Marlene Pappas Getchell 415.457.8830


It’s not easy to find someone to trust when the issues involved our finances and our loves ones. When those issues arise, it’s important to find an attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.

Trust and Estate Attorney Marlene Pappas Getchell is that person.

Marlene Pappas Getchell has the right experience: more than 30 years as an attorney with her own Marin County law firm. She has expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, probate and trust administration, and litigation in the fields of elder abuse, trust, and probate law.

Marlene also works with people who have been sued or believe they have a right to sue in matters pertaining to finances, fiduciary accountings, trusts and estates.

A recognized community leader, Marlene is a past President of the Marin County Bar Association, serves as a settlement panelist for the Marin County Courts, and has been awarded prestigious “Super Lawyer” status for 2009–2011, and 2015–2020 by San Francisco Magazine.

Your Trust and Estate Attorney can help you with the following:

Advanced Health Care Directives
Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation
Conservatorships and Guardianships
Drafting Trusts
Drafting Wills
Durable Power of Attorney for Management of Property
Elder Abuse Action
Estate and Trust Administration
Estate Planning
Fiduciary Accounting
Living Trusts
Living Wills
Serves as a Trustee
Will and/or Trust Contests

Additionally, Marlene handles the prosecution or defense of actions pertaining to breach of trust. She has successfully litigated matters in Superior Court throughout California including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Sonoma counties.