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About Law Offices of Margaret S. Tillinghast


"Remember, a Law Suit Is an Act of Violence Against Another Person!"

In more than twenty years of practicing family law and estate planning, we have learned the truth of that statement, made by a very wise constitutional law professor our first day of class. A lawsuit takes on a life of its own, creating stress and consuming precious time and energy, for the folks on both sides ... there is an option for family law issues – mediation!
For better or worse, statistics support the fact that family law issues bring more folks into contact with our legal system than almost any other legal issue. Because this is true, it is important for those seeking services to consider carefully the option available for resolution of the daunting issues they are facing. The first choice is the manner chosen to resolve the family's legal needs.
Our Bay Area law firm is dedicated to the resolution of family law disputes in as peaceful and amicable manner as possible. Through the years we have learned that families going through separation, divorce, or other family issues who choose mediation, negotiation or collaboration as their means of resolving disputes are more satisfied with the settlements that they are able to reach than those who choose to litigate.
We also draft living trusts, simple wills, powers of attorney and other estate related documents. While these are not generally contested issues when you undertake to engage in estate planning, the process does require some looking inward and making decisions that will have long reaching effects on you and your family.
Living Trusts, as most folks are aware, are almost a necessity when one is a home owner. This kind of estate planning allows assets to pass to heirs without the need to probate the estate in court. 
The Law Offices of Margaret S. Tillinghast is family owned and operated here in Daly City, California. Our services are highly professional, yet with a personal touch.

We Are Committed to Helping Our Clients Resolve Their Issues in an Amicable Manner!

Maggie was admitted to practice in CA in 1990 upon graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law in May, 1990. She became a Certified Family Law Specialist, CA Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of CA in 2003. Maggie has been in private practice since 1994, having an office first in San Francisco, moving to Daly City in 2000.
Maggie earned her undergraduate degree, from MSU Billings, graduating summa cum laude in 1978, with an extended major in psychology.
Prior to attending law school and becoming a divorce attorney near San Francisco, Maggie was a business entrepreneur, owning and operating women's shoe stores in Montana for several years.
Maggie has two grown children; a daughter who lives in Billings, Montana and a son and daughter-in-law who live in San Francisco.
Over the years, Maggie has served on bar committees San Francisco where issues of parent education and child custody were addressed and implemented by the courts. 
For relaxation, Montana is where you will find Maggie. She spends time there twice each year, climbing mountains in Glacier National Park, taking photographs of the scenery and wildlife, communing with Nature in the peaceful space that is Montana, tending to her herb and flower gardens, reading, listening to good music, and enjoying her friends! In the Bay Area, activities such as MOMA, DeYoung, the ocean, and the many actives unique to the area provide good quality time away from the office. She also tends a beautiful garden that is part of her office.

Contact Information

Law Offices of Margaret S. Tillinghast
2171 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Suite 700
Daly City, CA 94014

Phone: 650-991-4700
Fax: 650-991-1650
Business Hours:
​Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
Saturday-Sunday, Closed