Attorneys at Law

Gale & Nielsen

Reliable Solutions.

Fair Price.


Legal solutions and fair deals in Humboldt County since 1998

Based in Eureka, California, Gale & Nielsen represents families and businesses in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties. Our firm specializes in all Trusts and Estates matters, with a particular focus on planning around the challenges that elderly or disabled people face.

We also counsel small business owners on contracts, family succession planning, and legal compliance issues. 

Our attorneys have been practicing in Eureka for nearly twenty years. We aim to give you effective legal solutions at a fair price. We offer fixed fees for most estate plans.

We'll can offer a thirty-minute meeting to discuss your case at no charge. You can also use the contact form below to inquire by email whether our services are right for you.




2850 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503

(707) 269-0167


Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

We are a full-service estate planning firm. We prepare wills, trusts, and powers of attorney with attention to detail, but we keep the price fair by not over-complicating things. We can prepare complex plans that might include irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, estate tax and gifting strategies, and family business succession planning.


Our litigation practice focuses on the disputes that might arise in a regular person's lifetime: wills and trusts, property lines and easements, contract disputes, and business relationships. We seek common-sense resolutions that minimize the grinding delays and expense of formal litigation.


The decision to seek a conservatorship for an elderly parent or disabled child is often difficult. Our legal professionals guide clients through this complex and emotional process with precision and compassion.

BUSINESS organization and managment

Eureka has a strong culture of small independent businesses with unique legal needs. A small business lawyer must know the law, while respecting the need to solve problems on a tight budget. Our firm gives you practical advice to make intelligent business decisions in the real world.  

Medi-cal for long-term care

We have particular expertise in helping to plan for Medi-Cal long-term care eligibility, for family members whose care needs require around-the-clock care that can’t be provided at home. We analyze every family’s unique situation from scratch and develop individual plans that preserve family assets without cutting corners on federal or state law.  

Planning for Public Benefits Recipients

An inheritance or a legal settlement does not need to disqualify you for public benefits like SSI or Medi-Cal. We have deep experience with realistic and federally-sanctioned strategies that allow you to benefit from a lump-sum distribution while preserving your benefits.


We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
— Edmund Burke


No-Stress Inquiry.

Use the form below to contact Gale & Nielsen about your legal issue. A few sentences about what you need to accomplish, and what concerns you have, are usually enough to get started. You may also email or call us to make an appointment for a no-cost 30 minute discussion of your case.

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