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Howard E. Kane

Howard E. Kane

UC San Francisco School of Law 32+ Years Exp. Probate Admin/Real Estate Sales
  • Probate, Real Estate Law
  • California
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I began practicing law in 1990. Prior to beginning my career, I attended UCLA from 1983-1987 with a B.A. in History. I then attended the University of California College of the Law San Francisco from 1987 to 1990. I have also been a licensed California real estate broker since 1996.

My main practice areas include probate and trust administration, and full-service real estate attorney and broker services. I have brokered hundreds of real estate transactions throughout the Bay Area since 1996.

Call me for a free consultation at 510.292.0193. If you prefer to text to set up a consultation, my cell number is 510.853.1331. My email is

University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
J.D. (1990) | Law
Activities: Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1987) | History
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Professional Experience
Real Estate Broker
H.E. Kane & Co.
- Current
Law Office of Howard E. Kane
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Judicial Extern to Hon. David V. Kenyon
United States District Court, Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker - Credential ID DRE No. 01206186
California Department of Real Estate
UCLA Alumni Merit Scholar
UCLA Alumni Association
Professional Associations
Contra Costa County Bar Association
Member Probate Section
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Alameda County Bar Association
Member Probate Section
- Current
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California State Bar  # 151711
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Probate Administration
    Real Estate Law
    Residential Real Estate
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Successor Trustee/Fiduciary Duties for a Home in Need of Renovation but No Liquid Cash in the Estate?
A: Hello. I am a probate attorney and licensed real estate broker. Oftentimes realtors can obtain financing through their company to handle renovations. I recommend calling around to local companies to see who may be able to assist with financing the repairs and renovations.
Q. Using the state provided DE-121 PDF form, I can't get all the AKAs in the "Estate of" box. The judge said fix it. How?
A: I recommend using free online pdf editing software such as DocHub. This will allow you to change the font and crunch all of the aka names in. Good luck with this.
Q. My father recently died. He and my stepmother and are the settlors of their revocable trust. Am I, as his child,
A: Under California law (Probate Code section 16061.7) every trust beneficiary, and every heir-at-law of the decedent, is entitled to receive a copy of the trust document. However, the beneficiaries only have the right to obtain a copy of the trust when their rights have vested. The beneficiary’s rights vest when the trust becomes irrevocable, which is usually upon the death of the grantors (persons who created the trust). The trustee is not required to provide a copy of the trust to a beneficiary if the trust is revocable. Should the trustee refuse to provide a copy, a petition can be filed with the probate court. The rights of a beneficiary vest in a trust when it becomes irrevocable. For most revocable trusts, the trust becomes irrevocable when the creator of the trust passes away. Before the death of the grantors, trust documents can be revised at any time. This includes changing the beneficiaries or what they are entitled to receive. As such, the beneficiaries have no assurance that they are beneficiaries permanently. Therefore, they have no right to view a copy of the declaration. When the trust creators pass away, the terms of the trust can no longer be amended (changed). Since the trust terms have become irrevocable, the beneficiaries now have a vested interest in the trust property. Once the interest of the beneficiaries has vested, they have a right to receive a copy of the trust instrument under California trust law. ... Read More
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Law Office of Howard E. Kane
Jack London Square
66 Franklin Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone: (510) 292-0193
Cell: (510) 853-1331
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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