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My family has been a part of the Monterey Peninsula community for over 60 years.  My grandfather, Karel A. Krasa, taught Czech at the Defense Language Institute while my grandmother, Zdena L. Krasa, worked in a cannery on Cannery Row.  My mother, Joan Y. Krasa, taught at Bay View Elementary School in Monterey for nearly thirty years.  My father, Peter G. Krasa, was an elementary school administrator and principal with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for nearly thirty years.  My father continues to consult for the Education Department of California State University of the Monterey Bay and for the Monterey County Office of Education.  I spent my entire childhood in the same house on the Monterey Peninsula.  I attended Forest Grove Elementary School, Pacific Grove Middle School, and Robert Louis Stevenson High School.

After 18 years of living in this wonderful area, I decided that I wanted a change.  Ever since I first visited New England with my parents in Middle School, the rolling green hills, covered bridges, and four seasons of Vermont had been tugging at my heart.  When it became time for me to apply for college, I decided to attend a small liberal arts school, Saint Michael's College, in beautiful Colchester, Vermont.  I majored in English Literature, focusing on the Eighteenth Century British literature of William Wordsworth and Lord Byron and the Nineteenth Century American literature of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

It was at Saint Michael's College where I met my wife, Amanda L. Krasa (then known as Amanda L. Baril).  Amanda grew up in Lewiston, Maine and majored in Biology.  Three years after graduating from college, Amanda earning a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and I earning a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature, we were married in the chapel on our college campus.  

After four years of Vermont winters, I decided to move back to California.  I attended the University of California at Davis School of Law (King Hall) for law school.  From the moment I started law school, I knew that I wanted to focus on Estate Planning, Elder Law / Medicaid Planning, and Probate / Estate Administration, inspired by my family's Estate Planning attorney.  I graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.

I first practiced law in the Salinas Valley, working on Estate Plans for farmers and ranchers.  I then spent several years as an associate attorney in Monterey before opening my own practice, KRASA LAW, in my "hometown" of Pacific Grove.  I am currently President of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove, President Elect and the Planned Giving Chair for Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, and I am a member of, and an Ambassador for, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.  My wife, Amanda, works as a Water Quality Specialist for the Monterey County Health Department in Salinas. 

My wife and I have a young son, Jonah, who is named after my late mother, Joan.  We hope to raise him as well as our parents raised us. 

When I am not working I enjoy literature, hiking, bicycling, swimming, golf, classic cars, and most of all, spending time with my family. 


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 25%
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Business: 5%



Hourly ($150-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Gary Orin Haase

    I endorse this lawyer. On top of being certified by the state bar for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Kyle is a nice guy who has a unique ability to transform difficult concepts into helpful legal advice that people find valuable.


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  • T Kevin Dougherty

    Kyle is a top notch Attorney and likely the best estate planning attorney in the Monterey Area. I refer clients to him with full confedence that they will receive the very best advice.


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Contact info


704-D Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA, 93950-4282


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2015
Rotarian of the YearPacific Grove Rotary2010
Ambassador of the YearPacific Grove Chamber of Commerce2009
Rotarian of the YearPacific Grove Rotary2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerKrasa Law2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyJohn D. Laughton, APLC2006 - 2009
Associate AttorneyAbramson, Church, and Stave, LLP2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey PeninsulaPresident2012 - 2014
Pacific Grove RotaryPresident2010 - 2011
WeatlhCounselMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
850 PetitionThe Court granted the petition in full.
Petition to Modify Irrevocable Bypass TrustThe Court granted our petition in full.
Petition to Modify Trust with Outright Distributions to Beneficiary Controlled TrustThe Court granted the petition in full.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cedar Street TimesHow to Expand Your FDIC Insurance Coverage2015
Cedar Street TimesHave You Planned Your Digital Estate?2015
Cedar Street TimesMilestones2015
Cedar Street TimesDoes Your Business Have an Estate2013
PG Hometown BulletinPortability: A Magic Provision?2011
PG Hometown BulletinWhat Is Probate?2010
PG Hometown BulletinWhen Inheritance Creates Unnecessary Problems2010
PG Hometown BulletinEstate Planning Not Only for the Wealthy2010
PG Hometown BulletinTaking Charge of Your Health Care Wishes2010
PG Hometown BulletinLiving Trust v. Power of Attorney2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Saint Michael's CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advance Care WorkshopHealth Care Wishes2014
Recent Developments in Estate PlanningEstate Planning2013
Basic Estate PlanningEstate Planning2013
The Role of the Successor TrusteeTrust Administration2012
Common Issues in Estate PlanningEstate Planning2012
How Many Estate Plans Do you Have?Estate Planning2011
Estate and Income Tax UpdateEstate Planning2010
2010 Estate Tax ChangesEstate Planning2010