Empathy Estate Planning


“We came to Samantha Murray Tighe when we found out my cousin had passed away and we were co-executors of his estate. Not having had a great deal of experience around this type of situation and not living in the state, I felt completely overwhelmed and unsettled by the task before us. Samantha explained the process in a step-by-step format so that it was understandable and laid out exactly what we had to do. When Samantha wasn’t available or on vacation, her legal partner, Peter Pelavin stepped in and assisted us with information and instruction. It has been a long process and I appreciate both Samantha and Peter’s attention to detail, calm demeanor and willingness to answer multiple questions. I would recommend them to anyone, but especially someone who has not had much experience in dealing with estates and probate. They are friendly, knowledgeable, timely and professional!”

Katherine P., executor

"Peter and Samantha were a wonderful legal team for my wife and I as we set our affairs in order for our growing family. Engaged, responsive and open to questions we had on our estate planning strategy, they prepared our family trust in a timely manner and also tackled other “must have” documents, such as our wills and health directives. The process was smooth and affordable, and we ultimately had a suite of documents that we feel will address most of life’s curveball scenarios. We’re confident everything is laid out for our trustees and children when the time comes. Peter and Samantha have also been open to quick questions we had after their services were complete, answering strategic questions about IRA beneficiaries and other affairs we had to set in order. All in all an impressive legal team!"

Dennis S. & Dana F., parents of two, San Rafael, CA

"Samantha and Peter did an excellent job creating my trust document. I felt well taken care of and appreciated their expertise as well as their down to earth approach. While Samantha and Peter are professionals, they also are nice people which made the process more enjoyable. I recommend them often to friends and family in need of estate planning."

Dan & Elisa C., parents of three, San Rafael, CA

“Thank you for your time and patience with us novices to the Probate process. Your willingness to take the time to explain every step along the way was so appreciated by my coexecutor and me. You kept us focused on the end result and made sure we did not take any unnecessary risks even when we wanted to do just that. I will be sure to recommend you to my friends and family.”

Harold S., executor

“My parents and I have been clients of Samantha’s for over twenty years now and we have received trustworthy, intelligent estate planning and trust management of exceptional quality. Samantha is an exceptional blend of calm, straight forward, patience and prodding, as we have moved through many stages of initial estate planning. In the beginning she made sure we all created estates tailored to our needs and desires. Over the years we reworked the estate plan(s) and trust in order to keep both of those current with new laws and nuance of laws that maintained and continue to enhance our goals for our family. She also compassionately shepherded us all through the loss of my oldest brother and my father. Both times, Samantha took care of paperwork, communicated with accountants and financial advisors and more, in order to ensure that the details of death, money, and taxes were handled in a way we could focus on healing while ensuring the family was safe. We have referred Samantha and Peter to countless friends and family members for decades now. We wholeheartedly recommend her and Peter to you and your family.”

Anne M., San Rafael, CA