prudently and efficiently.

Ms. Roodhouse is a specialist in estates, trusts and probate, certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She is also a founding member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers (EBTEL), a 300-member offshoot of the Alameda County Bar Association that specializes in networking and continuing education for attorneys interested in estates and trusts.

Ms. Roodhouse is a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017

Ms. Roodhouse was the City Attorney for the City of Orinda from 1995 to 2006. Before that, she was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Piedmont. Ms. Roodhouse attended law school as a single mother of a disabled child. In the late 60s and early 70s, Ms. Roodhouse taught English in high schools and junior colleges in Illinois and California.


JD University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law; MAT Northwestern University; BA Carleton College

Ms. Roodhouse also authored several references for other lawyers in her field:

CEB Drafting California Revocable Trusts, Ch. 21 “Funding the Trust”

CEB Action Guide: Funding a Revocable Trust