Contra Costa County's Longest-Serving Law Partnership

Your Law Firm in the Lafayette Area

Estate, Defense and Family Lawyers

You will find decades of legal experience among the attorneys and staff of Pedder, Hesseltine, Walker & Toth, LLP — a partnership first established in 1955.

We Keep Your Goals and Best Interests in View

We are aggressive trial lawyers and skilled negotiators who find innovative ways to reach positive outcomes. Across all our practice areas, we are committed to identifying practical, cost-effective solutions — or, when the stakes are high and issues complex, to pursuing justice through trial and appeal if necessary.

We offer initial consultations at no charge. We handle some matters on a contingency basis, so you may owe no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you. In other areas, we are open about the likely costs of our services and keep you informed of all decisions, progress and fees. We are AV*-rated under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

Estate Planning, Administration and Resolution of Disputes

Estate law is a focus for three of our attorneys: Stanley Pedder, Timothy B. Walker and Matthew S. Toth. In the Northern California legal community, we are known for our ability to assess and reach resolution in complex will and trust disputes. We also provide comprehensive probate and trust administration services, establishment of contest conservatorships, and offer comprehensive estate planning.

Criminal Defense, Divorce, Juvenile Law and Administrative Issues

Partner Wally G. Hesseltine is a widely respected former prosecutor who handles DUI and other criminal defense, represents men and women in divorce, advocates for juveniles facing school suspension, and pursues a range of other civil and regulatory issues.

Our law offices are easy to locate, just off Highway 24 in Lafayette. We maintain a friendly, comfortable atmosphere where you can park free and walk right in, confident that you will be listened to, respected and well taken care of.

We assist people of all backgrounds and walks of life, and we are prepared to call on interpreters if you communicate best in Spanish or another language. For a consultation to discuss the legal issue you face, please contact us today.

* 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.