Franza Giffen is an attorney whose practice focuses exclusively on fiduciary services. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University and is a licensed real estate broker, giving her a well rounded background for selling, renovating and dealing with all matters having to do with the real estate many of her clients own. For the past 30 years she has also been a probate referee for Contra Costa County. Early in her career she wrote wills and trusts for her clients but as the years passed, her clients grew older and called her with more and more personal needs. She acted under powers of attorney to help them with finances and their health care. Soon she was called upon to act as a Trustee, which also grew to involve a wider breadth of service to her clients. Having such close and intimate contact with her clients gave more meaning to her role as she continued to expand her services. Being able to visit her clients in their home, listen to their concerns and take care of them was more meaningful and rewarding to her than the limits of drafting wills and trusts and much more fun! EMAIL
Dixie Miner is our office manager as well as a care manager for several clients. Her background includes services to elders, project and team management for several small businesses, general office management, marketing, resource research and assisting with probate matters. Dixie has implemented many office systems to insure a smoothly running and highly efficient environment. EMAIL
Lillan Stone brings her Scandinavian work ethic of precision and quality to our team. She has over 35 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience, including a long term as the Financial Controller at a large San Francisco law firm. Currently she manages the accounting and preparation for tax returns and assists in general business and office matters. EMAIL
Kathleen Newsom, CLPF #934, NCG, MBA is a Midwesterner who has called San Francisco her home for over 20 years. She holds a BA and MA in French Language and earned her MBA at the University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business. Kathleen spent many years as a marketing manager in the wine & spirits world. She was responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets for major, international brands. Kate is a licensed fiduciary and National Certified Guardian. She is an active member of the East Bay Professional Fiduciary Association (PFAC). Kate specializes in trust and estate administration throughout the Bay Area. EMAIL
Team Work Our clients’ needs involve tax matters, family law issues, Will contests, real estate sales and services, facilitation with medical and psychological investigations and ordering reports when necessary; acting as a liaison with doctors and medical personnel as well as court matters. Attorneys, enrolled agents, certified fraud examiners, realtors, general contractors, nurse practitioners, and gerontologists also make up the team members of Giffen Fiduciary Services. It truly takes a village to take over another person’s life and ensure that they have the best quality of life possible for them.
Affiliations: Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), California State Bar, The Bar Association of San Francisco, California Probate Referee Association, President East Bay PFAC Chapter 2016-17 Website