2400 Geng Road, Suite 110
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 328-7000

Alma Soongi Beck


Estate Planning

Estate and Gift Tax Planning

Charitable Planning

Trust & Estate Administration


Alma Soongi Beck is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Group and is certified by the State Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

Alma’s practice focuses on trusts, charitable planning, gift and estate tax planning, and post-death administration including trust administration and probate. She also offers consultations on the legal and tax implications of domestic partnership, marriage, and property co-ownership, including for same sex and unmarried couples.

Alma regularly conducts seminars on a variety of estate planning topics such as marriage, domestic partnership, and estate planning and property issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples and families. She is Co-Chair of the Horizons Foundation Professional Advisors Circle, and was recently also co-chair of the San Francisco Foundation Professional Advisors Council. She has served on the board of Transgender Law Center, Our Family Coalition, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC).

In addition to the schools listed above, for high school, she attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts (1988).


B.A., Yale University, 1992
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
LL.M. in Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004


State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
Silicon Valley Bar Association
San Mateo County Bar Association
San Francisco Foundation, Professional Advisors Council
Horizons Foundation, Professional Advisors Circle


AIDS Legal Referral Panel, volunteer attorney and Attorney of the Year (2007)
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, “Outstanding Services to the Legal Community” (2007)
Golden Gate Business Association, Business Advocate of the Year, Individual (2006)

Alma Soongi Beck