Buckwalter & Holder

Buckwalter & Holder

An Association of Attorneys Protecting you, your Property, and your Legacy

Preparation and opportunity are key ingredients to success. Such is the case at Buckwalter & Holder, An Association of Attorneys, where a third evolution is underway with Nicholas Holder’s acquisition of Philip Buckwalter’s law practice at 9053 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

Firm’s Legacy

HolderBuckwalter_Philip-Buckwalter Holder Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comMuch the same way Buckwalter acquired Richard Klein’s practice in 1986, Philip Buckwalter’s transition to retirement from 29 years of law practice presented Holder with the perfect opportunity to relocate his practice and build on the firm’s history of success. Going forward, Buckwalter will remain “of counsel” with an exclusive and important relationship to the firm.

Nicholas Holder

HolderBuckwalter_Nicholas-Holder Holder Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comWith a degree in psychology, Nicholas Holder found a fulfilling and purposeful career spanning the mental health systems in Santa Cruz and San Jose where he served individuals conserved under the Lanterman-Petris Short Act (legislation passed in the 1970’s aimed at protecting the mentally ill). His work at the intersection of mental health, public policy and the legal system demonstrated the need for lawyers informed in the advocacy and interests of those with special needs. Law school was the avenue to magnify his value to this population and others.

Holder is a compassionate attorney who takes pride in helping clients make informed decisions in the areas of estate planning, will and trust formation and administration, property law, business law, personal rights, and litigation. The firm’s estate practice encompasses individual and institutional clients in the areas including asset protection, business succession planning, charitable giving, and estate litigation. Holder also presides over housing disputes as a mediator for the City of San Jose.

Firm’s Approach

HolderBuckwalter_mAldenPeterson Holder Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comAttorneys and clients should work in concert, Holder believes, to achieve the client’s goals. Known for his efficient and clear pursuit of justice, helping people settle their disagreements in an efficient and amicable manner is a strong attraction to his many clients. Holder’s experience with the mental health community adds a sensitive touch to family law for those of us with loved ones needing any kind of special considerations.

Holder’s hometown friend since childhood, M. Alden Peterson is central to firm’s continuing success. Having worked for Buckwalter while at UCSC, Peterson later worked at Dunlap & Burdick as a paralegal until Burdick donned his judicial robes. Peterson later managed a team of paralegals for Carr & Ferrell in Menlo Park.

Peterson looks forward to completing Santa Clara Law School and being sworn in as an attorney in December 2017. Holder and Peterson are excited to build on the firm’s tradition, combining Santa Cruz values with Silicon Valley experience and technology.

With this third evolution of preparation and opportunity, we have a family orientated legal practice offering a winning combination of friendliness, professionalism, and enthusiasm. With their personable approach and efficient use of technology, the firm looks forward to discussing your concerns, providing you with best options, and achieving resolutions that restore your peace of mind.


Buckwalter & Holder An Association of Attorneys Protecting you, your property, and your legacy. 9053 Soquel Dr Suite 206, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone:(831) 688-0163, Website: buckwalterlaw.com Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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