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Benjamin J. Sowards, Esq.

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Phone: (408) 371-6000
Fax: (408) 371-6005

2542 S Bascom Ave #210
Campbell, California 95008

State Bar of CaliforniaMr. Sowards is an estate planning and wealth transfer attorney. He sets ups estate plans, including living trusts, to help to avoid probate, minimize taxes and limit conflict. He also helps to settle out and administer trust and probate estates. He represents trustees to help them comply with the terms of the trust agreement and the California Probate Code. He minimizes conflict and lawsuits between trustees and beneficiaries or legal heirs. He also represents small and family owned businesses. He has saved his clients millions of dollars in probate fees and has successfully resolved several family conflicts that likely would have cost the trust hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mr. Sowards works to find creative solutions to allow all interested parties to benefit from his experience.

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Mr. Sowards started his legal career as an associate with San Diego’s oldest and largest law firm, Luce Forward LLP.  Later, he joined the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP where he focused on business law and complex corporate transactions.  Mr. Sowards’ experience dealing with California’s Fortune 500 clients taught him how to address critical legal challenges in the most cost-effective manner. 

super lawyersMr. Sowards attended San Jose State University where he was a President’s Scholar – Top 1% of entire student body.  He attended law school at the University of California at Davis where he graduated at the top of his class and was a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review and served as articles editor for the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal.  Before graduating from U.C. Davis, Mr. Sowards worked for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  He also clerked for the California Resources Agency under Governor Gray Davis in Sacramento.

Mr. Sowards was selected as a California Super Lawyer – Rising Star for 4 years in a row and also maintains a “Superb” rating (10 out of 10) on the lawyer rating service www.avvo.com. Click here to see our YELP reviews.

Mr. Sowards looks forward to helping you and your family plan for incapacity and death. His goal is to help you keep more of your hard earned money for you and your family and pay minimal tax and professional fees after your passing. Call us today at 408-371-6000.

Education

University of California, Davis

  • Top of his class
  • Member of the U.C. Davis Law Review
  • Editor of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal

San Jose State University

  • President’s Scholar – Top 1% of entire student body
  • Recipient of the Huck Schmidt Scholarship

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

California Bar Association
Member

Silicon Valley Bar Association
Member

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member

Recent Publications:
  • Contributing Author, Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities of Corporate Directors and Officers, R.R. Donnelley Capital Markets, 2008 edition.
Recognitions

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

Selected to Super Lawyers - Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I really appreciate the time spent in explaining the process of preparing a Living Trust; the professionalism and friendliness of everyone! I also appreciate the presentation of the materials both binder/print and soft copies. I highly recommend Sowards Law Firm. Karen O'Brien
★★★★★
Ben and team recently helped us with a new estate plan. Their service was timely, thorough, and very professional. They patiently explained concepts we were unfamiliar with. We were very satisfied and recommend their firm without hesitation. Brian Giambattista
★★★★★
Ben was very professional & knowledgeable when tailoring the needs of my end of life documents. I have utmost confidence in his abilities and have no hesitation recommending him for estate management. Janet Burks Giambattista