The Law Offices of
F. Michael Hanson 

Elder Law, Nursing Home Asset Protection Planning 
Nursing Home Medi-Cal Eligibility and Benefits Planning
 Medi-Cal Lien Avoidance, Special Needs Trust Planning
Protective Living Trust Estate Planning
(925) 973-0969

Protective Living Trust Estate Planning and Nursing Home Asset Preservation Planning for California Residents
F. Michael Hanson

F. Michael Hanson (Frederick Michael Hanson, Jr.; California State Bar No. 71106) was raised in Walnut Creek, California. He attended undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1972.

He attended law school at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and graduated in May, 1976. He was a member of the Traynor Society, the scholastic organization at the McGeorge School of Law.  He passed the California State Bar exam in July, 1976, and was admitted to the California State Bar in December, 1976.  He is also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Hanson worked as an associate for two law firms in Walnut Creek between 1976 and 1987, then established his own practice in May, 1987.   Although his first eleven years of practice involved a considerable amount of work  in estate planning, he converted his practice to estate planning alone in 1989 and added elder law, nursing home asset protection, Medi-Cal eligibility and public benefits planning to his practice in early 1990.

Between 1992 and 2002 Mr. Hanson maintained offices in both Walnut Creek and Fairfield, serving the needs of many estate planning and elder/disabled clients, and their families, in Contra Costa County and Alameda, Solano,  Yolo, Sonoma, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, and many other Bay Area Counties.  He now maintains a single office in San Ramon, California, where his practice continues its focus on elder law estate planning, nursing home asset protection planning, nursing home Medi-Cal eligibility planning, Medi-Cal recovery avoidance and related Medi-Cal estate claim issues, special needs trusts, protective living trust estate planning, and trust administration.  He has thousands of clients throughout the bay area, and continues to assist clients and their families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in many adjacent counties as well.

Mr. Hanson is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California.  Over the years he has presented numerous seminars, lectures and instruction in estate planning, nursing home asset protection planning, and Medi-Cal planning in various locations in the Contra Costa, Solano, and Yolo County areas.  Mr. Hanson's clients describe him as friendly, easy to talk to, "very knowledgeable, but who describes things in a manner easy to understand", "careful", "thorough", "not your typical lawyer" (whatever that means), "humorous", "makes you feel comfortable and not intimidated", "worries about his clients", "does not act like a salesman", "does not charge for every little thing".

Although Mr. Hanson endeavors (as set forth in his estate planning documents and in his practice) to assist his clients in avoiding nursing home care, in those circumstances where nursing home care has become a medical necessity, he has managed, over the years, to save his clients and clients' families literally millions of dollars in assets, and has protected client estates from Medi-Cal "liens" and estate claims, unnecessary income taxes, property taxes, and legal expenses in the process.


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