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.
A modern estate plan should include more than just passing financial wealth to the next generation.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 is a member of:
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:
Erica Fox is our Estate Planning Specialist and has been with us since 2014. 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, taking her two teenage sons to the dirt bike track, traveling and finding adventures near or far, or simply enjoying a glass of wine while binge-watching TV or Giants games during baseball season.
Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Communications and minor in creative writing. After graduating, she followed her passion and started her own book publishing company where she helped authors achieve their dream of publishing and assisted them throughout the entire process. She also provided marketing communications and publicity services to small businesses and organizations in her area. Her experience and expertise include writing, editing, book publishing, public relations, marketing communications, administration, and customer service. Kelly is also a Certified Wellness Coaching Specialist and Life Coach. Throughout the years, she has also volunteered for a number of organizations, including national business organizations and her local library, and enjoys being a part of her community and helping others.
Outside of work, Kelly is an avid reader. She loves books, gardening, cooking, watching tv shows and movies (especially comedies), and spending time with her family and her cat.
Melinda graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Chicano Studies. While at UC Santa Barbara, she worked closely with the Community of Isla Vista, the City of Santa Barbara, and the University to co-found a teen center for at-risk youth called the Isla Vista Teen Center. The Teen Center today still assists youth with their educational needs and places them on a college bound track.
In her quest for a higher education, Melinda graduated with honors from the University of La Verne with a Masters in Public Administration.
After more than 15 years in the non-profit sector, Melinda decided to pursue a legal career when she saw horrible injustices occurring within her community. She graduated top of her class from the American Bar Association Accredited, Post Bachelorette Paralegal program at the University of California Los Angeles.
She is currently utilizing her education and experience with assisting the community with legal issues as a Paralegal. Melinda has more than 17 years of paralegal experience in the areas of Family Law, Civil, Bankruptcy, Business, Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, and many other areas.