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I will be pleased to answer any of your estate planning questions on topics such as wills, trusts, nomination of child guardians, how to avoid probate, how to reduce or eliminate death taxes, durable powers of attorney, probate, conservatorships, special needs child planning, and elder law. Thanks.

Experience in the area

Fifteen years as an attorney, and training in Estate Planning at the Law Office of Diedre Wachbrit, APC, Westlake Village, CA.


CA State Bar, Pepperdine Center for Estate and Gift Planning, Tarzana Chamber of Commerce, Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, Los Angeles Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association


The Transnational Lawyer, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Legal Journal.


Graduated in top 1/3 of class from U.C. Berkeley;
Graduated in top 10% of class from UOP, McGeorge School of Law.

Awards and Honors

Undergraduate: Traynor Honor Society
Law School: Phi Delta Phi Legal Society

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am working toward be certified as an Estate Planning attorney.

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Recent Answers from Kris Paden

2016-10-25 trust: minor children now adults:

Hi, thanks for your question. There's not enough information for me to answer this question. That being said, if it's a revocable trust that you created alone or with your spouse, leaving your estate to

2016-08-11 would the govt. keep assets with no executor:

Hi, Lee. Thanks for your question. Your Will itself may say what happens if your Executor dies before you or is otherwise not available. If so, the court (assuming there is probate court in Colorado) will

2015-04-16 Sale of home in Calif/in trust:

Hi, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. The four beneficiaries (your sibings) WOULD ALL HAVE TO AGREE. You might consider jointly picking a realtor and making assure it appraises at a fair value so that she

2013-03-10 Will and Trusts:

Hi, Michael, thanks for your questions.  I don't know if your state has specific laws, procedures or common practices that would answer your questions more specifically and you should talk to an attorney

2012-07-26 Probate Law:

Hi, Claire.  It depends what the trust says.  It may say that each spouse can change the trust as to their own separate property and their share of the community property.  You have to have a lawyer look


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