Estate Planning

Finch Montgomery Wright PC

Estate Planning


Barbara P. Wright concentrates her practice on: (1) estate planning, trusts and Wills, trust administration, probate and estate administration; and (2) nonprofit tax exempt charitable organizations.

She is a member of the Board of Directors, Secretary and Legal Counsel of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). She is also Secretary and Legal Counsel of The Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, The Packard Humanities Institute, and The Stanford Theatre Foundation. She was Secretary (1987–2008) and General Counsel (1998–2008) of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Barbara has represented other nonprofit organizations, including: Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford; and Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Barbara has a peer-review rating of AV® Preeminent™ in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating a lawyer can receive, since 1989.  More recently she has also received a rating of AV in both categories by the judiciary.

Barbara is currently Secretary of Sonoma Wire Works, a company founded by her son, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Albany International Corp. (1989–2005), the Board of Trustees of the Castilleja School Foundation (1992–1995), and the Vestry of Christ Church, Los Altos (1990–1993). She is a member of the Santa Clara County, California, and American Bar Associations.




350 Cambridge Ave #175
Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 327-0888

Areas of Practice


Tax Law

Trust Administration

Estate Planning


Non-Profit TAX exempt Charitable organizations