Alma Soongi Beck

Alma Soongi Beck

Alma Soongi Beck is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Family Wealth & Tax Planning in the Palo Alto office. Alma is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, by the State Board of Legal Specialization.

Alma’s practice focuses on trusts, charitable planning, gift and estate tax planning, and post-death administration including trust administration and probate. She also offers consultations and seminars on the legal and tax implications of domestic partnership, marriage, and property co-ownership for same sex and unmarried couples, as well as on the evolution of parentage and gender in estate planning.  Alma also advised and presents on Land Back to Indigenous groups for titleholders, tribes, and other Indigenous organizations.

Alma recently served as Co-Chair of both the Horizons Foundation Professional Advisors Circle and the San Francisco Foundation Professional Advisors Council. She has also served on the boards of the Transgender Law Center, Our Family Coalition, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC).

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Alma was a partner at Lakin Spears, LLC, as well as founder and principal attorney for The Beck Law Group.

Publications - Marriage and Domestic Partnership

  • “California State Domestic Partnership Expanded Speaking Engagements,” March 1, 2020
  • “The Expanding Definition of Parenthood,” March 1, 2020
  • “The Property Tax Trap for Unmarried Couples and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Property Co-Ownership,” February 1, 2016
  • “How Transmutation to Community Property Can Save Hundreds of Thousands for Married Couples (and Domestic Partners too),” October 29, 2015
  • “Post-Obergefell—California Same-Sex Couples and the New Era of Federal and State Marriage Recognition,” August 7, 2015
  • “Who Should Get Married After DOMA Repeal – or, Why You Should Walk (Not Run) to City Hall,” June 13, 2015
  • “Till the Emergency Room Do Us Part: How Your Advance Health Care Directive Can Help You and Your Partner Stick Together,” December 31, 2009
  • “Capital Gains Tax Advantages for Married Couples and California State Domestic Partners: The “Double Step-Up” and How to Take Advantage of It,” November 5, 2006
  • “Popping the Big Question: Will You Be My California Domestic Partner?,” September 16, 2006

Publications - Property Tax Issues for Unmarried, Non-Domestic Partnered Co-Owners

  • “The Property Tax Trap for Unmarried Couples and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Property Co‚ÄźOwnership,” February 1, 2016
  • “More Fallout From Tax Rule Change,” December 13, 2013
  • “Property Tax Changes Could Affect Couples,” July 4, 2013
  • “The Move Away From Property Tax Protection for San Francisco City:  County Domestic Partners,” January 16, 2007
  • “California Senate Bill 565 Offers Greater Tax Protection for California State Domestic Partners,” April 16, 2006
  • “Avoiding Property Tax Reassessment for Unmarried Couples *Not* Registered as California Domestic Partners,” April 15, 2006

Publications – Other Estate Planning Issues

  • “The Art of Choosing a Fiduciary,” January 25, 2018
  • “Why Everyone Should Care About the New 2017 Medi-Cal Recovery Laws,” February 1, 2017
  • “Estate Planning, Your Family, and the Holidays,” December 16, 2015
  • “Critical Elder Law Issues in Estate Planning to Prevent Financial Crisis in One’s Golden Years,” November 12, 2015
  • “Debunking Myths about Medi-Cal, and How Planning Documents Can Protect Your Family and Assets,” June 16, 2014
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • San Francisco Foundation, Professional Advisors Council
  • Horizons Foundation, Professional Advisors Circle
  • State Bar of California (1998)
  • LL.M. in Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Yale University
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, volunteer attorney and Attorney of the Year (2007)
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, “Outstanding Services to the Legal Community” (2007)
  • Golden Gate Business Association, Business Advocate of the Year, Individual (2006)

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