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Harold Christopher Heritage

Estate planning Attorney at Palm Springs, CA

5.0   18 reviews

also known as H. Christopher Heritage

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About Harold

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Heritage Legal, PC assists clients in Wills, Trusts, Charitable Planning, Business Succession Planning, Family Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations, Trust Administration and Probate. We have considerable experience dealing with "non-traditional" estate planning, including same-sex couples and family planning.

    25 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Heritage Legal, PC, assists consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

    19 years

  3. Family
    Heritage Legal, PC assists clients in Family Law, including Registered Domestic Partnerships, and same-sex relationships.

    16 years

Chris is the Founder and Principal of Heritage Legal, PC, with offices in Palm Springs. Heritage Legal, PC offers legal services in the general areas of Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Trust Administration, Trustee and Executor services, Probate, Family Law, and Bankruptcy.

Chris has focused an important part of his practice on the unique estate and relationship planning needs of the LGBT community and other non-traditional families. Chris earned his B.A. in Russian Area Studies from the University of Maryland, and his Juris Doctorate from The American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

Chris is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States; California Supreme Court; and all Federal Courts in California. Chris is also a member of the Family Law and Trust & Estates Sections of the California State Bar.

Chris is a frequent contributor of feature articles for publication and is oftentimes asked to speak on various legal topics. Chris is actively involved in local and national issues and contributes his time and resources to supporting the community.

Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Heritage Legal, PC
777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262


