Founder of the Dayton Law Firm in San Jose, Richard C. Dayton has been practicing estate planning, trust, and probate law since 1998. He is sensitive to the emotional nature of his profession, which leads to an approach marked by understanding and compassion. He listens closely to his clients’ specific concerns and wishes, then taps into his extensive expertise to deliver solutions that are customized to each individual’s particular needs.
A respected leader in his field and a sought-after speaker, Mr. Dayton has addressed professional groups, charitable organizations, and the public on topics related to advanced planning and tax savings. He maintains a strong position on the cutting edge of industry knowledge and emerging trends through continuing education and attendance at national conferences.
In 1998 Mr. Dayton received his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He became certified in 2004 as a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He teaches estate planning for certified financial planners in training as part of the University of California, Santa Cruz extension program. He is licensed to practice law in California and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for Northern District of California.
His professional memberships include WealthCounsel, LLC; the American Bar Association; the California Bar Association; the Probate and Trust Sections of the American and California Bar Associations; the Santa Clara County Bar Association; the Silicon Valley Bar Association; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform; and the California Continuing Education of the Bar, where he serves on the Estate Planning Advisory Committee.
Mr. Dayton is a retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Army Reserve. In addition to his law career, he previously served as a senior software engineering manager for IBM.