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BRETT BJORNSON

Mr. Bjornson has an intuitive ability to see and resolve client problems from the onset.  With his tax, forensic and legal background, Mr. Bjornson advances his clients to a resolution in the most expedient and cost-effective manner. 

Mr. Brett A. Bjornson is a California Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  Mr. Bjornson’s areas of expertise include trust and estate litigation, elder abuse, estate planning, trust administration and probate matters. His highly unique “trifecta” of qualifications includes a Jurist Doctorate, a CPA designation (inactive), and a Master of Science degree in Federal Income Taxation, which allows for Mr. Bjornson to quickly pinpoint and quantify the reality of each client’s situation.

Trust and Estate Litigation

Mr. Bjornson rights wrongs.  Mr. Bjornson has handled a vast array of matters covering litigious trust administrations, probate litigation and the related complex tax and economic issues. Adhering to the highest standards of performance, discretion and integrity, Mr. Bjornson is effective at guiding client’s to the end result.  His multidisciplinary background allows him to disentangle the most challenging and complex financial transactions, even with flawed and/or incomplete data.

Estate Planning Services

Mr. Bjornson is adept at providing comprehensive and sophisticated estate planning services that emphasize personalized attention.  From drafting simple wills and trusts to formulating complex, customized estate plans, the Mr. Bjornson combines unparalleled technical expertise in all aspects of estate planning with exceptional compassion and sensitivity to delicate family dynamics. Mr. Bjornson works with his clients to continually protect and preserve their hard-earned assets over time, as economic and personal circumstances shift.

Mr. Bjornson is experienced in dealing with high net worth individuals and the implementation of GRATs, QPRTs, CRTs, CLATs, IDGTs and family entities.

Trust Administration and Probates

Trust administration, as is probate, is the business of transferring title, paying taxes and distributing a trust or probate estate.  A properly constructed estate plan should allow for relative ease of administration.  A poorly constructed estate plan results in probate, public disclosure and expensive legal fees.  Mr. Bjornson attempts to minimize legal fees putting into place estate plans with particular efforts in reducing legal work.  Mr. Bjornson is an attorney that likes to work himself out of a job.

Community Involvement

·         Current President of the Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades

·         Former Chairman of the Planned Giving Council of the Lucile Salter              Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Past

·         Board of Managers of the Palo Alto YMCA. 

·         Past Board Member of the Peninsula Chapter of CSCPAs

·         Former Chairman of the Estate Planning Group of the CPA/BAR                    Alliance of Palo Alto, CA.

Mr. Bjornson is admitted to the California State Bar and to practice in U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Santa Monica Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an accounting option from California State University at Hayward (1981) and a Master of Science in Federal Income Taxation from California State University at Hayward (1987). Mr. Bjornson received his Juris Doctor from the Southwestern University School of Law in 2004.  He is a resident of our Santa Monica office.

Santa Monica Office
310-656-8000
bjornson@gormanmiller.com