Liza Hanks

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Liza Hanks

Liza Hanks began writing Inheritance Law by Zip Code for Legal Consumer in 2016. 

Liza is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a mother of two children. She has been an estate planner since 2001, exclusively creating trusts and wills for families of all ages, as well as offering trust administration and probate services. Liza is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Administration & Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

She left a large Silicon Valley law firm in after the birth of her son to start a practice that makes a positive difference to children and families in 2001. Liza’s practice includes wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives, as well as trust administration and probate. Liza prides herself on making complex legal concepts clear through the use of graphics, examples, story telling and a sense of humor.

In addition to practicing estate planning law, she has written twobooks, Every Californian’s Guide to Estate Planning and The Trustee’s Legal Companion, all published by Nolo and available at

To find out more about Liza's online estate planning courses, go here.

She produces a podcast, Women & Wills, that aims to emower women to protect their loved ones and themselves.

She writes a blog, Women & Wills, to keep you up to date on estate planning issues.

Liza taught Estate Planning and Taxation at Santa Clara University Law School 2003-2006. She is a member of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto Bar Association, and the Kasner Symposium Planning Committee and the Planning Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Stanford University Office of Planned Giving’s Conference on Charitable Giving.

To make an appointment with Liza, or to learn more about her practice, visit

J.D., Stanford Law School, with Honors, 1996
B.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, with Honors
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of California
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section, Section Member
Silicon Valley Bar Association

Every Californian’s Guide to Estate Planning, Liza Hanks, Nolo
The Trustee’s Legal Companion, Carol Elias Zoll and Liza Hanks, Nolo

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Liza Hanks on Amazon

Liza Hanks on Nolo