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Mara M. Mahana

A native of San Francisco, Mara M. Mahana specializes in estate planning for clients of all backgrounds as well as estate and trust administration. Her estate planning practice includes the preparation of wills, revocable trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts, as well as the preparation of federal estate and gift tax returns. Her trust and estate administration practice includes advising trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in all aspects of probate and trust administration.


Languages Spoken:

  • French (conversational)
  • Japanese (basic)



Mara was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2013 for her primary area of practice in Estate Planning and Probate.

Mara has been faculty for several estate-planning-related seminars, including those presented by the National Business Institute (NBI) and Lorman Education Services.



“Natural Disasters: One Is on Its Way Toward You,” Mara M. Erlach and Michael Shklovsky, Law Practice Magazine, (ABA) May/June 2018. (PDF)

“Using Private Loans to Preserve Inherited Real Property,” Mara Erlach, Sonoma County Bar Association, The Bar Journal, vol. 54, no. 4, Winter 2018, p. 13. (PDF)

“Using Private Loans to Preserve Inherited Real Property,” Mara Erlach, Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno Bar Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, January 2019, p. 10. (PDF)


University of California at Davis (J.D., 2002)

University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1999)