Douglas M. Buchanan practices estate, elder, corporate and real estate law alongside his paralegal wife Deirdre in Arroyo Grande. Their small, family-run practice provides an informal, yet professional environment for Doug to get to know his clients and build your trust in dealing with sensitive matters such as wills, trusts and health care directives.
Doug received his Juris Doctor degree from Golden State University School of Law in San Francisco in 1986. He was class president and also contributed to the Law Review. After a stint as a Navy JAG (Judge Advocate General Corps), he practiced private law in Southern California as well as North Carolina before settling his family in San Luis Obispo in 1997.
Doug is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and a volunteer attorney with the SLO Senior Legal Services Project.
Far from the fast-pace, high-stress life of the civil litigator he once was, Doug focuses on his priorities, planning and decision-making rather than litigation. Doug's goal is to enhance the well being of his clients and their families now and in the future. With his knowledge and understanding of estate planning, elder, corporate and real estate law, Doug provides you with the necessary information to make informed decisions.
On a visit to his wife's native Scotland, a family friend at the St. Andrews Links golf course had told Doug, "Let me know if you ever want a job!" So Doug placed the call. The Buchanans packed their bags and headed to Scotland. While Deirdre's family celebrated the opportunity to share time with their daughter and her family, Doug worked as a groundskeeper at St. Andrews. Doug's time enjoying his family and working on the greens made him realize that a career should enhance a family's quality of life, not overshadow it as his previous career had.
Rejuvenated by a year and a half in Scotland, the Buchanan family returned to the United States. In August of 1997, the Buchanans landed in San Luis Obispo, thanks to a tip from Deirdre's Scottish uncle in Solvang. By October, Doug had established his law practice focusing on estate law, probate, wills and trusts, trust administration, elder law, and corporate law.
The family has truly embraced the SLO life. Doug and Deirdre work together at their law practice. Far from the high-pressure life he once lived as a litigator, Doug's practice allows him to do what he's always wanted. "I can slow down and take my time with clients. I want to provide good information and give them clarity and peace of mind."
Doug still golfs and the family loves to ski together. They explore beaches, have bonfires and barbeques with friends, and play tennis. Their Arroyo Grande home allows them to observe wildlife in their own backyard. Doug's two older children are creating their own futures.