Founder of The Dayton Law Firm, P.C., 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 from Santa Clara University School of Law. He became certified in 2004 as a 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’s extension program. He is licensed to practice law in California and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
His professional memberships include WealthCounsel, LLC; the State Bar of California, the Probate and Trust Sections of the California Lawyers Association and the State Bar of California, the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
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.