In Memoriam…William Holsman 1931 – 2015

It is with great respect and sadness we pay tribute to our firm’s founder, Bill Holsman, Holsman & MacArthur
Bill Holsman. He died peacefully in July 2015 after a brief illness.

For 40+ years, Bill focused his practice on trusts, estate planning, probate and real estate. His broad expertise included working with planned charitable giving, nonprofit organizations, closely-held corporations, limited liability company law and family limited partnerships.

He truly loved helping clients organize and understand their assets and family relationships, while providing them with financial options.

Bill was a certified specialist in trusts and estates and received an AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest of Martindale-Hubbell peer reviews.

He was admitted to the California Bar, to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1967.

Education and early career
Bill began his career in trust, planning and administration as a trust officer at Crocker National Bank in the mid-1960s. Not long after, he established his own practice in San Francisco, specializing in estate planning, trusts, probate and real estate transactions. He was a member of the Northern California Planned Giving Council for more than 20 years.

An Illinois native, Bill attended the University of Chicago Law School and Lincoln University (LL.B., 1961), and received his B.A. from the University of Chicago. He spoke Spanish and studied comparative Law at the University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

On the personal side
Bill enjoyed hiking, backpacking and brushing up on his Spanish on trips to Spain, Nicaragua and Mexico. He was a fan of the movies, especially films by Akira Kurosawa. Bill appreciated the symphony and art and was an avid reader. He had been an active supporter of his church and community organizations.

We celebrate Bill’s personal and professional leadership, impact and insight. He is sorely missed.

San Francisco Chronicle obituary