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Law Offices of

Heather Reynolds

Limited Liability Law Company

California Estate Planning

81% of all women and 43% of all men
experience sexual assault or harassment
in their lifetimes.
Only 23% of incidents are even reported.  

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3 Reasons Why ALL CALIFORNIANS
Need an Estate Plan

1. PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN

The number one goal for most of my clients is to protect their children’s futures.  The difference between you having an estate plan and not having one can be monumental for your children.  If you don’t use a trust to plan for your untimely death or incapacitation, you will be relying on a probate court judge to make decisions for them.

2. INCAPACITATION

It’s not just about what happens when you die; it’s also about your health care decisions and who handles your finances if you’re incapacitated.  If you become incapacitated and don’t have an Advance Healthcare Directive or a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, your healthcare and financial world will be supervised by the probate court judge for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.

3. AVOID PROBATE COURT

In California, if you own a home or have more than $150,000, your estate WILL end up in Probate if you fail to create and fund a living trust.

Why avoid Probate?

  • Probate Is Expensive:  It will cost at least $40,000 on a home that is worth $800,000.
  • Probate Is Long: Even if everything goes well, your loved ones will be tied up the Probate process for at least a year.
  • Probate Is Public: During Probate, your death certificate and all of your assets become public record, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft…which your loved ones would be responsible for cleaning up.

If you like the idea of the State of California making all your important decisions, then don’t create an estate plan.

Now Is the Time to Complete Your Estate Plan!

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 fee-based 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).

You Don’t Have To Be Wealthy or Famous to Set up a Trust

 

In California, you just need more than $184,500 of assets total (so if you own a home, for example). Do NOT subtract your mortgage or debt when you determine the amount of your estate.

How do you want to protect and provide for your children when you are no longer here?

Authenticity Is Important In Every Aspect of Life

 

Shouldn’t your estate plan reflect your authentic self too?  Why go cookie cutter on something so important?  If you already have one –bravo — let’s upgrade it – if not, let’s create it! 

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

~ Brene Brown

What Clients Are Saying

“Thank you so much for your help with my Mother’s estate. Your competence & kindness made a big difference to me.   I’ll must certainly remember you to future needs & referrals.“

– M.L.

“The attorney we are working with, Heather Reynolds, is wonderful- intelligent, well-informed, professional and also very personable and caring. And to top it off, her fees seem to be very reasonable.”

– J.V.      

“Thank you so much for your kindness, your words of hope. I sure didn’t expect you to get it all done before surgery. Thank you for making me feel so taken care of.

– R.H.

“Thank you very much for your time and information.  I trust your expertise, and it is a tremendous comfort to know that my husband and I are in such a good hands with you.”

– G.B.

“Thank you so much for helping me to write my Will. I was really appreciative about the whole process — you made it so easy.”

– B.D.

“I wanted to write my own personal thank you note on doing such a great job helping us feel secure about the future of our family.”

– L.A.  

Enjoy the Freedom of Choosing Now What Happens to Your Estate in the Future.

Learn how you can use your freedom of choice to create an estate plan that truly represents who you are in life and in death.

As you find your true expression, you’ll want it to continue even after you’re “gone.”  It is time to think of the legacy you will leave behind – your unique imprint on this planet. 

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Heather Reynolds
Survivor's Attorney

About Heather Reynolds

 

Heather’s passion for women’s rights began when she spent a year in Istanbul, Turkey, as a student ambassador through Rotary International. Little did she know she had been purchased at a Rotary auction by the highest bidder to tutor the nine-year-old daughter of a Turkish businessman. 

Upon Heather’s arrival in Turkey, she soon learned the host mother’s nose had been recently broken by the host father.

Heather was not allowed to leave the apartment for 6 months except to attend school. She was 19 at the time. After secretly negotiating to find a new host family with her school counselor, Heather was finally allowed to be escorted outside the home.

Upon returning to the United States after this life-changing year, Heather completed her college studies and enrolled into the Georgetown Law Center. She focused on Civil and Human Rights winning the national Pro Bono Publico award for her non-profit project empowering service workers on Capital Hill.  The Capital was considered the “Last Plantation” because of its racial divide.

Heather chose Georgetown Law Center because it was the only law school with a clinic where she could learn to draft and pass federal legislation, and so she did, on behalf of people with disabilities. 

While there, she volunteered to work on a class action lawsuit brought by the Washington, D.C., female prison guards for sexual harassment and assault by the male guards that made her Istanbul experience seem like a walk in the park.

After lobbying with talking points on Capital Hill, she realized that lawmaking wasn’t based on merit, truth or even common sense, but mostly on wealth, privilege and retaining both.  

In hopes of making a difference without losing her soul, she followed her passion for social justice to finish law school at Boalt Hall, Berkeley, California, where she became a civil rights attorney under the mentorship of Pamela Price and George Holland, both esteemed African-American litigation attorneys in Oakland. 

Over 20 years later, Heather continues to transform the practice of law by balancing a traditionally masculine system with feminine wisdom and instead of looking for power outside of herself, she finds it within.  She’s not willing to settle for basic human rights.  She wants ALL of us to reach our greatest potential — freedom and fulfillment for all. 

She hopes that one day, everyone, everywhere can know and expect informed consent to be the norm in a world where everyone feels safe.