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 (2004-2020)

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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In Verizon Decision Careful Review of Insurance Policies Expands Coverage

In Verizon Communications Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa ., the Delaware Superior Court ruled that Verizon was entitled to a defense under its D&O policy for fraudulent transfer claims. Although...

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Kelly Matayoshi Appointed to San Francisco Superior Court Elimination of Bias Committee

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How I Made Partner: 'I Started Bringing in Cases That Generated Work for Me and for Others at the Firm,' Says Winston Liaw of Farella Braun + Martel

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New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environmental Inc, discuss "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new statewide General Waste Discharge...

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Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry

Farella's Shanti Eagle (moderator), Nate Garhart and Tyler Gerking, along with guest speakers Javier Gonzalez and Michael Peters from PL Risk Advisors, discuss "Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry." Cannabis businesses have cyber security...

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Newsom Signs Executive Order Nixing Workplace Masks for Vaccinated Employees

Rebecca Stephens commented in The Recorder article,  " Newsom Signs Executive Order Nixing Workplace Masks for Vaccinated Employees."  In the article, Rebecca said, “These new guidelines come as a relief for many employers since a prior...

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Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now

Join Quinn Arntsen and MaryJo Lopez with guest speaker Christopher Thompson of Napa Communities Firewise Foundation in the discussion on "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now." California is at the start of...

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Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues

Farella's Tony Schoenberg and Jonah Trotz with guest speakers Marsha Ramsey and Margaret Duskin of Cushman & Wakefield discuss "Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues." The pandemic has had wide ranging impacts on...

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Natural Resource Damages Conference

Sarah Bell is a program co-chair of Law Seminars International's 14th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages Santa Fe.   Sarah and James Colopy are speakers at the August 12 session "Sources of...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2021

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