Marinus H. Goossens
Marinus (“Mark”) H. Goossens is an attorney at law permitted to practice in the State of California. He practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Taxation, Guardianship and Conservatorship, some Family Law and general litigation. With offices conveniently located in San Francisco and San Mateo, he assists clients all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark Goossens studied both business and law. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, and, after law school, obtained an LL.M. degree in taxation law. He likes to joke that he is an attorney “who understands numbers” and that he “didn’t go to law school because he doesn’t like math.” Prior to becoming an attorney, Mark worked as a project manager for financial institutions. He applies the project management skills acquired there to navigate his clients through complex legal processes, making sure they understand every step of the way.
“What drives me is that I want to be a problem solver for my clients. Professionally, it is extremely satisfying to be able to do that,” says Mark Goossens. “Life is getting more and more complicated. People are busy and typically do not have time to address legal issues themselves. By practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Taxation, and Family Law, I am well-positioned to assist with some of the most common problems individuals, families and business owners face. Typical questions people have are: How do we protect our property from expensive and lengthy probate proceedings or estate taxation? Should we enter into marital agreements (whether pre or postnuptial)? How does my deceased parents’ house pass to their children? How do I deal with my business in matters of divorce or inheritance? Who will manage my children’s inheritance if I die too young? All these questions deal with property distribution and, often just around the corner, tax law. By practicing in all these areas, I am able to use my expertise in one area in the other areas.”
Before moving to the United States, Mark Goossens worked as a management consultant and project manager for various financial institutions in the Netherlands. For companies such as SNS Reaal and Achmea he analyzed and redesigned business processes, developed project plans and supervised project implementation teams. Thereafter, he ventured on a solo backpacking trip around the world, which lasted 17 months. After meeting his now-wife at approximately 17,000 feet in the Annapurnas in Nepal, he tracked her to San Francisco, ultimately emigrated to the United States, and became a U.S. citizen.
When he is not practicing law, Mark Goossens is trying to stay in shape in order to stay ahead, as long as is feasible, of his two young sons. More tranquil, and perhaps more realistic, interests are growing succulents on his home patio, photography, and reading books on history, politics and philosophy. He has a long-held desire to learn to play an instrument, and recently started practicing on the ukulele.