About Us

Elijah Keyes

Founding Partner
Featured Attorney Image 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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Kathy Bonadonna

Trust and Probate Paralegal
Featured Attorney Image Kathy Bonadonna graduated with an AA degree from De Anza College in Paralegal Studies in 2004. She also holds a BFA degree in Interior Design from Central Missouri State University in 1983. She has more than 18 years’ experience working as a legal assistant and paralegal, devoted almost exclusively to estate planning, trust administration, and probate, in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties. She joined Keyes Law Group, PC March 1, 2022, but had worked with Mr. Keyes for approximately four years prior. Kathy moved to California from Independence, Missouri in 1983 with her then fiancé, David. They were married in 1985 and had the privilege of raising twin boys. Kathy spent years volunteering her time with Boys Scouts of America as a Merit Badge Counselor and Charter Representative, PTA, and Deacon at her church. Kathy enjoys the outdoors, camping, and cruising. Kathy quote: “The best reward with my job is taking some of the load off the Trustee while they are coping with losing a loved one. Seeing their sigh of relief, they now know they are not alone.”

Jackie Gutierrez

Estate Planning Assistant
Featured Attorney Image Jackie Gutierrez is a Client Coordinator and Legal Assistant. She has been with Keyes Law Group for over two years and has worked up to the head of our Estate Planning department. Prior to her time at KLG, she worked in workers compensation law for 5 years. She has many years of experience helping clients achieve their legal needs. Jackie assists all our Spanish-speaking clients by interpreting for those who do not speak English. Her administrative background was a great asset to KLG, as she was our first full-time employee to be hired in 2021. Jackie obtained her Notary Public commission in late December 2022, allowing her to assist clients with notarization at our firm. Jackie loves helping people. She finds joy in helping others and deeply cares for our clients. Jackie is originally from Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the US when she was a young child. She is a self-made woman who has made a great life for her beautiful daughter. Jackie has a passion for art, cooking, and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Jackie’s love language is cooking; she will commonly bring in food and feed the whole office!

Hannah Romeroso

Legal Assistant
Featured Attorney Image Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, East Bay. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she achieved remarkable academic success and was awarded a place on the Dean's List. In addition, she gained recognition as the Cornhole Champion at her University. She received her Certification as a Paralegal in March 2023. Hannah's passion for the legal profession was sparked by her experiences of witnessing inequality during her time in the Philippines. She was determined to use her opportunity to return to the United States to help improve the lives of those who are less fortunate. Inspired by the lifelong influences and sacrifices of her grandmother and mother, Hannah is committed to serving and empowering her community through her legal expertise and unwavering dedication to equality. Although she initially aspired to become a criminal profiler, Hannah's priorities shifted after becoming a mother to her daughter, AJ, and marrying her high school sweetheart, Marquell. She now focuses on using her legal skills to assist countless families in need of guidance and support.
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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"I have had the pleasure of working with the Keyes Law Group these past months. To date, Mr. Keyes has been a great asset to our family; helping to plan a trust and the appropriate tax strategies for us and the next generation. What has worked very well for my wife and I is the time Mr. Keyes has devoted to not only hearing our financial planning concerns, but to also take the necessary time to explain and offer options for us to consider. We have worked with tax attorneys and financial consultants over the years. For us, a successful relationship is one of the key factors that we strive for. Working with the Keyes Law Group has been a very good fit for us as we work to get our financial affairs in order." -- RY
"I can’t say enough great things about Keyes Law Group! They are thorough, caring, and extremely efficient! I send everyone I know to them for Estate Planning! They took such great care of my family and they have earned my business forever! Look no further than Keyes Law Group if you want a seamless process and to cover all bases for your estate! They aren’t just Estate Attorneys; they are family!" -SL
"The patience with helping us achieve our goal and the patience in breaking down the legalese into simple language that we could understand was very beneficial. We felt we were very well taken care of." -GR
"We truly appreciate your thoughts, ideas and time. I very much value your expertise and look forward to more dialogue about best ways to move forward, build healthier relationships with our children and their children and to pass on our values to the degree we are able." -R.Y.
"I was able to have a honest dialog with such an understanding, compassionate, and caring human being. Thank you." -Y.H.
"I've had the opportunity to work with Elijah for several years now. I started during a challenging situation with my mother and he was terrific. I'd say he's very responsive, reliable and exceptionally fair. Also very empathetic. It's refreshing to engage with him and feel that I'm being well taken care of and my needs are being met. His staff is also lovely and overall super accommodating." -I.S.
"It is very important to research and choose wisely when looking for an estate planning attorney. Did you know that the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization has a unique recognition for attorneys who go beyond the regular requirements to practice Estate Planning? Elijah Keyes has this designation; Certified Estate Planning Specialist. He is extremely well versed with this specific area of law and is a strong advocate for his clients in estate planning, including establishing living trusts, wealth planning and family transfers, dynasty trusts, conservatorships, special needs trusts, elder law medi-cal benefits and planning, trust administration and probate. Thank you Elijah, for being a trusted resource for us and for our clients!" -M.H.
"Keyes Law Group helped our family through a very difficult time with estate planning. He's honest, transparent and genuinely cares about his clients. His own personal experiences have shaped his approach in working with people - especially older folks who might be more mistrusting. He can finesse difficult conversations with ease and for that, I'm forever grateful. 100% recommend!" -Y.V.
"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." -D.

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