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Joan Alison Watters
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Joan Alison Watters

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Wills & Living Wills, Trusts, Appeals

About Me

I have chosen to be an estate planning/administration lawyer exclusively, as this allows me to contribute to my community by helping families protect their assets and provide for their loved ones.  By continually educating myself and my assistants on current trends and changes in the law, I give more than just legal advice.  I look to create good strategies and customized plans to ensure the fit is right for each client who entrusts their needs with me.   I consider it an honor and an art!  Whether the estate planning need is simple or complex, will-based or trust-based, each plan is unique, just as each family is unique.  Once completed, we add a personalized touch.  We tie and seal the Last Will and Testament, a time honored (and mostly lost) artful tradition…and my expression of respect in honoring you and your decision to take the time to plan.  As a final touch, we package the plan documents in a stylish binder, place the binder in a personalized tote bag, and add a flash drive as a gift.      


 


SO CALL ME!  I WILL PERSONALLY TAKE YOUR CALL OR DIRECLTY RETURN YOUR VOICE MESSAGE.


 


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Appeals: 20%
    18 years
  2. Trusts: 20%
    18 years
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
    18 years
  4. Probate: 20%
    18 years
  5. Estate Planning: 20%
    18 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Randi Susan Saul-Olson

    I endorse this lawyer. She is honest, fair, able and a delight to work with. She is very hard-working, and represents her clients vigorously, always employing the highest of ethics.

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199702/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2014
Golden Oak AwardFresno Advertising Association1989

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawWatters Law Office2000 - Present
AssociateWillams, Jordan Broderson LLP1998 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
WealthCounsel, LLCMember2013 - Present
Estateplanning.comMember2013 - Present
Family Services of Tulare CountyBoard Member2011 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsAttorney Member2009 - 2011
Central Valley Collaborative Law AffiliatesAttorney Member2008 - 2010
Tulare County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1997 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage of Britten (SUCCESSFUL APPEAL)Reversed/vacated four Trial court orders.
In re Marriage of Thomas (SUCCESSFUL APPEAL)Successfully appealed family law order.
In re Marriage of Maciel (SUCCESSFUL APPEAL)Successfully defended an appeal to reverse a Spousal Support order.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Raise Magazine June 2012Stay Out of Court2012
Raise Magazine August 2012An Option to Avoid Court2012
Raise Magazine September 2012A Lawyers Perspective2012
Raise Magazine October 2012Do I Need A Lawyer?2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Joaquin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State University, FresnoCommunicationBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seminar PresentationEstate Tax Update2015
Living Trusts SeminarSEMINAR2015
SeminarEstate Planning2014
Power Point PresentationEstate Planning2014