Danielle Barger is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law (State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization), a designation reserved for those attorneys who are able to meet California’s comprehensive education and experience requirements in the field of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Ms. Barger is committed to providing valuable legal services to families and helping them make important life decisions for their family which can impact them for years to come. A large part of her estate practice includes advising non-traditional families, including LGBT couples, in their estate planning needs.
In addition to crafting exceptional estate plans for her clients, Ms. Barger provides business planning services. She firmly believes that for the business person, business planning and estate planning go hand in hand to protect their assets and provide for a smooth succession to his or her heirs. Having owned and operated her own law firm for eight years, Ms. Barger understands first-hand the issues and problems facing business owners. As a result of her real world experience, she is able to better advise her business clients.
Area of Expertise
Armed with a customized estate plan and business plan, Ms. Barger’s clients have saved thousands of dollars in estate taxes and probate fees.
The law of estate planning, trusts and probate is very complex and Ms. Barger is known for her ability to explain these complicated principles in everyday language so that her clients can make informed decisions. Ms. Barger enjoys assisting clients with the administration of estates as well as preventative legal matters to allow her clients to spend more time with their families and building their wealth. She has helped many clients work through the issues that arise when they lose a loved one, as well as guiding clients to ensure a smooth transition during times of incapacity and death.
Ms. Barger has received an AV® preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® rating signifies that an attorney has reached the highest of professional excellence having been recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity. Ms. Barger was further recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the Best of the Bar for 2015 in Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Business Law.
Education & Background
Ms. Barger is a San Diego native who holds degrees from the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2006, where she was a Literary Editor for the Law Review, a member of the Mock Trial team, and won top of class recognition in Contracts Law, Health Care Finance Law, and Bankruptcy Law. In addition to her private law practice, Ms. Barger is an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Ms. Barger is affiliated with the San Diego County Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, the Greater San Diego Business Association, and ProVisors.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two stepsons, running (she has completed 16 half marathons), diving (as a PADI Dive master), golfing, and throwing her clients for a loop with her knowledge and passion for cars – both classic and new.