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Heather Cheree Johnston

Estate planning Attorney at Folsom, CA

4.8   22 reviews

also known as Heather Cheree Thompson

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Heather represents clients in estate planning matters, including large estates with complex business and real estate assets.

  2. Trusts
    25%

  3. Business
    10%
    Heather represent clients in entity selection, formation, operation and dissolution.

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    5%

  5. Limited liability company (LLC)
    5%

  6. Wills and living wills
    5%

Heather Johnston founded Sapphire Law Group to deliver big-firm quality legal services to families and businesses in a way that is personal, convenient and efficient. Heather brings her extensive legal experience in real estate, title and financing and combines it with her passion for technology and efficiency to serve her estate planning, trust and estates and business clients.

Heather has received an “AV-Preeminent™” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named as a SuperLawyer Rising Star, and to the Best of the Bar and Top Lawyers. She has been a panelist for numerous local, state and national seminars for attorney continuing legal education and for industry groups, and has authored published articles on real estate, estate planning, insurance and related topics.

Location

Sapphire Law Group
111 Woodmere Road
Suite 240
Folsom, CA, 95630
Sapphire Law Group
12242 Business Park Dr
Suite 19 ; Located in the Lift Workspace
Truckee, CA, 96161
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by George | April 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
After many years of putting it off, we finally bit the bullet and decided to have an estate plan prepared. We engaged Heather Johnston and her team at Sapphire Law Group and are very pleased with the results. Developing the plan was more complicated than we expected. Heather and her team were patient in working with us through several versions of the plan until we got it the way we wanted it. Heather’s knowledge of the law is impressive, and we are confident that the trust documents, wills, and powers of attorney she prepared for us are legally sound. We recommend her and the team at Sapphire Law very highly.
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Posted by Rose | March 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful!
Estate planning is not the most pleasant experience. But Heather and her team were phenomenal to work with. I enjoyed coming to the offices. She and her team are very knowledgeable and compassionate. Thoroughly explained the overwhelming information and choices to be made. They also use a private client portal to review documents. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Terry | March 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Sapphire Law Group
Sapphire Law Group were great to work with. All are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Each seems to have their own expertise, were able to answer questions and give advice as well as suggestions to make the estate planning easier. They did not have any problem with the time it took to answer questions and wanted to make sure I always understood everything about the estate planning. They always said if I had any questions to be sure to give them a call! Heather, Joey, Lisa and Amanda are fantastic and I have and would recommend Sapphire Law Group to anyone.
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Posted by Laura | February 3, 2020
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Gift of Service Greetings, LLC
I used Sapphire Law Group to form an LLC and they were great. I received my formation documents beautifully organized in a leather binder, and Heather made sure that I understood every component of it. While highly intelligent & knowledgeable in her field, she was completely relatable and coached me through the process without using confusing legal jargon. I liked her and I liked her staff! I will use them again.
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Posted by Gary | November 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Heather Johnston is an excellent Estate Planning Attorney
Heather Johnston has helped me to settle two family member estates in the past two years. She is thorough, knowledge, and ensures her clients are comfortable with and understand the applicable State legal requirements for settling estates. She also, helped my wife and I recently update our estate plan. We would not hesitate to recommend her services to everyone. Gary and Pat S., Folsom, CA
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2019
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Reference
Heather helped us set up our Trust. She was efficient, quick and got the job done within our set timelines. I would definitely recommend her for any help you need with estate planning and setting up a trust.
Posted by Gail | September 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Heather Johnston
Putting together a trust is daunting unless, of course, you have the good fortune of meeting Heather. She is charismatic and immediately put me at ease. She walked me through the process, provided input where necessary and ensured I fully understood the final document. I highly recommend her. Thanks Heather!
Posted by Tracy | July 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Trust Attorney
We fully recommend Sapphire Law Group! We needed to update and renew our Family Trust. We had several questions and ideas going forward with the new document. We sat down for a couple of meetings and they provided us with several suggestions and solutions for our concerns. Heather, Meighan, & Kellyann did fantastic work providing us with the new Family Trust.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Friendly and thorough
Trust package. Answered all my questions. Very happy with the service. Great staff.
Posted by Alex | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very easy
I used Heather’s services to prepare a living trust. The process couldn’t have been easier. Her and her team were there to answer any of my questions and help explain the whole process. I was impressed by her use of technology to make things more convenient and straight forward. Hopefully I never have to use the living trust but I now have one if I do!
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Posted by Tom | February 4, 2019
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Estate Planning
Heather, Meighan & KellyAnn were fantastic, thorough and helped us meet all of our Estate Planning needs. We came in with a goal and several questions and left with peace of mind. Give Sapphire Law Group the opportunity to do the same for you.
Posted by Robin | January 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Truckee Office
We couldn’t have been more satisfied with our interaction with Heather and her staff. Quick and professional in communication and handling our Estate Planning. Definitely recommend to those in the Tahoe/Truckee area.
Posted by Cecilia | January 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
It was a pleasure working with Heather and Meighan. They were professional, efficient, and considerate. Our family can’t recommend them highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend for Wills and Trusts
We highly recommend Heather's professionalism and level of knowledge with wills and trusts. We had a very good experience with her and her legal assistant Meighan and would recommend them to everyone. We were extremely satisfied.
Posted by Patti Assayag | November 15, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Law Firm
It was time for me to get a will and living trust. I contacted Sapphire Law Group and they were very responsive, knowledgeable and friendly! I would work with them again in the future. Thank you ~ Heather and Meighan
Posted by zun-jay | November 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Just fantastic!
