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About Us

Helping Modern Families Create Modern Estate Plans

Our Focus

Planning and administration is all we do. We help modern families like yours plan for the future, preserve their wealth from the high cost of long-term care, provide for the future of their loved ones, and make the best legal decisions for themselves and the people they love.

We have a unique focus on planning for families with special needs loved ones and families concerned about protecting their life’s savings from the devastating costs of long-term care and qualifying for Medi-Cal; planning and estate administration to preserve personal and financial needs and goals, while helping make the best legal decisions for themselves and loved ones.

What Makes Our Planning Different

A modern estate plan should include more than just passing financial wealth to the next generation.

  • It's about people and relationships, not just the papers
  • It recognizes the issues of aging and disability, and not just death and taxes
  • It addresses the unique needs of modern families including longer lives, divorce and remarriage, blended families and special needs

Our process is designed to make your experience much different than it would be with a traditional estate planning lawyer. We’re not intimidating or stuffy and we don’t bill by the hour. We also know that the notion of putting together an estate plan can seem overwhelming at times.

Whether we’re developing a foundational estate plan, special needs plan, or elder law/Medi-Cal plan, our focus is always you, your personal and financial needs, and your goals.

Why Plan?

The simple answer is, to protect yourself and the people who are important to you, and make things easy for your family.

Your estate plan should provide detailed, clear, customized instructions for protecting your loved ones and handling your affairs.

Your plan communicates personal decisions.

It’s about you, your family, their needs and your goals. A good plan will do much more than just transfer financial wealth at death; it will pass along whole family wealth—your financial, spiritual, human and intellectual value. It will speak for you when you cannot be there or are unable to participate.

Your plan is more than just a set of documents.

Your plan is a set of life choices put down on paper. That’s why it’s important to work with a counseling-oriented attorney who takes the time to get to know you and your family. One who will design a plan upholding your goals so that you can be confident you’ve protected the people and things important to you. Work with an attorney you like and trust. One who will be there to help keep your plan up-to-date and, more importantly, who will be there to help when your family needs it most.

Your plan provides important protection.

Your plan will identify your hand-selected helpers to ensure that you receive the healthcare you need based on your preferences, and that someone is able to manage your finances without the interference and delays of the courts. Your plan will also help your loved ones avoid the high cost and delay of probate.

Your plan should give you peace of mind.

Your plan will ensure that your wishes are carried out just as you’ve specified. It’s a gift tailored to protect your loved ones and to make a time of transition smoother and more comfortable.

Heather Chubb

Heather R. Chubb is a Life Transitions Lawyer based in the Sacramento, California, area. Because she truly listens to her clients, Heather is able to transform clients’ visions into plans meeting all desires and exceeding expectations.

Heather is a member of:

  • The State Bar of California Trusts and Estates section
  • WealthCounsel, LLC, a national organization of professionals who design sophisticated planning techniques for individuals and families
  • ElderCounsel, a national organization of professionals focused on elder law
  • NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys), a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal services to people as they age and people with disabilities and special needs.

Heather is also a sought-after presenter with NBI, an organization providing continuing legal education to lawyers.

Heather lives in Orangevale with her husband and two sons. Before receiving her law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, cum laude, Heather received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and worked as an environmental consultant. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking, gardening, wine and photography. She and her family also enjoy fly-fishing and camping.

Heather has given many professional presentations over the years to her peers. See below for some of her most recent teaching events:

  • January 2018 - National Business Institute (attorneys)
    Probate:  Everything You Need to Know
  • June 2018 - National Business Institute (attorneys)
    Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide
  • January 2017 - National Business Institute (attorneys)
    Estate Administration From Start to Finish
  • June 2012 - National Business Institute (attorneys)
    Trusts 101
  • December 2013 - National Business Institute (attorneys)
    Probate Process From Start to Finish
  • September 2015 - Life Advantages (nationwide audience)
    Planning for Long Term Care: 7 Steps to Protect Your Independence
  • July 2019 - Professional Fiduciary Association of CA – Sacramento Chapter
    Discharge Fouls and Facilities Behaving Badly – How to Protect Your Clients From Improper Care Facility Discharges

Meet Our Amazing Office Staff

Erica Fox

Erica Fox

Estate Planning Specialist

Erica has been with us since 2014 and is our Estate Planning Legal Assistant. She is responsible for turning the personalized plan created in the client’s design meeting into reality. She is also our “funding guru” and works closely with clients to ensure that all assets are transferred to the client’s trust or otherwise owned in the best way possible to carry out the client’s intent. Erica keeps the process on track and is the key person to contact with information and questions during the estate plan process.

Outside of the office, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends, traveling and finding adventures near or far, and binge-watching TV.

Favorite Quote
Never be ashamed of a scar, it simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
Favorite Movie / TV Show
Dirty Dancing
Pat Pate

Pat Pate

Client Intake Coordinator

Pat is the friendly and patient voice you hear when calling the office. She specializes in ensuring an exceptional experience here at our firm and is the first point of contact for our clients and those seeking guidance with estate planning, elder law, special needs, and estate administration. She manages all calls, emails, client inquiries, and scheduling to gather the right information to address client intake and meeting needs.  

Outside of the office, Pat has a passion for travel and photography, and has ventured to France, Italy, Spain, England, and Peru. She also enjoys gardening, reading, writing, road trips, and time with her cat, Dusty.

Favorite Quote
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~Kahlil Gibran
Favorite Movie / TV Show
It’s A Wonderful Life

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Heather was wonderful. She explained, in understandable terms, why it is important to establish an estate plan. I never realized what would happen, without a plan in place, and we could not bear the thought of our child in arms of absolute strangers while the court system sorted out his future.

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