Knowledge And Integrity In The Practice Of Law


The Northern California law firm of Pedder, Hesseltine, Walker & Toth, LLP, is built on 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 importantly, we maintain an impressive record of results for our clients.

Whether you need to challenge how an estate is being administered, overcome criminal charges or get through a divorce, you can trust our passionate attorneys. During every step of your case, we strive for excellent communication and positive results.


Practice Areas

Estate Contests
& Litigation
Estate Planning
Probate & Trust
Elder Law
Criminal Defense
Family Law
Juvenile Law &

Sound Guidance And Determined Advocacy


Our four lawyers bring together a wealth of experience in a range of legal practice areas— with strengths in complex estate litigation, detailed estate planning, efficient probate administration and tough criminal defense. You benefit from over 120 years of collective legal knowledge and insight, which is invaluable in securing the results you need.

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.

Skilled Litigators, For Your Peace Of Mind

As proven trial lawyers, we have taken many cases through trial, often achieving exceptional results. Our valued clients have won positive outcomes in complex will contests and trust contests, as well as in contentious litigation of family and criminal issues.

We also frequently litigate estate disputes on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we lose your case, you won’t owe us a dime. Call our firm today to learn more.

No matter how serious the case, we take care of all the details and will never back down when your rights are on the line.

Flexible Payment Options And Accessible Counsel

As you are resolving issues relating to the estate of a loved one who has passed, one of your biggest worries may be burning through the entire estate in legal fees alone. Our law firm has flexible payment options with respect to fee arrangements, including a contingency fee option when appropriate. In these instances, you don’t pay a fee at all unless we recover for you.

Reach out to our Lafayette office today to discuss your concerns with a member of our legal team. Call 925-297-6179 or toll free at 888-355-4093 to set up your consultation.