F. Michael Hanson was raised in Walnut Creek, California. He attended undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1972.He attended law school at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and graduated in May, 1976. He was a member of the Traynor Society, the scholastic organization at the McGeorge School of Law. He passed the California State Bar exam in July, 1976, and was admitted to the California State Bar in December, 1976 (registered as Frederick Michael Hanson, Jr., State Bar No. 71106). He is also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of the State of California, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.Mr. Hanson worked as an associate for two law firms in Walnut Creek between 1976 and 1987, then established his own practice in May, 1987. Although a considerable amount of his first 11 years of practice involved estate planning, he converted his practice to estate planning alone in 1989 and added elder law, nursing home asset protection, and Medi-Cal eligibility and public benefits planning to his practice beginning in early 1990. Our law office is a Contra Costa and east bay Estate Planning, Medi-Cal Planning, and Long Term Care Planning firm which focuses on the unique and complex area of elder law. This includes protecting homes, cash, investments, and other assets from nursing home expenses, avoiding Medi-Cal spend-down requirements, creating structured gifting plans which do not violate Medi-Cal "look-back" rules, assisting clients in accelerating, obtaining, and retaining Medi-Cal eligibility, protecting assets from Medi-Cal "liens" and estate claims, and creating, or updating, estate plan documents to provide nursing home asset protection abilities which almost all older estate plans do not now contain. Our practice also includes special needs trusts planning, as well as conventional living trust estate planning, and trust administration.