Contra Costa County's Longest-Serving Law Partnership

Knowledge and Integrity in the Practice of Law

Proven, Respected Attorneys in Lafayette, California

What does it mean to be the longest-serving law partnership in Contra Costa County? For us, it means a strong legacy of accomplishment and client service — which we uphold every day. We receive many referrals from other attorneys and the sons, daughters and friends of those we have helped in the past. More than 90% of our cases resolve in our clients' favor.

Whether you need to challenge how an estate is being handled, overcome criminal charges or get through a divorce — knowing our firm's reputation can lead directly to counsel you can trust. From a free 30 minute consultation through all subsequent phases of your case, we strive for excellent communication and positive results.

A Reputation for Sound Guidance and Determined Advocacy

Our four attorneys bring together a wealth of experience in a range of legal practice areas — with strengths in complex estate litigation and criminal defense. Clients benefit from over 120 years of collective legal knowledge. Pedder, Hesseltine, Walker & Toth, LLP, has been recognized with an "AV" rating* (highest rating that can be achieved) under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review ratings system.

We serve clients from Contra Costa and Alameda counties, as well as Solano and Marin counties and as far south as Los Angeles. Our mission includes identifying and executing the best strategies to deliver a positive outcome, always in view of your goals and overall costs.

Strengths in Estate Litigation and Other Matters Critical to Families

As proven trial lawyers, we have taken many cases through trial. Our valued clients have won positive outcomes in complex will contests and trust contests, and we are a widely respected probate firm. In addition, you can turn to us for comprehensive estate planning, or when you have critical needs like establishing or contesting a conservatorship, or fighting a DUI charge.

We maintain comfortable, productive offices and enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. You can count on our responsiveness and honesty in any stressful or pivotal situation. To request a consultation, please call or e-mail our firm today.

Attorney Fees

In estate litigation we can be flexible with respect to fee arrangements. In appropriate cases the matters are often handled on a contingent fees basis. This means you pay no fees unless we recover for you.

* Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. An AV rating is the highest that can be achieved.