Christine C. Weiner, Esq.
Attorney Christine C. Weiner provides comprehensive, highly personalized estate planning counsel to couples, families, individuals and businesses. As the firm’s founder, Christine upholds the highest standard of client services, scholarship and lawyer accessibility. She listens closely to her clients’ goals, dreams and concerns, and then works with her clients to develop superior individualized plans. Christine is committed to helping her clients understand that the foundation of estate planning is not just saving tax dollars, but also appreciating the value of planning for themselves and their loved ones, in order to Leave a Lasting Legacy®.
A respected teacher and lecturer, Christine serves as counsel to accountants, lawyers, financial planners, insurance professionals, charitable organizations and the public. Christine has spoken to groups at such varied locations as art galleries, public libraries, hotels, resorts, and at lawyer functions, such as bar association groups and continuing education events. Christine has spoken at many professional continuing education programs for National Business Institute.
Christine is a charter member of WealthCounsel, a prestigious group of nationally recognized estate planning professionals. Christine is a member of Orange County-PPP (Partnership for Philanthropic Planning). Christine serves on Advisory Boards to national and local charities, including Desert Communities California State University campus, College of the Desert campus, The Community Foundation of The Desert, and Eisenhower Medical Center. Christine is also President of Desert Estate Planning Council and a Board Member of The Willows Foundation in Laguna Hills, CA.
Christine is a graduate of Western State University, College of Law, where she was selected to be Editor-in-Chief of Law Review. There she graduated Summa Cum Laude, as Salutatorian, ranked number two of her law school class.
Prior to receiving her law degree, Christine received her Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., coupled by a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington State University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving her Master of Arts degree, Christine served as a civilian employee in the United States Department of State foreign aid program for a three-year term in Washington, D.C. Christine served as a Foreign Relations Officer in the India Desk Office, and as a Management Intern in the Vietnam Refugee Bureau program.
Christine has been certified as a Legal Specialist in the field of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization, since 2004, and is a member of the Estate and Trust Section and the Taxation Section. Christine is also a member of the American Bar Association, and their Real Estate, Trust and Estate, and Taxation Sections. Christine is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, and is a member of their Trust, Real Estate and Tax Sections. She is licensed to practice law in all the Courts of California, The California Supreme Court, and the Federal District Court.
Publications include a book entitled Your Life, Your Legacy: The Fundamentals of Effective Estate Planning, with a foreword by Christine C. Weiner, M.A., J.D.
Christine was quoted in the December, 2006 issue of “Palm Springs Life,” magazine, in an article about how to plan for your art and other collectibles, including coins, jewelry, etc.
Recent speaking credits include:
“For California Doctors: A Guide to Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning”, a Seminar presented at The Ritz Restaurant, Newport Beach, California.
“Five Myths of Estate Planning” Seminar
Sun City, California
National Business Institute:
"The Probate Process from Start to Finish", July 17, 2015
“The Fundamentals of Estate Planning”;***
“Asset Protection Traps For The Unwary: Fraud, Funding And Future Interests” ***
“Charitable Giving: The Income, Gift, and Estate Tax Principles and Practices” ***
“Ethical Issues in Estate Planning”***
“Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts”***
“Pros and Cons of ILITS”***
“ILITS: Legislative & Case Law”***
“What You Need To Know About Working With The Client (Estate Planning) ***
*** all these programs provided Continuing Education for Lawyers (MCLE credits); CPAs, and CFPs,; given at San Bernardino Hilton, San Bernardino, California.
“The Art of Protecting Your Estate; Asset Protection”
Held at Modern Masters Fine Art Gallery, 73-200 El Paseo Ste 3A, Palm Desert, CA
“Top Ten Fatal Estate Planning Mistakes”, a seminar, presented:
The Ritz Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA
Bistango Restaurant, Irvine, CA
Caneletto Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA
Il Fornaio Restaurant, Irvine, CA
Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA
MiraMonte Resort & Spa; Indian Wells, CA
Desert Falls Country Club; Palm Desert, CA
Christine has recently presented Client Workshops, one with Kenneth E. Petersen, Jr., Vice-President, of First American Trust, entitled “What You and Your Trustee Need to Know.”
Another Client Workshop was presented with Randy Mueller, Estate Planning Officer of Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA entitled “Ways To Enhance Your Income And Receive an Income Tax Deduction At The Same Time.”
Christine regularly appeared as a guest on “Your Money Show,” a TV show on KMIR TV6 NBC, hosted by Shellie Karabell, on the “Joey English Show,” a radio show on KNEWS 1270AM, and on “The John O” radio show E-Z103.
With Christine’s educational background and training, and her 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, Christine is well-qualified to design comprehensive estate plans to protect you, your family, your assets and your business.