Liza Hanks is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a mother of two children. She has been an estate planner since 2001, exclusively creating trusts and wills for families of all ages, as well as offering trust administration and probate services. Liza is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Administration & Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

She left a large Silicon Valley law firm in after the birth of her son to start a practice that makes a positive difference to children and families in 2001. Liza’s practice includes wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives, as well as trust administration and probate. Liza prides herself on making complex legal concepts clear through the use of graphics, examples, story telling and a sense of humor.

In addition to practicing estate planning law, she has written three books, Estate Planning for Busy Families, The Mom’s Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, and The Trustee’s Legal Companion, all published by Nolo and available at amazon.com.

She publishes two blogs:
Ask Liza: Everyday Estate Planning, where she answers questions from readers all over the country for Nolo and

Palo Alto Estate Planning, where she writes about topics that come up in her everyday law practice.

In June, 2017, her podcast, Life/Death/Law will be available on itunes and soundcloud, where Liza will answer questions from listeners, interview experts related to those answers, and explore the interesting intersection of life, death, and law (otherwise known as estate planning).

Liza taught Estate Planning and Taxation at Santa Clara University Law School 2003-2006. She is a member of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto Bar Association, and the Kasner Symposium Planning Committee and the Planning Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Stanford University Office of Planned Giving’s Conference on Charitable Giving.

J.D., Stanford Law School, with Honors, 1996
B.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, with Honors
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeCalifornia
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of California
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section, Section Member
Silicon Valley Bar Association

Everyday Estate Planning, Liza Hanks’ Blog
Estate Planning for Busy Families, Liza Hanks, Nolo, May 2007, ed. 1
The Mom’s Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, Liza Hanks, Nolo, October 2009, ed. 1
The Trustee’s Legal Companion, Carol Elias Zoll and Liza Hanks, Nolo, April 2010, ed. 1