You have worked your whole life to provide for your loved ones, and now it is time to make sure they will be in good hands when the time comes. If you do not want the state intestate laws to guide the direction of your estate upon your death; or if you want to avoid a conservatorship if required at an elderly age or through a disability, then do not delay and take action now to guide your own estate through proper estate planning. Whether your situation is simple or complex, hiring an experienced attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law will ensure that your estate and legacy is handled as you wish. As a certified specialist, Bonnie Marie Bursk is committed to maintaining proficiency through consistent practice and continuing education in this highly specialized and complicated field. Bonnie Marie Bursk is recognized by the State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law.

Don’t just hire an attorney, hire a certified specialist

So what does this mean for you as a client? A Certified Specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law, and a mere preference of an attorney to practice in a specific area of law does not amount to a specialist. The American Bar Association and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct require that a lawyer shall not state or imply that a lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law, unless the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an organization that has been approved by an appropriate state authority or that has been accredited by the American Bar Association; and the name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication.


a California attorney who is certified by the State Bar as an Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialist must have:

  • Taken and passed a comprehensive full-day written examination in estate planning, trust, and probate law administered by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization;
  • Demonstrated a high level of expertise and requisite number of years of experience in estate planning, trust, and probate law;
  • Fulfilled mandated ongoing education requirements in estate planning, trust, and probate law;
  • Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his or her estate planning, trust, and probate work.

The State Bar offers the title as “specialist” to better assist clients such as yourself in the difficult decisions of obtaining an attorney, and to help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law. It also furthers the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.

Savin Bursk Law represents individuals, families, professionals, corporate executives, business owners, and multi generational families with inherited wealth. Our goal is to develop and implement an independent, tax-efficient succession plan customized to the specific needs and interests of each one of our clients.