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Posted by Robert | December 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Seamless and Efficient Estate Planning Services
We went to Chris Heritage to draw up a replacement Trust, Wills, POAs for Healthcare and Financial matters. Chris was the epitome of professionalism and demonstrated a knowledgeable thorougness in his procedures for collecting the information needed to create these documents and subsequently review them with us. His presentation process for review was uniquely done on a large video screen where he made corrections and changes in "real time". The final documents were presented in a fine "Estate Planning Porfolio" binder with guidance for its use. Everything about working with Chris and his exceptional staff was efficient, accomodating, and courteous with carried out with appropriate and promt communication. What had been a tedious and sometimes difficult process with our former attorney was made seamlessly efficient and simple by Chris and his staff. We endorse and highly recommend his legal practice with great gratitude for the work he did for us.
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Posted by David | December 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great guidance! Highly recommend Heritage Legal
We had a great experience with Heritage Legal from start to finish. Chris was patient, professional and answered all of our questions and his staff was efficient and helpful. I highly recommend Heritage Legal!
Posted by David | October 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
So glad i chose this lawyer!!!!
Amazing law firm. From day one the law firm was amazing. I was dealing with a messy Divorce and on the 1st meeting with them i knew it was going to be ok. The entire legal team was always Professional and responsive. I never felt that it wasn't going to be ok. I want to thank the entire team for going above and beyond on a daily basis. I would highly recommend them for any legal matter you may have. I am now having this amazing team put together my Trust/Will. Thank you again for everything you have done. I will never forget what you have done for me and my future. Thank you again David Sherman
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Posted by Ron | October 2, 2020
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Thorough, concise, and easy to understand the process
Went to Chris for assistance with end of life legal issues, not knowing ANYTHING about how to prepare for my own demise. Chris was terrific, was very good at explaining things to a non-legal minded person, and gave me the sense of confidence that my personal wishes will be carried out. Highly recommend !
Posted by Don and Ray | September 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Trustworthy Legal Team
Chris and his team have been our preferred legal team for sometime. His reliable, professional and caring attitude, gives one the assurance and confidence you need when dealing with the necessary documents and procedures to make the inevitable, an organized and prepared event. Thank you Chris, a great consultation once again.
Posted by Marcus | August 23, 2020
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Very detailed and thorough
Christopher has been very professional. He was covering every aspect of our needs . He pointed out every possible scenario , making sure our property and estate is safe and taken care of . Extremely thorough and detail oriented . We both will use him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Kevin | July 24, 2020
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Excellent communicator
I hired Chris to develop my Estate Plan. He made the process easy, explained very well the purpose of each of the final documents, gave me very specific "next steps" regarding titling my assets, and overall left me feeling very secure that my assets are very well protected.
Posted by Wallace | July 24, 2020
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Estate Handling
Chris was extremely informative and efficient. He put together a very thorough estate plan for me and my husband. His staff and he were very professional.
Posted by John | June 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
John Swain
Heritage Legal did a great job helping us with our estate planning. Listened to what we want to do and made it happen. And they were fast. Will use them again if we need other legal work done.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning help
Chris was extremely informative and efficient. He put together a very thorough estate plan for me and my husband. He is highly knowledgeable and his team is very responsive.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!!!
Chris was able to turn a difficult situation into a positive experience with solid results! Better than expected, competent and efficient, professional & friendly! The entire team makes you feel like family! Love the pooch support therapy that is added, it was unexpected healing that we couldn't even recognize in the moment. Chris & his team are what you want, We will always recommend!
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Posted by Kenny | September 26, 2014
Review for Christopher Heritage
Christopher Heritage is an extremely thorough, knowledgeable and very well-organized attorney who was extremely helpful to me and my spouse in preparing our Living Trusts, Medical Directives and other legal matters. Chris and Lucy are very professional and gracious. Thank you!
Posted by Douglas | July 10, 2014
A smart choice
Harold Christopher Heritage is a wonderful and smart attorny. I do not know what I would have done without him. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Scott | July 10, 2014
Best estate planning professionals in the desert and San Diego: Heritage Legal
Christopher handled my estate planning several years ago and helped me to update the plan this year when I married. He was very organized, efficient and pleasant to work with. He is an expert on the unique issues faced by the LGBTQ community. I am also appreciative of how Christopher actively supports numerous Palm Springs-area charities and community improvement efforts.
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Posted by Gary | July 7, 2014
Christopher Heritage's legal service is something that everyone deserves. Chris' work exceded my high expectations!
I have had planning for my estate for the past 30 years. I thought what I had would suffice in any situation that may come up. I was wrong. I knew my planning lacked the depth needed to withstand any issues. After realizing I was not prepared and through many recommendations, I contacted Chris Heritage. Together we worked on the development of my new estate planning document. His expertise along with his professionalism was excellent. I can say that my family and I are now PREPARED. That was five years ago. Since then I have communicated with Chris regularly and have made updates to my Trust. He and his office staff are so willing to ensure that my wishes are taken care of. Serving as the "executor" of many of my family members trusts, I know what to expect when there is a need to refer to the writing of the trust planning. I am at peace knowing that my wishes will be adhered to. I thank Chris Heritage for making this a reality.
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Posted by James | July 6, 2014
Highly recommended
Chris reviewed our existing wills and trusts and identified a number of issues that would have caused us significant problems had they not been corrected - it was also a reminder that these documents need to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. He worked quickly and efficiently to get them resolved - keeping us informed at every step. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Joel | July 1, 2014
We are pleased to submit this review!
Mr. Heritage helped with my partner's and my Estate Planning before we were allowed to get married legally in California and then afterwards. It has been a year tomorrow that we were allowed to get maried as a Same Sex Couple. He was helpful and explained everything to us so we could understand without a bunch of "legaleze". He and his Staff were their for us whenever we needed anything.
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Posted by Jerry | July 1, 2014
Thanks Chris
Chris did our will and was extremely thorough Kept us well informed and discussed all our options and wishes.
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Work Experience

  • Founder & Principal
  • Heritage Legal, PC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Channel Development Manager
  • Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Federal Account Manager
  • Oce USA, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1999


  • University of Maryland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • The American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Desert Estate Planning Council
  • N/A
  • Equality California Institute
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Harold
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is very passionate about his clients' needs while at the same time watching out for their bottom line. He has a grounded sense of justice and high ethical principles. Chris is also very solid in his understanding of family law and the practice of it. He is top of the field."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is everything you want in a co-counsel--attentive to the client, detail oriented and creative. He does great work and I give his name regularly to others in his geographic area."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Chris is a fine lawyer and an outstanding man in the community. I am happy to endorse Chris. I know he will do an excellent job for any client. (Chris also does family law)."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Contracts and agreements
Divorce and separation
Estate planning

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Palm Springs Estate planning Lawyer Harold Christopher Heritage
Harold Christopher Heritage
Estate planning Attorney
Palm Springs, CA
Licensed for 25 years
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