Heather and Meighan are... well, to be completely honest, just phenomenal to work with. They are friendly, articulate and on top of things. They are knowledgeable and can break things down outside of the confusing world of legalese. I visited them to get my Estate in order initially. Because that went to smoothly, I met up with them again to get some other legal matters taken care of. At the risk of sounding strange, I can't wait to work with them again!
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Posted by Dennis | August 9, 2018
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Awesome attorney
Sorry about the lengthy review, but I hope this can help others in selecting your attorney. After searching and reading several articles for my legal needs and reviews of attorneys’ firms and profiles, we decided to work with the Sapphire Law Group. I contacted Sapphire Law office and Meighan, the firm’s Paralegal/Office Manager, responded promptly to our inquiry. Meighan was very organized in the process where she sent us documents and detailed instructions of what we needed to do to move forward. We filled out a sort of an intake form, which is an excellent form by the way, where we used to fill out all necessary information needed for our documents. Meighan also provided us with the firm’s secured mail portal and online scheduler where we could conveniently log in to communicate & to book our initial consultation with the firm’s attorney, Heather. Sapphire Law Group is located in a suite of a professional building in Folsom. The office was clean, organized, and of course very professional. It was nice to meet Meighan & Heather for the first time. They both made us feel welcome and at ease, yet still able to maintain their professionalism. This is what we like the most about Sapphire Law Group. We felt that we could talk easily with and ask Heather anything about the laws and our legal matter in particular without feeling intimidated or dumb. We have worked with a few attorneys before and it goes without saying, all attorneys are NOT equal. For us, it is important to work with an attorney that is knowledgeable and professional, yet personable and most importantly the attorney’s ability to explain complicated laws so that we can understand as well as the attorney’s willingness to share information in details about new & current laws that is important for us to know. Heather was able to deliver all that during our 1-hour initial meeting. We walked out of the meeting feeling that we had accomplished a lot in one hour. We had all our questions answered; and more. We felt more informed about the subject matter more than ever after meeting with Heather. To make a long story short, we were able to get our documents completed and signed in less than 4 weeks. Some may think 4 weeks is too long, but that was because of us. We wanted to be extra careful when it comes to something as important as these legal matters that affect your lives in a big way. Heather Johnston and Meighan Justice at Sapphire Law is a great team that did a superb job in providing legal services for me and my family. This law firm was very professional in its service for us from start to end. Heather and Meighan were professional and courteous, who treated us with respect. We have worked with other attorneys before and some tend to be impersonal and at times arrogant in thinking that their clients are dumb and ignorant of the laws. Our goal in seeking help from an attorney was to protect our estate and in the process understand a little more about the current laws. With the help of Heather & Meighan, we were able to accomplish all that in an efficient manner. We were very happy with the legal services from Sapphire Law Group. We are so glad that we found Sapphire Law Group and we will definitely come back to this law firm if and when we need legal services in the future. Of course, we will, without any hesitation at all, highly recommend the Sapphire Law Group to anyone seeking legal services in the business, real estate, and estate planning areas.
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Posted by Robb | August 6, 2018
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thanks..
Coming from the financial services industry and thinking I knew a lot about trusts, wills and estate plans.... I was wrong! Both Heather and Meighan are very knowledgeable and made this a very enjoyable process. Thanks for helping me with my estate planning documents!
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
We had an excellent experience with Heather and Meighan. Both were very responsive to our questions and emails. The process of setting Trust and documentation went very well. Would definitely recommend for estate planning.
Posted by Pamela | June 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Estate plan
I was very impressed with Heather. The time she spent with me to make sure my estate planning was complete and thorough was exceptional. I would recommend her to anyone needing estate planning done.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Sapphire Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Trainor Fairbrook
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Trainor Fairbrook
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Law Clerk and Associate Attorney
  • Timothy M. Cary & Associates
  • 2004 - 2007
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Section
  • Chair, Title Insurance and Survey Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Vice Chair, Solo & Small Firm Support Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2015
  • Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Section
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Witkin Award, Antitrust Law
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • 2006
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • 2006
  • Witkin Award, Wills & Trusts
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Probate & Property Magazine: Volume 31 No. 02
  • Time Management for Young Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Ground Lease Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Contributor to Chapter 3: Parties, Interests and Premises
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • 2016 Year in Review
  • Real Property Cases and Legislation
  • 2017
  • In-House Presentation
  • Dual Agency Dilemmas and Disclosures
  • 2014
  • In-house Presentation
  • Dual Agency and Disclosures
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education for Commercial Realtors
  • Commissions and Broker Liability
  • 2014
  • In-House Presentation
  • Commercial Condominium Conversions
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Heather
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is a fabulous Attorney, we have been working together, from afar, on a number of technical legal issues and she has been a pleasure to work with. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is a brilliant attorney that always goes above and beyond. She is caring and is such an innovator in estate planning. She is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her to anyone needing to get their estate planning done."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Heather on at least two cases. Each time she demonstrated the thoroughness I rarely see in other lawyers, zealous representation of her client, and a willingness to resolves our clients differences to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. I have referred several cases to Heather and will continue to do so."
Business Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy endorse Heather. She is responsive, caring, and very knowledgeable about business planning, commercial real estate, and estate planning."
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Folsom Estate planning Lawyer Heather Cheree Johnston
Heather Cheree Johnston
Estate planning Attorney
Folsom, CA
Licensed for 17 years
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