The Right Strategy at the Right Time

Ms. Bruton’s practice focuses on several critical issues:

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust and estate administration
  • Post-mortem tax planning
  • Trust and estate litigation

Her particular expertise is in the arena of California property tax. As a member of the executive committee of the California State Bar Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section in the mid-1990s, she contributed to legislation that clarified and modified the change in ownership rules that affect intergenerational succession planning.

As the 2002 chair of the Sacramento County Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Law Section, Ms. Bruton was responsible for implementing a local rule that encourages adverse parties to first attempt alternate dispute resolution–such as mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and early settlement conferences–before turning to the judicial system to settle their differences. She firmly believes that parties involved in trust and estate litigation fare significantly better when they reach their own amicable agreements out of court.

Over the years, Ms. Bruton has established working alliances with attorneys who are authorities in a diversity of practice areas. By creating this elite network of professionals, she is able to enhance client services by engaging custom-selected resources when the need for highly specialized counsel arises. 

Professional Profile

Frayda Bruton is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council — a unique distinction granted only to attorneys who:

  • Have at least ten years of experience in the practice of trust and estate law
  • Have demonstrated a dedication to the profession through lecturing and writing professional journals
  • Are elected to the College by its membership

The author of several articles and a contributor to numerous books, Ms. Bruton is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, addressing critical and timely topics related to the estate-planning arena. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and was awarded a juris doctor and a masters of law in taxation from Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law.

Ms. Bruton has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2003, representing the top five percent of the region’s attorneys. The recipients of this distinction have been chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics magazine. She also has been listed in Best Lawyer in America each year since 2002. 


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