Thomas J. Stikker

Thomas J. Stikker specializes in estate planning, probate and trust matters. As a founding partner of the firm, Tom has over 30 years of experience advising individuals, families and fiduciaries in trust and estate related matters. His broad-based practice employs both traditional and cutting edge strategies tailored to fit each client’s unique goals and circumstances.
415-982-1400 | stikker@ddrs.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Estate planning for high net worth clients
  • Estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning
  • Administration of large and complex estates and trusts
  • Business succession planning
  • Premarital and post-marital property agreements
  • Charitable gift planning

Publication and Presentations:

  • Co-editor of the four-volume California Probate Practice treatise by Matthew Bender & Co.
  • Co-author of a chapter entitled "Lifetime Gifts and Transfers for Consideration," in CEB 's 2-volume set, Estate Planning Practice
  • Co-author of Grits, Grats and Defective Grantor Trusts: The Best Laid Plans, in New York University 58th Institute on Federal Taxation, 2000
  • Co-author of “Title Insurance for Estate Planning Transfers”, Probate and Property, May/June 1998
  • Author of "Decline in Value of Estate's Assets Does Not Always Call for Use of Alternate Valuation Date," Estate Planning Magazine, September/October 1989
  • Frequent speaker on estate planning and administration topics, including recent developments presentations to various bar groups

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Education and Certifications:

  • J.D. - University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1982
  • B.A. - University of Wyoming, 1978