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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