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.
Licensed since 2004
Hourly ($150-325/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rotarian of the Year||Pacific Grove Rotary||2010|
|Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2010|
|Ambassador of the Year||Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce||2009|
|Rotarian of the Year||Pacific Grove Rotary||2006|
|Attorney/Owner||Krasa Law||2009 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||John D. Laughton, APLC||2006 - 2009|
|Associate Attorney||Abramson, Church, and Stave, LLP||2004 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Pacific Grove Rotary||President||2010 - 2011|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Monterey County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula||President Elect||N/A|
|850 Petition||The Court granted the petition in full.|
|Petition to Modify Irrevocable Bypass Trust||The Court granted our petition in full.|
|Petition to Modify Trust with Outright Distributions to Beneficiary Controlled Trust||The Court granted the petition in full.|
|Cedar Street Times||Does Your Business Have an Estate||2013|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||Portability: A Magic Provision?||2011|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||What Is Probate?||2010|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||When Inheritance Creates Unnecessary Problems||2010|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||Estate Planning Not Only for the Wealthy||2010|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||Taking Charge of Your Health Care Wishes||2010|
|PG Hometown Bulletin||Living Trust v. Power of Attorney||2010|
|University of California at Davis School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2004|
|Saint Michael's College||English Literature||Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|The Role of the Successor Trustee||Trust Administration||N/A|
|Recent Developments in Estate Planning||Estate Planning||N/A|
|How Many Estate Plans Do you Have?||Estate Planning||N/A|
|Estate and Income Tax Update||Estate Planning||N/A|
|Common Issues in Estate Planning||Estate Planning||N/A|
|Basic Estate Planning||Estate Planning||N/A|
|Advance Care Workshop||Health Care Wishes||N/A|
|2010 Estate Tax Changes||Estate Planning||N/A|