Daniel G. Van Slyke

Associate Attorney, Estate Planning at CunninghamLegal

“Knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced” best describe attorney Daniel Van Slyke. Licensed to practice law in three states, and with a doctorate to his name, Daniel knows how to navigate the complexities of law while easing the concerns of his clients through his empathy and expertise in delivering a well-drafted Estate Plan.

Daniel began his legal career in litigation, where he soon developed an expertise in probate litigation. Following the death of a loved one, many families are in the midst of overcoming loss and often feel confused by the legal processes that must be followed. Daniel’s expertise and patient manner enabled him to guide people through painful and difficult times.

After observing the stressful, expensive, and uncertain results of litigation, Daniel decided to devote his legal career to helping people avoid litigation whenever they can. He developed his skills in estate planning to help his clients and their families stay out of the courts as much as possible.

“I became a lawyer so I could help people navigate the law – and therefore the world – more effectively.”

A Willingness to Help

Daniel loves working with individuals and families to accomplish their Estate Planning goals and to ensure that their needs and wishes are fulfilled. He has two main goals in this work. First, he strives to leave his clients with peace of mind about their estates. Second, he aims to arrange his clients’ estates so their loved ones and favored charities receive the best results possible—for example, by mitigating taxes and avoiding the expenses and stress of probate.

Among Daniel’s pro bono contributions, his favorite has been working with indigent elderly inner-city residents at state bar-sponsored “wills clinics.” About this work, Daniel says he enjoys relieving clients’ anxieties and helping them protect their loved ones into the future. Daniel also advises non-profit organizations.

With a long history of involvement in the special needs community, Daniel is especially passionate about special needs planning. He helps clients plan special needs trusts and other tools to protect their loved ones for life and to avoid the loss of benefits.

Experience You Can Trust

Daniel took and passed not one, but three bar exams. He is licensed to practice law in California, Texas, and Missouri—and one of Daniel’s specialties is updating the estate plans of clients who are relocating from one state to another.

Originally from New York, Daniel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. He earned an M.A. at the University of Dallas and a Ph.D. at Saint Louis University. Daniel has published dozens of articles, edited journals and books, and taught graduate students how to research and write. His love of research serves him well as an estate planning attorney, where he continuously studies to offer the best services possible to his clients.

Daniel earned his Juris Doctor at Texas A&M University School of Law. He served on the law review staff, competed in moot court, and worked as a teaching assistant for the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing classes. He graduated magna cum laude.

Solutions and Successes

Daniel has experienced many successes in court and benefitted many clients. He continues to expand his knowledge and practice of law, as it is continually changing. He says he prides himself in keeping abreast of Estate Planning law and related matters, including family law.

Daniel’s ability to go straight to the solution of a problem is illustrated by a case he handled in which real property had been transferred into the Living Trust of a deceased couple. Although the couple appeared to have an Estate Plan, no one had a copy of the trust or knew who the successor trustee was—a basic but terrible trust mistake! Daniel petitioned the court to appoint a successor trustee and then worked with the trustee on a plan to liquidate the property and distribute the proceeds among the couple’s heirs. The plan cleared the title to the property, paid the couple’s creditors, and left money for their beneficiaries. Of the experience, Daniel said, “I love finding solutions to legal issues that prove to be a win-win for everyone involved.”

Creating Connections

Daniel believes there is a direct correlation between the mind, the body, and the ability to serve others. As such, Daniel both constantly pursues learning and starts every day with strength training. When not at work, Daniel can be found reading a book (in English, Latin, French, Spanish, or Italian!) and exercising around Southern California. Daniel is motivated to connect with others and finds enjoyment and satisfaction in helping his clients create the best possible estate plan.

Contact Us Today

Daniel G. Van Slyke and our full team of attorneys can help you with advanced Estate, Trust, and Tax Planning from any of our offices throughout Northern and Southern California. We offer in-person, phone, and Zoom appointments. Request an appointment online or call (866) 988-3956.

At CunninghamLegal, we guide savvy, caring families in the protection and transfer of multi-generational wealth.

Attorney Daniel G. Van Slyke