Joan A. LeBlanc

Joan A. LeBlanc

  • Estate Planning (including revocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney, irrevocable trusts, beneficiary designations)
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Trust and Estate Administration

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Practice Areas:

Trusts and Estates


B.A., UC Santa Barbara, 1975
J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1982

Professional & Community Affiliations:

Santa Clara County Bar Association;
Palo Alto Area Bar Association;
San Mateo County Bar Association

Joan A. LeBlanc is a partner in the Trusts & Estates Group and has practiced law since 1982. She is a Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Joan’s estate planning practice focuses on the drafting of Wills and revocable living trusts, for both married or unmarried couples and singles, that include testamentary transfers to irrevocable trusts for surviving spouses, qualified domestic trusts for non-citizen surviving spouses, and general succession planning for descendants. She also prepares various irrevocable trusts for both lifetime and testamentary transfers including life insurance trusts, charitable trusts, generation skipping trusts, and other irrevocable tax planned trusts.

Joan’s estate and trust administration practice includes the handling of probate and other court supervised fiduciary proceedings, the administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts, and uncontested modification and reform of irrevocable trusts.

Prior to joining Lakin Spears, Joan was a partner at Aufmuth, Fox & LeBlanc, Palo Alto, for 10 years and prior to that, a partner with Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) in Palo Alto

Joan served as Managing Partner of Lakin Spears from 2006 to 2008.  She has a peer-review rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell. She has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” every year since 2006 and was named as one of the Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas in 2008. Joan is active in the Palo Alto Bar, Silicon Valley, and Santa Clara County Bar Associations.

A native of the Bay Area, Ms. LeBlanc is a member of the Stanford Golf Course.