Areas of Legal Expertise

Our law firm is a professional Estate Planning and Bankruptcy practice committed to helping individuals, families, consumers, and small businesses obtain financial peace of mind.

About Us

 

Kayla Grant has been licensed to practice law in California since 2006.

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Prior to practicing bankruptcy and estate planning, Ms. Grant had experience with immigration law, workers’ compensation law, unlawful detainer and real estate law. She understands that for many people, facing financial and legal issues can be overwhelming. She takes the time to listen, understand your situation, and to explain all of your options to help you find the solution that best suits your needs. Oftentimes, bankruptcy is considered after job loss, divorce, or a serious medical condition changes your financial circumstances. As a San Francisco and Santa Rosa bankruptcy attorney, she has the ability to use bankruptcy to help people improve their financial situation. Kayla is well-known in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma County for the high-level of professional and personal service and attention that she offers her clients. Her goal is to provide individualized, caring and confidential legal services at a reasonable price to the community.

Our Work

Chapter 7 Liquidation:

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the individual is able to discharge all of his/her unsecured non-priority debt and also to keep certain exempt property. It is very important for an individual to hire a competent bankruptcy attorney to help protect his/her assets. Our office is well-qualified to carefully plan your bankruptcy in the most beneficial way for individuals, couples and small business owners when filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Re-Organization:

Chapter 13 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which permits reorganization to individuals and small business owners under the bankruptcy code of the United States.  This is a process where the debtor pays back as much of the debt as he/she can afford over a three (3) to five (5) year period of time.  Debtors are also able to take advantage of lien-stripping, where the value of their home has fallen below the balance of their first lien and therefore their second lien is no longer secured.

Estate Planning:

Our firm’s package includes the following five (5) documents and is all for one reasonable, flat-rate.

  • Trust;
  • Pour-over Will;
  • Advance Health Care Directive;
  • Durable Power of Attorney; and
  • Deed transfer of the first piece of real property.

It is important for you to discuss your options with an attorney to make sure you provide for your family in a manner fit for each of member.  For example, one of your desired beneficiaries may be a minor and need a Sprinkling Trust or Guardianship, and yet another may need a Special Needs Trust.  Our office takes the time to develop a relationship with each client and better understand your individual needs, so that we may better service you.

Estate Administration: 

If you have recently lost a loved one, and are in need of assistance as you administer (or distribute) an estate, then our office can inform you of your rights and options and seamlessly guide you through the estate administration. Estate administration refers to the process of distributing a decedent’s estate to all appropriate beneficiaries named in the decedent’s will or trust. If the decedent did not have a will, the estate will be administered according to the probate. A properly constructed will or trust can generally help you avoid the courts and the probate process. As an executor or administrator, you are going to be held to the highest standards of “fiduciary duty,” and you must act in the best interests of the beneficiaries and the estate.  In order to avoid future liability, it is important to consult with an attorney about your rights and responsibilities during the estate administration process.

Probate:

In the event that a will or trust was not drafted (intestate) or drafted improperly (testate), then the administrator or executor of the will has to go through this court ordered estate administration process.  Probate in California takes between nine (9) months to a year and a half to complete, therefore, it can be cumbersome and tedious for the layperson handling the estate.  In order to increase the likelihood that this process is done correctly and smoothly, it is prudent to hire an attorney to guide you through this process.  Note, the legal fees for probate are set by the local court guidelines.

 

 

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