Gonsalves & Kozachenko



I am a managing partner of Gonsalves & Kozachenko. My focus is Estate Planning and Probate, but I also advise business clients on legal matters especially in regard to entity formation and succession planning.


For almost thirty years, I have provided services in estate and business planning, asset protection, trust administration and probate matters. My focus is to design and implement comprehensive family and business succession plans that address my clients’ unique personal, business and legal needs. I focus on the clients’ goals and provide  customized drafting to achieve the clients’ objectives. While I have used sophisticated planning techniques to transfer businesses and estates to the next generation including grantor annuity trusts, intentionally defective trusts and family limited liability companies and partnerships, I also incorporate, where appropriate, simplified transactions that will achieve clients’ goals without creating unnecessary and expensive complex trusts and entities with burdensome costs to maintain. I work with our clients to accomplish their succession planning goals of transfer of the family wealth and business to the next generation with a plan that is understandable and affordable to maintain. 

Before forming Gonsalves & Kozachenko, I served as a Judicial Extern to Judge Reid Ambler, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County and worked at Coopers & Lybrand in personal financial planning and on individual tax matters. I also served as chair and as a member of the Fremont Economic Development Advisory Commission for eight years.

I have been a president and director of the Washington Township Bar Association, and I presently serve as a director of Fremont Bank.


Estate Planning

  • Representation in will and trust contests
  • Representation in contested guardianships and conservatorship matters
  • Litigation involving contested matters of the estate
  • Petitions to modify exisiting irrevocable trusts
  • Heggstad petitions to transfer property to living trusts
  • Appointment of successor trustees, conservators, and guardians
  • Court appointment to represent the interests of incapacitated individuals

Business & Corporate Law

  • Advice concerning ongoing business needs and succession planning
  • Planning and formation business entities including sole proprietorships, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
  • Advice concerning transfer of ownership and assests to intended beneficiaries
  • Reviewing various agreements for family business owners such as buy-sell agreements, corporate reorganizations, and stock transfer agreements


Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA, 1982 J.D. Honors: Summa Cum Laude

San Jose State University, 1979 B.A. Honors: With Great Distinction

Bar Admissions in California, 1982


  • State Bar of California, sections on Trusts and Estates
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Fremont Bank, Board of Directors
  • Estate Planning Council of Southern Alameda County
  • Washington Hospital Foundation, former Trustee and Executive Committee Member
  • Fremont Economic Development Advisory Commission, former Chair
  • Washington Township Bar Association, former President and Director

Contact Information

Linda M. Gonsalves

2201 Walnut Avenue, Suite 220

Fremont, CA 94538

Main: (510) 770-3900

Fax: (510) 657-9876


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