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Kyle Andrew Krasa

Estate planning Attorney at Pacific Grove, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
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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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Location

KRASA LAW, Inc.
704-D Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA, 93950-4282

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Posted by Mitzie | May 18, 2013
IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR EGGS ARE ALL IN ONE BASKET; HE'S THE ONE FOR YOU!
Kyle handled our living trust and special needs trust with expertise and humor. He explains everything in detail and makes sure nothing is overlooked. He is very patient and willing to answer all your questions. We kept putting off getting our trust done thinking it was going to be a lot of work, but Kyle made everything so easy for us. I would highly recommend him. His assistant Marilyn, is great to work with also.
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Posted by Ken | October 21, 2011
Competent and Caring
Kyle recently redid my will and trust. Extremely competent and always available for questions. Very caring and does excellent fact finding as to my assets and my wishes upon my death. Takes the time to answer questions in a relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend Krasa Law for any of your will and trust questions or completely redoing an existing trust.
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Posted by Sharon | October 18, 2011
Made the process painless and actually fun!
We were somewhat intimidated with the whole process of creating a living trust and had put it off for many years. Through our dear and long timed friends, Kyle Krasa’s name came up regarding this particular subject. I’ve worked with Kyle’s father, Peter and have the highest regards for him. So we thought that his son Kyle would also exhibit true professionalism along with kind and gracious mannerisms. Kyle has surpassed our high expectations regarding our journey through the legality of establishing our living trust. From the first meeting, Kyle understood our apprehension and was exceedingly patient, answering each and every question. If a certain point was not understood, Kyle would find another avenue to explain it more fully. We found that usage of the dry board and markers was an awesome medium to use!!! We mustn’t forget that Kyle also managed to make this whole process not so solemn. Kyle is not only very kind and gracious, but he’s a very funny guy. This made the whole experience a very positive one, which we are grateful for. Kyle Krasa is someone whom we can highly recommend for his expertise and kindness.
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Posted by Steve G. | April 20, 2011
Diligence and Dedication
I met Kyle through Rotary many years ago and was impressed with his diligence and dedication to the principles of Rotary. I also noted his dedication to his chosen profession, and specifically to his area of expertise: estate planning. Once I made the decision to use Kyle’s services, I have never looked back. In his patient manner, Kyle explained every aspect of the process and made my wife and I feel very comfortable that we had chosen the right professional to represent our interests. I highly recommend Kyle Krasa’s estate planning services to anyone looking to work with a knowledgeable and ethical professional.
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Posted by Fallon | January 1, 2011
So helpful and easy to work with
"After my father passed away, I realized that it was long past time for me to establish my own living trust. I had consulted with several attorneys in my hometown of Hollister, but was not comfortable with them. When I first met Mr. Krasa, during my initial consultation, I knew that I had found the right attorney for myself. Mr. Krasa, in a friendly and professional manner, explained in clear detail how my living trust would work. I was very comfortable with his explanations and confident in his professional abilities. I am very pleased with the time and attention to details Mr. Krasa gave me. I highly recommend Mr. Krasa to anyone who is considering establishing their own living trust."
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Posted by Manny and Victoria | December 18, 2010
A comfortable experience.
When I needed an attorney recently to make a living trust, Mr. Kyle Krasa was recommended to me by a good friend. Mr. Krasa is highly professional, trustworthy and a pleasure to deal with. He was very thorough in explaining all the details and making sure every possible situation that could arise was addressed in my living trust. He made all the legalese easy to understand and was always very respectful. He also made a living trust for my mother, who was ill at the time and required special accommodations on his part, which he did gladly. I really appreciated his tactfulness in dealing with the difficult questions required in doing a living trust. I highly recommend Kyle and can’t say enough about his integrity and thoughtfulness.
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Posted by Jim and Karen | December 16, 2010
Very Happy
Kyle Krasa did an excellent job of restating our Family Trust by bringing it up to date with current laws. He did this in a very timely and efficient manner. Kyle is young, bright, and very knowledgeable. His manner of explaining in "English" instead of "legalese" made the updating of our Trust a very pleasant experience. My wife and I would be happy to recommend KRASA LAW to anyone needing Estate Planning.
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Posted by Mary | November 29, 2010
Great Attorney
"For a number of years I put off writing a will and setting up a trust. I am so glad that I connected with Mr. Krasa to draft these documents for me. He was helpful every step of the way. No question was too small or insignificant for him to address. He was always professional and respectful of my wishes while giving me legal advice on potential scenarios. I am very glad I had Mr. Krasa draw up these documents. It has given me peace of mind to know these are in place and that I can rely on Mr. Krasa for future updates. I highly recommend him for estate planning needs."
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Posted by DougKrasa | November 26, 2010
KrasaLaw Delivers Expertise, Experience, and Provided Fabulous Help
We can't say enough about the wisdom, intelligence and patience Kyle has brought to turning our Living Trust wishes into a reality. Making sense of complex tax laws, estate intricacies, and family issues was handled by Kyle with sincerity and ease. He helped us plan accurately and achieved our highest goals for this often difficult process. It's never too early to start this thinking, and with Kyle as your guide, it will be smooth and mostly painless... and even done with a knowing smile. His seminars are extremely helpful in getting started, and his blog updates have provided thought-provokers for keeping our own thinking sharp. We took advantage of the complimentary first meeting kyle offered, and from then on we were thoroughly convinced we did the right thing with the right lawyer.
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Posted by Diane | November 24, 2010
Estate Planning
"As in the case with many couples, my husband and I procrastinated about updating a very out of date trust. Finding Kyle was truly fortunate for us and our family. His professionalism and patience with our many questions has been very comforting. A potentially confusing process was explained very clearly and with great care. We feel confident that any future changes in our trust will be treated with the same integrity and we highly recommend Kyle to anyone needing assistance in this area."
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Krasa Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • John D. Laughton, APLC
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Abramson, Church, and Stave, LLP
  • 2004 - 2006

