About Elijah Keyes

Elijah Keyes

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Elijah Keyes’ interest in estate planning and special needs began as a child where he saw the effects of long term illness in his household. He gained an appreciation of the effects of physical and mental illnesses and how they affect families and communities. Ever since becoming an attorney, Elijah has worked exclusively in the areas of estate planning, special needs, elder law, and tax.

Elijah is recognized as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is the Vice President and a Trustee of the Silicon Valley Bar Association, a group of more than 300 estate planning professionals. Elijah is also a member of the J. Rueben Clark Law Society, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Elijah is a former professor of law at Golden Gate University and frequently speaks to
attorneys and community groups on a range of issues related to special needs trusts, estate planning, trust administration, probate, and conservatorships.

Elijah lives in Milpitas with his wife, two children, and dog. He enjoys obstacle course racing and DIY home improvement projects.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Medi-Cal Planning
  • Conservatorships and Guardianship
  • Fiduciary Representation

Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law – LL.M. in Taxation, 2010
  • Golden Gate University School of Law – J.D., Certification in Litigation, with honors, 2009
  • San Jose State University – B.A. in Communications and Business, 2005

Awards

  • Rising Star in Estate Planning – Superlawyers Magazine, 2016-2019
  • Superlawyer in Estate Planning – Superlawyers Maganize, 2021-2022
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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“Elijah was very helpful with editing our family trust after my wife passed away. He answered all my question in a timely manner and if he did not know the answer he found out quickly. He would take time out of day to reassure me that he had everything under control. He took his time to explain why he worded the trust the way he did and that I understood what it meant. Will use him again when the trust needs to updated.”

“My elderly mother and I recently had the opportunity to consult with Mr. Keyes regarding her estate planning and Living Trust. As has been our experience on prior visits with Mr. Keyes, his warm and friendly demeanor quickly set my mother’s mind at ease. Mr. Keyes demonstrates great empathy and care in his work. He explains things clearly and articulately, and addressed our each and every concern, as well as educated us on a number of issues that hadn’t even occurred to us. His thorough and careful explanations were very much appreciated. We cannot speak highly enough of Mr. Keyes, and would certainly be happy to recommend him with the highest regard. Thank you Mr. Keyes!”

“We were referred to Elijah Keyes for a settlement issue as we are out of state. From the beginning, Elijah explained everything so clearly and patiently. He listened to exactly what our concerns and thoughts were while articulately communicating the agreed upon plan of action. Given our location, we did everything over the phone and the end result was beyond any of our expectations. We would highly recommend Elijah and look forward to working with him again.”

“How often these days can you claim that a business has integrity and value let alone those characteristics actually being upheld? There was a time in recent history where a handshake was considered worth its weight in Gold. Keyes Law Group, PC excels in keeping that old notion alive by connecting with you the Customer. They prove that you’re not just a number but a valuable Human Being. Whether you’re looking for proven tax advice, information and direction in Personal Wills or Estate Planning, securing Powers of Attorney or even advice on Health Care Directives, Keyes Law Group, PC has the time, the experience, and the knowledge to help you. Keyes Law Group, PC has gained my Trust and these days, you really do need People you can count on, Bottom line!”

“Elijah Keyes was the consummate professional. I could not be more happy with his law firm. He handled a very difficult family situation with tact and kindness and provided a very good outcome. I highly recommend this attorney and his law firm.”

“Elijah Keys is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable about Probate Law and Estate Planning. He takes the time to thoroughly explain details in an easy to understand manner. I highly recommend him, you will be in very good hands.”

Mr. Keyes is very personable

Excellent service, clear expectations, good advise and very professional. Thank you Mr. Keyes!

Service was excellent! Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorney

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