Judith Y. Tang

Judith is a Director and the Co-Vice Chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice group at Fennemore. She has over 25 years’ experience and breadth of knowledge providing comprehensive personalized estate planning and trust and estate administration services. She is one of very few Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization who speaks fluent Cantonese. She also speaks conversational Mandarin.

Judith counsels and assists clients in estate planning matters to protect loved ones and minimize tax consequences. She prepares wills, trusts, life insurance trusts, durable powers of attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, and related documents. She also represents trustees, executors, administrators, and beneficiaries in estate and trust administration. She is experienced in implementing estate plans, resolving creditor and tax issues, and administering the estate in accordance with the decedent’s wishes.

Judith was appointed to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Trusts and Estates section. She is an author and speaks on estate planning topics for the State Bar of California and the Continuing Education of the Bar. Judith is active in the Bay Area Chinese community and has been featured on Chinese radio and on TVB’s “Financial Magazine” television program. She was a board member of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce for nine years.

Education

  • J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly known as Hastings College of the Law)
  • B.S., high honors, University of California, Berkeley

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Thoughtful and careful preparation of estate plan documents is key to wealth preservation and transition. Proper implementation and diligent administration are equally critical.

Welcome to one of the largest and most sophisticated estate planning practices in the Southwest and California.

Our tax attorneys are committed to helping clients proactively structure their businesses, transactions, and estate plans in the most tax-efficient manner.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2005-present
  • Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2010-2023
  • Northern California Super Lawyers®, Top Women Attorneys, 2010-2023
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Judicial Extern to Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

ARTICLES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, “Trusts and Estates Career Panel and Lunch at UC Law San Francisco,” California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Executive Committee, March 27, 2024
  • Presenter, “Trusts and Estates Career Panel and Lunch at Berkeley Law,” California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Executive Committee, March 22, 2023
  • Update Author, “Drafting California Revocable Trusts, Chapter 21 – Funding the Trust,” Continuing Education of the Bar, 2020-2024
  • Contributing Author, “California Basic Practice Handbook,” Continuing Education of the Bar, 2012-2024
  • Presenter, “Transferring Real Property,” Continuing Education of the Bar, December 5, 2017
  • Presenter, “Tax Talk—Income and Estate Tax Issues Your Clients Need to Know,” East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers, September 15, 2017
  • Presenter, “Real Property Essentials for Estate Planning,” Continuing Education of the Bar, May 4, 2017
  • “Estate Planning and Wealth Transfers,” Sierra Pacific Financial Advisors, December 6, 2012
  • “Real Estate Basics for Estate Planners,” Continuing Education of the Bar, November 9, 2012
  • “Culturally Competent Trusts and Estates Practice,” State Bar’s Trust and Estates Section, October 13, 2012 and September 14, 2012
  • Wealth Transfer for Real Estate Investors,” Chinese-American Real Estate Association (CAREA), April 19, 2012
  • “Gifting and Estate Planning Opportunities in 2012,” Charles Schwab, Berkeley, January 11, 2012
  • “Estate Planning for Owners of Real Estate,” Red Oak Realty Client Program, November 7, 2011
  • Speaker, “Wills and Trusts,” Community Outreach Health Fair, Asian Cultural Center, October 6, 2011
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning Strategies for Passing on Real Estate,” Asian Real Estate Association of the East Bay, September 22, 2011
  • “Opportunities in Gifting and Real Estate,” Chinese American Real Estate Association, March 31, 2011
  • “Do I Need a Will?” Chinese Translation,” State Bar of California, 2003, 2010
  • “Do I Need Estate Planning?” Chinese Translation, State Bar of California, 2003, 2011
  • “Do I Need a Living Trust?” Chinese Translation, State Bar of California, 2003, 2011

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, California Lawyers Association
  • Member, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • President, Arioso Homeowner’s Association
  • Former Board of Director, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

Admissions

  • California

LANGUAGES

  • Cantonese Chinese (Fluent)
  • Mandarin Chinese (Conversational)