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Saint Michael's College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.
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Associations

  • WeatlhCounsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula
  • President
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Pacific Grove Rotary
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Rotarian of the Year
  • Pacific Grove Rotary
  • 2010
  • Ambassador of the Year
  • Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009
  • Rotarian of the Year
  • Pacific Grove Rotary
  • 2006
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Advance Care Workshop
  • Health Care Wishes
  • 2014
  • Recent Developments in Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Basic Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • The Role of the Successor Trustee
  • Trust Administration
  • 2012
  • Common Issues in Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • How Many Estate Plans Do you Have?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Estate and Income Tax Update
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • 2010 Estate Tax Changes
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Wills and living wills Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kyle is a very thoughtful and insightful attorney. He takes time to figure out the correct way to do things. He is active in his community and seems to genuinely care about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Kyle Krasa through a Mastermind estate planning program attended by estate planning professionals from across the country. Kyle impressed me with the level of dedication to his craft and to his clients. Just as important, Kyle is a genuinely nice person who enjoys interacting with people and understanding who they are and what's important to them. He brings this invaluable perspective to his estate planning, providing his clients and their families with insightful estate plans designed around the client's unique needs and goals. Kyle is a fine man with a kind heart, a passion for learning, and a sincere interest in serving his clients. He holds the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, and I'm proud to count him as a colleague and friend."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of spending time with Kyle in furtherance of my own estate planning skills and abilities. Kyle is a great attorney, is very skilled at his craft and cares deeply for his clients. He is a very dedicated and hard worker and will ensure that his clients get the help they require. I would not hesitate to recommend Kyle to any of my friends or family for their estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kyle is a wonderful person and an excellent Attorney. He is great with people and really cares about their needs and concerns. He is passionate about what he does and presents himself and his firm in the most professional manner. I am honored to be "Of Counsel" to his firm and I have great respect for his legal abilities and Professional follow through."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Krasa has a sound legal mind and is an extremely hard worker. I heartily recommend him."
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