Business Estate & Tax Attorneys, P.C.

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At Business Estate & Tax Attorneys, P.C., we put clients first.  We understand you are the hero in your story. We’re here to help you maneuver the legal obstacles of business, estates and taxes.

There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution for defending the transfer of wealth. So, before we design a plan for you, we get to know your personal, financial, and professional needs.  That way we can offer answers to questions that demand cost efficient, timely and nuanced solutions.  We believe every client is unique.  No matter how many times we’ve seen an issue like yours, there are bound to be some differences.  So your business, estate or tax matter deserves our undivided attention, focused time, efficient management and always our mightiest shield.

Before you retain us, we meet with you for an initial case assessment so we both can decide if we’re right for one another. We believe every client deserves the right lawyer, and sometimes that’s not us.  If that’s the case, we’ll tell you and refer you to a law firm better suited for your needs.  If we’re lucky enough to meet you, we’d love to show you how we will achieve your case and cost objectives and describe our plan to get you the best results.

MEET LEIGHTON

Leighton A. Burrey

ATTORNEY AT LAW

Before he ever entered a courtroom or drafted an estate plan, Leighton experienced what it was like to be a U.S. Marine. Leighton learned many tough lessons in the Marine Corps and developed an interest in law after achieving the rank of captain. His interest in law persisted after leaving the Marine Corps which led him to the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

While attending law school, Leighton developed an interest in techniques to defend the transfer of wealth. He interned for a federal judge, clerked for an outstanding lawyer who focused on trusts and estates, and concentrated his legal studies in business law and tax law. After graduating, he worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Marshal Whitley at the Superior Court in Alameda County. Leighton obtained a firm grounding in all of the major areas of federal taxation when went on to obtain a Master in Laws (Taxation) at Golden Gate University School of Law. The application of trust, estate, and tax law to individuals and businesses shifted into high gear when he went on to work for an international tax firm representing private clients and ultimately joining a trusts and estates practice at a boutique law firm.

Today, Leighton’s interest in using techniques to defend the transfer of wealth still exists. However, he now recognizes his integrated trust, estate, and tax experience can provide him with valuable strengths that can be strategically leveraged to help clients.

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University of California, Davis, B.A., 2001

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2010

Golden Gate University School of Law, LLM in Taxation, 2013

EDUCATION

BAR ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California (302950)

United States Tax Court

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

PUBLICATIONS

California Trust Practice, Assistant Editor

Matthew Bender; 2017, 2018, 2019 edition

California Wills & Trusts Forms Vol. 1-3, Assistant Editor

Matthew Bender; 2017, 2018, 2019 edition

California Wills & Trusts; Vol. 1-3, Assistant Editor

Matthew Bender; 2017, 2018, 2019 edition

Client’s Guide to Administering the California Trust, Assistant Editor

Matthew Bender; 2017, 2018, 2019 edition

“What’s Your Priority”

Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, September 2017

“Spendthrift Clauses” California Will Drafting Update Author

Chapter 27, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2016 edition

“Transfer of Assets and Discharge of Personal Representative,” Decedent Estate Practice, Update Author

Chapter 32, Continuing Education of the Bar; 2017, 2018, 2019 edition