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Nathan Culford Rien

Estate planning Attorney at Oakdale, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2018
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Nathan Rien received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern California University School of Law. Upon being admitted to the California State Bar, Mr. Rien opened the Law Office of Nathan C. Rien, where he offers legal services in estate planning. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rien earned his Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, Davis in Political Science and History in 1999. He then earned a Masters degree in Education from National University (2001), and a Masters in Sport Science from the United States Sports Academy and was named the Academy’s 2004 Master’s Student of the Year.


Mr. Rien has served as a tenured professor of Health and Human Performance at Columbia College in northern California for the past 15 years, and also served as the Director of Athletics. He was elected Academic Senate President-elect in 2017 and completed his term as Academic Senate President in 2019. Prior to becoming the Athletic Director, Professor Rien served as the men’s head basketball coach at Columbia College for 10 years and as the Associate Athletic Director.

He also wrote the Sport Science Degree program curriculum for Columbia College and has also served on several district and state committees, including Curriculum, Policies and Procedures, Gender Equity, College and District Council. From 2015-2017, Professor Rien led Columbia College through the Accreditation process as the Faculty Co-Chair for Accreditation.

Mr. Rien played NCAA college basketball at the University of California, Davis and was part of two NCAC Championship teams. He then went on to teach leadership, United States and World History, and was the head men’s varsity basketball (4 years) and tennis (1 year) coach at Oakdale High School. Mr. Rien also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at California State University, Stanislaus for one season. After spending countless hours helping others over the past 20 years in education and athletics, Mr. Rien is now taking that same approach and experience to provide zealous legal representation in estate planning matters.


Law Office of Nathan C. Rien
210 S. Sierra Avenue, Suite 201
Oakdale, CA, 95361


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Posted by Donna | October 1, 2021
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What a wonderful experience!
Nathan C. Rien, Attorney at Law - specializes in estate planning and trusts. He is extremely competent, has a warm friendly personality, and has degrees in several different areas - Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in Sport Science. With all these degrees - he is so humble that all of his degrees decorate his private office instead of his client conference room - so we were unaware of them until he took us there after finishing our Trust signing. We were immediately impressed with him when we first met to have a free initial consultation. We hired him that same day to help us create an update to our 20-year-old Trust. He dealt with our situation with creative options to help us to express our wishes to cover a slightly unusual request. His fee was very reasonable, and he completed our updated Trust very quickly. When we went for the final Trust signing, he presented us with our restated Trust in a beautiful book-style binder with our name embossed on it. In addition to that, he gave us another binder with complete instructions to help explain the legal requirements of a Trustee in the process of administering a Trust. He is the author of that very helpful book, written in plain English rather than legalese. It is general in nature with no specifics about our own Trust. It will be invaluable to the Trustee who eventually will be tasked with managing our Trust. This extra book is an unexpected value above and beyond what we expected. And, as a final bonus, he scanned all of our signed Trust documents and put them on a portable thumb drive, which he then gave to us. That gives us access to the entire Trust at our fingertips at any time in any place with a computer. We highly recommend Nathan C. Rien and his very competent office staff for help with Estate planning and Trusts. He and his family are definitely an asset for our town of Oakdale CA.
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Posted by Bruce | November 2, 2020
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Helpful and Easy to Work With
I contacted Nathan to request assistance getting through the trust process after my grandfather passed away. He was very helpful in explaining the process and the options available to me. Nathan was very flexible & easy to work with, quickly putting together the agreed-upon documents and then making requested document changes quickly and accurately. I also found his fees to be very reasonable and the online payment/document handling website was simple and straightforward. What took Nathan's work over the top was when I was struggling with a third party and Nathan took the time to step in and clarify the process and rapidly put together additional documents to solve the issue. I wouldn't hesitate to hire Nathan again in the future if I ever need estate help. Thanks for your work, Nathan!
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Posted by Pete | July 1, 2020
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Great experience and a very thorough process
Nathan is very down to earth and easy to deal with. He is extremely thorough and helped us work through setting up our trust. We completed the process very quickly And thoroughly even with the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic . I highly recommend Nathan.
Posted by Marjorie | July 29, 2019
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Professional, Responsible, Knowledgeable
I would highly recommend Nathan Rien to anyone seeking a transparent, honest and knowledgable attorney. He has been a trusted advisor on a number of subjects. Nathan is a hard worker who always follows through in a timely matter. He also listens well and communicates in a way that makes it easy to understand, and comprehend. I think Nathan would be a strong asset to anyone seeking advise or counsel in estate planning or other legal areas.
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Posted by Karl and Karen. | May 22, 2019
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Living trust
My husband and I recently hired Nathan C. Rien to help us make our living trust. He gave us helpful information that made the process easier to structure our wants and needs. He isn’t the normal stuffy attorney he is a great guy and family man. If you are thinking of making a living trust give him a call.


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Work Experience

  • Professor of Health & Human Performance
  • Columbia College
  • 2003 - Present


  • Northwestern California University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • United States Sports Academy
  • Master of Sport Science- Masters Student of the Year
  • 2004
  • National University
  • Master of Education
  • 2001
  • University of California - Davis
  • Political Science and History
  • 1999
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  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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"Nathan is an excellent attorney in the community who genuinely cares about his clients. He takes the time to understand their individual needs and provides them with first-class service. What I am most impressed with is how he takes the time to continue to expand his knowledge of the law and then put it into terms that are easy to understand for his clients. If you want an attorney that is approachable, knowledgeable, and is a genuinely nice person, Nathan is it!"
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Oakdale Estate planning Lawyer Nathan Culford Rien
Nathan Culford Rien
Estate planning Attorney
Oakdale, CA
Licensed for 6 years
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