Melinda Barker is a partner in the law firm’s Estates, Trust & Tax Planning practice and is primarily located in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Melinda also frequently works out of the San Francisco and Sacramento offices.
As a certified specialist in the State of California in the area of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate, Melinda advises high net worth clients on all matters related to transmitting wealth from one generation to the next in a manner that minimizes death taxes and emphasizes the personal goals of the family members for transition of wealth.
Melinda’s practice cover a broad range of tax issues, including estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and gift, estate, generation-skipping, income and property tax planning for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. Melinda has significant experience drafting Trusts (revocable and irrevocable), Wills, Powers of Attorney, Buy-Sell Agreements and other corporate documents and private foundations.
Melinda has recently given the following presentations: (i) “Planning and Drafting Considerations when a Charity is a Beneficiary of an Estate Plan” at the Conference of Charitable Giving 2014 presented by Stanford University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; (ii) “Changing Trustees: Practical and Tax Consequences of Crossing Borders, Domestically and Internationally,” focused on the topic of California state income taxation of trusts, for Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, Silicon Valley Chapter; and (iii) a panel presentation on “California Real Property Taxes” at the Kasner Estate Planning Symposium presented by Santa Clara University School of Law.
Melinda currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Women Attorney’s Network of the firm and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Melinda formerly served as the Managing Partner for the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
State of California, Board of Legal Specialization; Silicon Valley Bar Association; Santa Clara County Bar Association; Board Member, Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, Silicon Valley Chapter; Member, Kasner Estate Planning Symposium Planning Committee; and Treasurer, Baker Institute for Children with Hearing Loss.
Supreme Court of California
From Everson to Zelman. The Advent of 'True Private Choice' and the Erosion of the Wall Between Church and State, Santa Clara Law Review