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Law Offices of

Heather Reynolds

Quality Estate Planning for California and Hawai’i

3 Ways to Complete Your Estate Plan

Californian Estate Plans, Trust Administration & Probate

At the Law Offices of Heather Reynolds, I personally create custom estate plans for a select few California families. After almost 20 years of focusing my law practice on estate planning, probate, and trust administration, I have drafted thousands of family trusts.  See my bio below.

I am passionate about making sure my client wishes are followed and about avoiding the California court system called “probate.”  It’s my job to make the process as easy as possible, so if any barriers stand in your way to completion, we overcome them together. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind that you, your loved ones and your property will be protected during your lifetime and afterward.

I offer a complimentary consultation to identify what you need, what it may cost and see if we’re a ‘good fit.’  I take on families that work well together and have the ability to meet me online (on the computer screen).

I also assist families after death or incapacity with trust administration and probate.

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Hawaiian
Estate Planning

Having moved to the Big Island over 5 years ago, I love to help Hawaiian families retain as much sovereignty as possible under the current probate laws.

Most people don’t realize that everyone has an estate plan. It’s just that many of us didn’t write our own – the State of Hawai’i wrote it for us. The State assumes it knows our wishes unless and until we opt out.

We opt-out of the probate court’s control over our lives and deaths by writing a clear last will and testament, sometimes a family trust, always a power of attorney for finances, an advance healthcare directive, and various other supporting documents. That means everyone over the age of 18 needs an estate plan of their own. Not all suffering can be avoided in life, but why not make things easier for our loved ones whenever we can?

Currently serving Kona and Waimea as a paralegal with the Law Offices of E. F. Cash-Dudley. I have applied to pass the Hawai’i Bar Exam in 2020.

Luxury Estate Planning for Californians Travelling to Hawaii

Imagine a week in paradise to complete your estate plan with plenty of time. Most of us squeeze out a couple of hours on a weekend to quickly find the answers to some of the most important decisions we’ll ever make – who will raise our children if we’re not here, for example.

The quality of your plan depends on the quality of your answers. Imagine what’s possible if you’re not drafting it from fear, but from “how can I contribute?” What if your estate plan was just a continuation of your life’s purpose beyond your physical form?  Sometimes we’re able to accomplish more even AFTER were gone, if we put our mind to it and our heart in it.

I recommend starting your stay with a massage, a day at the beach, and a good night sleep at a local Bed & Breakfast.  Let attorney Heather Reynolds do the heavy lifting – the documents themselves while you enjoy a romantic tropical getaway or a nature adventure.

You’ll leave with an aloha glow and having completed your entire estate plan, and if you own a business, your estate plan is actually “business succession planning” for tax purposes.

Heather Reynolds’ Bio

Attorney-at-Law

Heather Reynolds has focused her law career solely on California Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law since she opened her own law firm over 20 years ago. Her two years prior experience as a successful civil rights litigator in Oakland gave her a practical perspective on the benefits of keeping her clients out of court whenever possible. To this day, she remains passionate about her clients’ freedom from government control by helping them avoid probate.

In 2003, she became a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Attorney Heather Reynolds (formerly Heather Tremain) was featured in Forbes Magazine in December 2009, as one of the top 10 providers of legal services in the State of California, as determined by Goldline Research.

By 2016, she had represented thousands of clients and was voted “Best Attorney” in Alameda, California (Alameda Magazine 2016).

Having graduated with honors from Georgetown Law Center in 1998, she spent her final year of law school at Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, as a visiting scholar where she also made the honors list. She is currently admitted to practice law before the California Superior and Supreme Court as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern District.

Since 2016, when she sold her firm, she spends much of her time on the Big Island of Hawaii, she continues to work with California clients remotely. She particularly enjoys coaching attorneys and Legal Document Assistants with regard to estate planning. Those who have hired her to prepare for the Certified Legal Specialist exam have a 100% pass rate.

She currently works with the law offices of E.F. Cash-Dudley as an estate planning paralegal, but has applied for entrance to the Hawai’i State Bar as well.

Read more about Heather’s work in this Huffington Post article!

Take a look at the Forbes Magazine article.