Patricia's probate practice includes drafting wills/trusts, conservatorship (for an incapacitated adult), guardianship (for minors), POA and health care directives.  In addition, the Law Office handles adoption (step-parent, relative, and adult) and name change.

Estate Administration

Estate administration is a process. It involves people — your family, other individuals and, in many cases, charitable organizations of your choice. It also involves your assets (your property) and the various forms of ownership and title that those assets may take.

For more information on estate administration from the California Bar Association, please click the link below.

Wills

Your will is a legal document in which you give certain instructions to be carried out after your death.

For more information about wills from the

California Bar Association, please click the link below.

Living Trusts

A living trust is a written legal document that partially substitutes for a will. With a living trust, your assets (your home, bank accounts and stocks, for example) are put into the trust, administered for your benefit during your lifetime, and then transferred to your beneficiaries when you die.

Adoptions

Adoption is the legal process of establishing a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the child's biological or birth parent.

For more information on adoptions from the California Bar Association, please click the link below.

Guardianship

Guardianship is when a court orders someone other than the child’s parent to:

  • Have custody of the child; or
  • Manage the child's property (called "estate"); or
  • Both.

For more information on guardianship from the California Bar Association, please click the link below.