Experienced Northern California Trusts Lawyer

Establishing a trust can have advantages for both you and your family. Trusts allow you to pass down your assets while protecting them from costly taxes and probate fees. It also gives your family a chance to access your assets before your death, if needed. When you come to John A. Runte, Attorney at Law, you receive quality legal service, backed by more than 39 years of experience in trust law.

Contact us if you want to schedule an appointment with an experienced and knowledgeable trust attorney.

Our firm provides estate-planning services tailored to your specific needs. We understand that our clients establish trusts for a variety of reasons. Some want to set up a trust for their children or grandchildren’s college funds. Others want to set money aside for a specific charity or other nonprofit agency. Mr. Runte will take the time to discuss the various trust options and advise you on one that best fits your needs for the future.

Various trust options include:

  • Living trusts, effective during your lifetime and can be altered according to your wishes
  • Family trusts, establish your family members as beneficiaries
  • Special needs trusts, allowing you to pass along money to a child or grandchild with special needs without compromising their Social Security eligibility
  • Irrevocable trusts, permanent trusts that cannot be changed or altered

If setting up a trust, you will need to appoint a trustee to administer the funds. The trustee can be your spouse, a family member, a friend or an institution such as a bank. Many people choose to appoint two trustees to ensure fair distribution of their assets. Our familiarity with the laws and experience handling trust issues is highly beneficial. We guide our clients through the process and help them appoint trustees who will ensure the trust is administered according to their wishes.

Contact us for more information regarding trusts and other estate planning services.


John A. Runte, Attorney at Law

713 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642

Ph: (209) 257-1898
Fax: 866-728-0163

525 J Street.
Suite A
Los Banos, CA 93635

Ph: (209) 827-6718
Fax: 866-728-0163