I help guide clients and families through some of the most difficult and painful legal times in their lives. Whether elder clients need to protect themselves from vulnerability while maintaining their autonomy through estate planning, children seek to protect their parents from financial abuse, or families want to resolve their inheritance disputes practically, I approach each client and matter with respect and compassion.
Inheritances are finite resources. Everyone benefits when less of their money is spent fighting, so I aim to resolve matters outside of court either through direct negotiation with counsel or pre-litigation mediation. However, if and when court redress becomes necessary, I assertively take clients through the entire litigation process from pleading through trial through appeal.
I also represent trustees and other fiduciaries whose actions and decisions are being challenged by beneficiaries and heirs. Conversely, I represent beneficiaries and heirs who believe they have been wronged by those in control of their property.
My drive and passion for this area of the law has garnered me an excellent reputation among my peers.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Founder||Hoekstra Law PC||2020 - Present|
|Attorney||Morrill Law Firm||2015 - 2019|
|Contract Attorney||Orrick, Herrington, Suitcliffe, LLP||2013 - 2015|
|Of Counsel||Morrill Law Firm||2013 - 2015|
|Attorney||Solo Practioner||2011 - 2013|
|Law Clerk, Statewide Enforcement Division||California Coastal Commission||2011 - 2011|
|Departmental Guest, Prog. in Law & Public Affairs||Woodrow Wilson School of Public & Int'l Affairs||2011 - 2012|
|Law Clerk, Office of Chief Counsel||California Energy Commission||2010 - 2010|
|Summer Associate||Holland & Knight||2009 - 2009|
|Law Clerk in Environment, Land Law, & Nat. Resources Sections||California Attorney General Office||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers||Board Member||2018 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Member||2015 - 2020|
|CEB Action Guides||CEB Action Guide: Capacity and Undue Influence: Assessing, Challenging, and Defending||2018|
|Contra Costa Lawyer||New Probate Laws: You Will Want To Read This… Trust Me||2018|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Columbia University||Master of Public Administration||2005|
|University of Georgia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|CEB Webinar Series||Webinar: An Overview of Capacity and Undue Influence||2018|
|EBTEL Brownbag||Attorneys' Fees in Trust Litigation||2017|
|2016 MCLE Spectacular||PERSPECTIVES ON THE OFTEN-ASKED QUESTION: MY SPOUSE AND I WANT TO MAKE AN AGREEMENT – DO WE NEED SEPARATE COUNSEL?||2016|
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