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The Law Office of Bruce Hudson Towne provides exceptional legal representation in the areas of estate planning, probate administration and litigation, trust administration and litigation, conservatorships, and financial elder abuse litigation for clients in Carmichael and throughout Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties. For further information on our areas of expertise, please see our practice area overview.

Our attorneys have five decades of collective legal experience, and practice exclusively in estate planning, probate, and trust law. Firm principal Bruce Hudson Towne is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a testament to our reputation in the legal community, many of our clients are referred to us by other attorneys, who know of our ability to craft creative solutions to complex problems.

At the Law Offices of Bruce Hudson Towne, we are committed to helping our clients improve their situation and providing them with peace of mind. We welcome your inquiry regarding your trust and estate matter. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact the Law Offices of Bruce Hudson Towne.

Practice Areas


The estate planning attorneys at the Law Office of Bruce Hudson Towne have substantial experience in providing the full breadth of estate planning, business succession and tax planning, trust administration and litigation, probate administration and litigation, conservatorship, and financial elder abuse representation. We represent clients in Carmichael and throughout Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties.

Estate Planning

Our attorneys understand that every client's situation is unique, and we take a personalized approach to estate planning, investing the time necessary to understand our client’s family dynamics, finances, and estate planning objectives. We carefully craft estate plans that accomplish our client’s goals while seeking to minimize or eliminate any transfer tax consequences and eliminate the necessity for probate administration. We take into consideration various contingencies, including the possibility of subsequent incapacity. Whether you are a single individual seeking to ensure that your assets will be distributed to your intended beneficiaries, or are part of a blended family arrangement and wish to protect the interests of your children from a prior marriage, we can prepare an estate plan customized to your needs. We assist clients with:

  • Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts, Formula Trusts, Disclaimer Trusts
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Directives for Health Care
  • Irrevocable Trusts, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Gifting Strategies

Probate Administration and Trust Administration

Our attorneys also have extensive experience in probate administration and trust administration, ranging from the administration of insolvent probate estates to the administration of large, complex estates involving federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax issues. We also assist clients with petitions to determine entitlement to distribution of a decedent’s estate and heirship.

Conservatorship Representation

In the event a person becomes incapacitated, and does not have estate planning documents in place designating who will manage their financial affairs or make decisions regarding their care, we can assist in obtaining the appointment of a conservator of the person and/or of the estate, and can advise the conservator of their fiduciary duties and obligations. We also assist proposed conservatees and their family members in objections to the appointment of a conservator.

Financial Elder Abuse

Our attorneys have significant experience in the area of financial elder abuse, and represent clients in cases involving allegations of an abuse of fiduciary power, abuse involving a power of attorney, fraud, misconduct or undue influence by persons in a position of trust or confidence, such as a caregiver or financial planner, or other instances of financial elder abuse. California has enacted laws substantially expanding the rights of financially exploited elders, allowing for the recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs, restitution, and punitive damages in a civil action for financial elder abuse.

Trust & Estate Litigation

Our attorneys represent clients in probate, trust, and conservatorship litigation matters before the Superior, Appellate and Supreme Courts of the State of California. We represent trustees, executors, administrators, conservators, beneficiaries and other parties in all manner of trust and estate disputes, including but not limited to:

  • Challenges to the validity or construction of a will (will contests), trust or other estate planning document
  • Allegations of fraud, coercion, undue influence or elder abuse
  • Allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty
  • Enforcing beneficiary rights
  • Creditors’ claims
  • Trust or estate accounting issues
  • Intra-family conflicts

We are committed to resolving conflicts in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible, often utilizing alternative dispute resolution methods including negotiation and mediation. When a matter cannot be settled, we are experienced litigators with an established track record of achieving successful results on behalf of our clients, and a reputation in the legal community for favorably resolving difficult and challenging cases.

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel

Trust and estate matters are complex and require the advice of experienced counsel. The attorneys at Law Offices of Bruce Hudson Towne have the knowledge and expertise to effectively represent clients in any trust and estate matter. For further information regarding our services, contact the Law Offices of Bruce Hudson Towne.

Attorney Profiles


Bruce Hudson Towne

As founder of the firm, attorney Bruce Hudson Towne concentrates his practice in a range of trust and estate matters, including estate planning, probate administration and litigation, trust administration and litigation, conservatorships, and financial elder abuse litigation.

Mr. Towne is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and is a member and Past President of the Sacramento County Bar Association Probate and Trust Section. His extensive community involvement also includes serving as a lecturer for the National Business Institute and as a member of the Christian Legal Society.

Mr. Towne earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California at Davis and his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific. Mr. Towne was admitted to the California State Bar in 1984.

Mr. Towne litigated the following cases which are reported as cited below:

  • House of Prayer: Renewal and Healing Center of Yuba City v. Evangelical Association for India, (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th, 7 Cal.Rptr.3d 24.
  • People v. Welch (1993) 5 Cal.4th 228, 19 Cal.rptr.2d 520, Cal., May 27, 1993 (NO So25387)
  • People v. Veiga (1989) 214 Cal.App.3d 817, 262 Cal.Rptr. 919, Cal.App. 5 Dist., October 11, 1989 (NO. F010691, F010836)
  • People v. McKinney, 187 Cal.App.3d 583, 231 Cal.Rptr. 729, Cal. App. 3 Dist., November 26, 1986 (NO. CRIM 14974)

Jane Casey

Associate

Jane Casey is an associate at the Law Offices of Bruce Hudson Towne. Ms. Casey is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California State Bar and was admitted to practice in California in 1986. Ms. Casey earned her Bachelor's of Arts from California State University at Sacramento and received her Law Degree from the McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific.

Rachel Fune

Legal Assistant

Associate’s Degree in Legal Assisting from American River College (2008)

13 years of experience as a legal secretary/paralegal

Notary Public

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