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Elizabeth E. Trutner

Partner/Senior Counsel


The focus of Elizabeth (Beth) Trutner's law practice has been and continues to be trusts and estates.  She joined Varni, Fraser, Hartwell & Rodgers in 1991, which firm evolved to be Fraser, Harwell & Trutner in 1995, and Trutner Law Offices in 2011 when she and her father became law partners.  Beth has been certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California State Board of Legal Specialization since 1995.

Elizabeth E. Trutner practices in the following areas of law: Estate Planning; Living Trusts; Trust Administrations; Probate Administrations; Ancillary Probates; Decedents’ Estates; Estate Planning for the Elderly; Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples; Estate Settlements; Family Trusts; Trust Law; Probate Avoidance



  • Admitted to the California Bar: 1989

  • Law School:

    • University of San Diego, International Law Program, Paris, 1986;

    • San Francisco Law School, J.D., graduated with honors, 1989

  • College:

    • University of California at Davis, B.A., graduated 1980

  • Certification:

    • Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


Professional Memberships

  • Member of Professional Organizations:

    • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers;

    • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association;

    • State Bar of California (Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section);

    • Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council (Past President).



  • American Jurisprudence Award in Corporations and Remedies;

  • West Publishing Award.


Other Affiliations

  • President, Livermore Cultural Arts Council.

  • Past president and current board member Livermore Shakespeare Festival; past president and former board member Mario Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation.


Born: Oakland, California

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