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Norton Basu LLP focuses on estate planning and probate issues throughout the Bay Area.  Founded by Zakiya Norton and Somita Basu, the firm provides real world advice to clients in order to get real results in the most practical way possible.

Norton Basu LLP is helping thousands of people who are concerned about protecting their families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death. Through the utilization of in person seminars, T.V. interviews, podcasts, video presentations, and articles/blogs, Norton Basu LLP is championing the use of revocable living trusts as a proven way to protect families from the expense and delay of probate and to minimize or eliminate federal estate tax.

Our firm is staffed with professionals who have significant experience in the complex areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration and probate/trust litigation. The mission of each member of our team is to help you accomplish your estate planning goals and to take the mystery out of the estate planning process. Your estate planning documents will be explained to you in straightforward language you and your family can understand. We will also accompany each trust we draft with a summary page highlighting all of the major points within your trust for easy reference. You can save reading the rest for when you’re facing insomnia.

We are dedicated to helping people just like you ease the burden on family members left behind.  If you take advantage of our services today, your loved ones will be relieved of the stress and expense of needless attorney’s fees and court involvement in settling your estate. Most importantly, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved ones will be taken care of and protected.

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Zakiya McCullough

Zakiya Norton

Founding Principal and Partner of Norton Basu LLP

Zakiya Norton is a Founding Principal of Norton Basu LLP.  Admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 2010 and the California State Bar in 2013, Ms. Norton has experience in all aspects of litigation.  She currently focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, conservatorships and litigation issues.

Ms. Norton is committed to keeping her client’s interests at heart and reaching timely resolutions of difficult situations.  Within the estate planning field she handles a number of complex issues ranging from preparation of wills and revocable living trusts to forming family limited partnerships and limited liability companies.   Ms. Norton makes it a priority to provide individualized counseling and representation in all areas of estate planning and listens carefully to her client’s problems to deliver representation that is both thoughtful and effective.

Ms. Norton is a member of the American Bar Association, including its section on Real Property, Trusts and Estates.  Ms. Norton is also a member of  BWLNC (Black Women Lawyers of Northern California), the Charles Houston Bar Association and the California Association of Black Lawyers.

After graduating from law school, she gained civil litigation experience at a general practice, civil litigation law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ms. Norton is dedicated to giving back to her community and continues to do extensive volunteer work.

A native of the Bay Area, Ms. Norton grew up in Milpitas and currently resides in the South Bay with her family.

Somita Basu

Somita Basu

Founding Principal and Partner

Somita Basu is a Founding Principal of Norton Basu LLP.  Ms. Basu began her career in financial services and insurance and has lived and worked across the globe, working with blue chip Fortune 500 companies.  Her career has taken her from the New York City metropolitan area to India and Singapore, where she gained a unique perspective on global business practices and cultures.   She has worked in senior management positions with a culturally diverse workforce.

Having lived abroad for 13 years, Ms. Basu is particularly sensitive to how different cultural views can influence decision-making and risk appetite.  She brings this holistic outlook to help her clients address legal problems, always taking the time to explain issues in terms clients can easily understand.

Ms. Basu addresses complex issues in estate planning and probate cases, always keeping in mind the cultural ramifications of immigrant cultures. Ms. Basu is an experienced writer, having worked on international speeches and articles while based in Singapore, and contributes to the Norton Basu blog.

Ms. Basu is a member of the American Bar Association, including its section on Real Property, Trusts and Estates.  She is also a member of the Silicon Valley Bar Association, which focuses exclusively on the issues of estate planning and probate.   She is actively engaged in pro bono representation and has volunteered significant time with legal aid services organizations.

Ms. Basu currently lives in the South Bay area with her family.