George R. Dirkes is a partner in the Greenbrae office of Bancroft & McAlister. He has been with Bancroft & McAlister and its predecessors since 1974. He represents individual clients with substantial wealth in estate planning, and matters relating to estate and trust administration.
In addition to representing trustees of family trusts, he represents trustees of private family charitable foundations.
George received his BA in political science from Bucknell University in 1964. He received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army between 1967 and 1969, he received his Master of Laws (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York State and California and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.
He and a colleague are co-authors
of a practice book entitled "California Trust Practice" published by LexisNexis (Matthew Bender) and updated annually. He is a contributing author to "California Will Drafting" (Continuing Education of the Bar). Additionally, he has lectured and written extensively in the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration
George is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, State Bar of California Board
of Legal Specialization. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is former chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Probate and Trust Law Section.
For a number of years George has been selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.” In addition, for the past several years George has been selected by his peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer”, placing him in the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California.
George is a former mayor of the Town of Ross, California (1985) and served as a planning commissioner of the City of Larkspur (1977-1979). From 1991 to 1999 he served on the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, serving as chair in 1998 and 1999.