Frederick Hertz, Attorney, Mediator & Author


Frederick Hertz has more than thirty years experience as a real estate and family lawyer, with a practice based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work focuses on resolving conflicts between co-owners of properties and business, including married and unmarried couples, both gay and straight, extended families and friends and business partners. He helps co-owners draft agreements at time of formation, and serves as a consulting attorney and mediator with groups or couples in conflict. He is also the co-author of three Nolo Press books, including legal guides for unmarried couples and same-sex couples, and a guide for lawyers representing unmarried partners.

Why I Care

"My goal is to help families and couples form their partnerships and resolve their conflicts over issues of money and property, especially where their emotional ties and concerns create uncertainties, doubts and resentments over time. I am committed to working with clients to integrate their interpersonal needs and priorities into their practical and financial goals. My greatest satisfaction is guiding my clients through these difficult challenges, at all stages of their business and family relationships, empowering them to make better decisions and engage in rational decision-making - when doing so is the most difficult task facing them."

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Recently Published on Caring.com

Should I add my son to the deed if it is in the will that he will get the house? — Sep 07, 2013
The issue here isn't tax, but rather, the consequences of adding your son to the title now. If you add your son to the title now, then he is an owner NOW -- not just upon ...
Can POA change when an Alzheimer's patient remarries? — Jul 04, 2013
This is an excellent question, and it involves both legal and inter-personal issues. From a legal standpoint the POA is probably still valid after a marriage - but its unu...
Can the grantor of power of attorney still sign legal docs after granting POA? — Jul 04, 2013
In most states the person signing a power of attorney remains legally competent to sign any documents - the POA gives an additional person the authority to sign documents, ...
Are We Taking Advantage? — Jun 21, 2013
These are always hard situations, and my initial response is to say that the best approach would be to sit down with your aunt and talk with her about the work you are doin...
Is my mother bound to service contracts signed by my deceased father? — Apr 26, 2013
The answer to this question depends entirely on the specific terms of the contract - so I can't answer it in general. You will need to find a local attorney who is experie...
What are approximate costs for care mediation? — Jan 10, 2013
One of the most difficult challenges here is how to establish communication when there is distance between siblings. I recently worked with a family facing a similar situa...
Family Drama — Jan 09, 2013
As an attorney-mediator who helps resolve messy sibling and intergenerational family money and property conflicts, my work can be challenging. Even so, I faced an even hard...
Does Power of Attorney take all power from the patient? — Nov 27, 2012
The answer to your question depends on the type of power of attorney, and the laws of your particular state. Some powers of attorney only take effect after the principal i...
My deceased father is on the title of Grandma's property. How do we proceed with selling the home? — Nov 14, 2012
Transferring title from a deceased co-owner is subject to the law of your state, and it depends on the form of title that was used. If the title was held as joint tenancy,...