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

Alma Soongi Beck


Estate Planning

LGBT Estate Planning & Property Issues

Medi-Cal & Long-Term Care 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.

Prior to joining Lakin Spears, Alma was principal and founding attorney of The Beck Law Group, P.C. Alma’s estate planning practice focuses on revocable living trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, which includes Medi-Cal and long-term care planning, IRA Inheritance trusts, and beneficiary controlled irrevocable trusts. For unmarried and same-sex couples, she also offers consultations on the legal and tax implications of domestic partnership, marriage, and property co-ownership. Alma also assists individuals and families with trust administration, probate, and other post-death administration of property.

Alma regularly conducts public and private seminars on a variety of estate planning topics such as marriage, domestic partnership, estate planning and property issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples and families, as well as Medi-Cal, long-term care and IRA Inheritance Trust planning. In recent years, she has conducted public programs for Our Family Coalition (for LGBT parents and families), Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community (APIQWTC), Openhouse (for LGBT Seniors), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Barbary Lane Senior Communities, and the Horizons Foundation. 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 (KABA-NC). 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