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About Our Firm

When he was forming The Dayton Law Firm, P.C., Richard Dayton drew upon his diverse background as a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former senior software engineer for IBM. The end result was an estate planning firm that emphasizes efficiency and technology to serve clients with estate planning and administration needs.

Richard launched the firm in 1998 after graduating with a law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2004, he became a certified estate planning specialist through The State Bar of California, a distinction few other lawyers have attained. He shares his understanding of estate planning matters as a popular public speaker for professional groups, nonprofit organizations and the general public.

To learn more about the attorney background, click on the profile link below.

Focused On Planning For Your Family’s Future

Our firm helps families plan their estates and administer estates once a loved one has passed. Our attorneys can help you:

  • Craft comprehensive estate plans
  • Draft standalone documents like wills, trusts, deeds and medical directives.
  • Create asset protection plans
  • Write a power of attorney document
  • Make your way through the probate process
  • Administer an estate as an executor or trustee

If you need estate litigation representation, you need to set up a guardianship or conservatorship, or you need to apply for government benefits, we can refer you to trusted legal partners who can assist you with these procedures.

Blending Compassion With Technological Efficiency

At the Dayton Law Firm, P.C., we believe that estate planning must accommodate the human and logistical parts of the process to provide successful results for clients. We work with estates of all sizes and treat each client with respect. Over the years, we have developed our own templates built into custom software so we can help you plan and administer your estate. Our approach emphasizes state compliance for California residents and property owners. We combine our special documents and techniques with industry standard practices and templates that have confirmed success in California. This allows us to handle your needs with understanding and efficiency.

Start A Conversation With Us About Your Estate Planning Needs

Our firm is located in San Jose and serves the entire Bay Area. We also serve clients throughout California. To set up a free initial appointment, call us at 408-758-5750 or use our online intake form.

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Driving a high-performance race car or riding a horse on the Desert Caballeros Trail may seem to have little to do with estate planning. For attorney Richard Dayton, they all involve looking ahead so you can protect your legacy while doing the things you enjoy.

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