Biography

George Argyris counsels individual clients on all matters related to the building, preservation, and disposition of family wealth and minimization of taxes. His multigenerational practice includes counsel on virtually every aspect of his clients’ privacy, financial planning, philanthropic activity, and family office operations.

A partial list of his extensive areas of knowledge would include sophisticated tax planning vehicles, as well as guidance in and preparation of planning documents such as wills, living trusts and durable powers of attorney. He has created a wide variety of trusts and other legal instruments such as irrevocable life insurance trusts, gift programs, grantor retained annuity trusts, education trusts, family partnerships, closely-held corporations, generation skipping transfers, and arranged both inter vivos and testamentary charitable giving.

For philanthropic purposes, he has developed charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts and private foundations. Additionally, he has prepared property agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; disposition of IRA, Keogh and other employee benefit plans. He has also overseen probate and trust administration, and led litigation regarding validity, construction and administration along with providing counsel and advice to trustees, charitable foundations, shareholders, and board members.

George has over four decades of experience, and numerous second- and third-generation clients. His unique and invaluable combination of judgment, technical expertise, discretion, and creativity are a major asset to both his family office and individual clients.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2004-2019)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, California Symphony
  • Advisory Board Member, University of California, Berkeley Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning
  • Member, San Francisco Estate Planning Council

Firm Highlights

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Sarah Bell will be speaking on this Strafford live webinar, "Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund ." This CLE webinar will discuss the...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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