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Firm History

Serving Clients in Oakland, California, Since 1948

In 1948, George W. Phillips, Jr. and Spurgeon (“Sparky”) Avakian founded the firm. Both George and Sparky went on to serve for decades on the Alameda County Superior Court. In 1951, J. Richard (“Dick”) Johnston joined the firm, where he practiced for 49 years until he retired. Neil Horton, a highly regarded leader in the California trusts and estates bar, joined the firm in 1964. Since joining the firm in 2002, Carolyn West’s practice has focused on estate planning, trust and probate administration, and conservatorships.

Neil and Carolyn oversee a staff of associates who have superior professional skills and talents.

A Deep Knowledge Of All Practice Areas

Families and individuals seek our legal help and representation for estate planning, trust litigation, and probate administration becuase of our deep knowledge of all practice areas. Our experienced and compassionate Oakland, California, estate planning attorneys understand the complex and often stressful situations you are facing. We provide a comprehensive range of services to protect your interests, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome.

Contact Horton, West & Bowman LLP today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients with estate, probate and trust related legal matters throughout the Northern California East Bay Area. Fill out our online form or call (510) 452-2133.

Experience and Personal Attention From Attorneys Who Care

Working with a small law firm ensures that you do not get passed off to paralegals. You will work directly with our experienced attorneys and get the attention you deserve. Our law firm helps Northern California Clients protect their families, businesses, and beneficiaries with:

An Honest and Compassionate Advocate Providing Personal Attention

Whatever your estate planning needs, our law firm is here to help. Our legal team has helped a significant number of clients in matters of estate planning, and probate law here in Northern California. Our firm treats all of our clients with courtesy and integrity, and strives to provide realistic advice that achieves the best possible results.

We understand that no two clients will have the same legal objectives. Our law firm focuses on customized solutions for each client. We have a convenient office location in Alameda County in order to help with legal matters throughout the East Bay Area, and we are able to offer the personalized attention and responsiveness you expect, with the high-caliber representation that you need for best outcomes.

Contact our Oakland Law Office Today to Schedule a Consultation

For all of your estate planning and probate objectives, Horton, West & Bowman LLP offers the customized solutions you need and the friendly and personal service you deserve. Contact our Oakland estate planning and probate attorney at (510) 452-2133, or fill out our online form to schedule a initial consultation today!