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Christine James

Estate planning Attorney at Nevada City, CA

4.9   43 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christine

Learn Christine’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    25%

  2. Probate
    25%

  3. Trusts
    20%

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Specializing in estate litigation and helping clients avoid will and trust contests with proper planning

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%

  6. Business
    5%

  7. Real estate
    5%

JAMES LAW GROUP - PRESERVING WEALTH AND FAMILY

I am and have been devoted to the law and particularly estate law for over 20 years.  I have dedicated myself to expanding my estate practice beyond what many estate practitioners do by focusing on the estate litigation aspect of wills and trusts.  This area is important to those who are defending a trust or will or have good cause to contest a trust or will.  Let me put my knowledge and experience to work for you.

Awards

Top Contributor 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2024 2023 2022 + 9 ...
Client's Choice 2019,2017,2013
Client's Choice
2019 2017 2013

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Location

Christine James
227 Broad St Ste 201
Nevada City, CA, 95959
James Law Group
915 Highland Pointe Dr Ste 250
Roseville, CA, 95678
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Karin | September 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart! Helpful! Kind!
Ms James gave me some information and shared some insight that was a turning point in my case, and I just can't emphasize too strongly how kind and knowledgeable she is. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Robert | March 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You
It is profound when you try and ask an attorney, and an attorney responds with "you need an attorney"{. Thank You for the little extra advice that helps in complicated matters. I will call you
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful with probate questions
Christine answered all of my questions thoroughly, patiently and very knowledgeably. She was excellent at listening to everything I had to say.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing
She answered my questioned that I was worried about regarding probate and she is very knowledgeable!
Posted by Laurie | January 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very smart and helpful
I consulted Christine about a summery preceding. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. She seems to be caring. I would definitely recommend her, if you have any probate needs in California Thank you for your help.
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Christine.
Christine is awesome. She is incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate and accommodating. We have recommended her to all of our friends and family!
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
I tried to call my own attorney for advice to see if there was any legal recourse and they wanted to charge me $250 just to get an answer to a question to see if I should legally pursue a problem. This is ridiculous and this is what gives lawyers a bad name! All I wanted to know is if there is any legal recourse. So I asked the same question to Christine and she was prompt and concise and courteous with her answer. Thank you Christine!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You are the best!
I had a difficult decision to make by myself. Thank you, Christine. You cleared the path to make the correct decision, id est, find the appropriate attorney in order to find the correct legal path to resolve my situation. Thanks again. You're the best!
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you, Christine
I messaged seven attornies regarding my legal needs, and Christine was the only one who was kind enough to respond. While I did not hire her for my needs, she explained, clearly and concisely why hiring or consulting with her would not be in my best interest. I respect that approach completely (as opposed to dismissal and being ignored). If I had hired legal counsel, I would not have hesitated to hire her. It was an excellent experience from an attorney who cares and is not looking to take advantage of potential clients.
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Posted by Kristyl | July 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very insightful, caring, has the will to want and help.
So far she has been helpful with providing information with which direction i should go in. I posted asking for help on what i should do and we started talking in PM. She has been asking alot of questions to make sure she fully understands the situation and so there is no confusion. That alone is amazing, i have read a lot of different reviews about other attorneys and how a few of them do not seem to care. They only seem to care about a paycheck. I can honestly say that Christine seems passionate and concerned about my situation. I have not hired her YET. But if and when i do hire an attorney it will be Christine.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Post probate negotiations
We've not completed the task at hand. 1st: Ms. James responded often and with clear understanding of all issues at hand. 2nd: Very comfortable with our conversation. 3rd: Looking forward to closing out strong.
Posted by Laura | April 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Concise and doesn't leave you waiting
Ms. James is quick to respond and gives you clear answers. You will be happy to work with her.
Posted by Mich | April 28, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and concise.
Christine was very helpful in providing clarity about retrieving personal property from the deceased's rental home. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt in responding!!
Had a question regarding a Judgment and she was very prompt in responding and helped me so I could file the renewal.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Help
I did have one specific small question and she answered it. She was helpful and knowledgeable.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered question quickly and fairly.
Our mother passed away last June and left me and my three siblings property via an Irrevocable Trust. One of the houses is split between the four of us with a “Tenants in Common” setup. The house is no longer in the Trust as of December 2017. My siblings now want to sell it and one of them is even threatening us with partition action. I want to take some more time before selling it and I feel that our mom felt the same way. I need to know if the terms in the trust are binding and if so how can they be broken? Christine told me that since the house is out of the Trust, ordinary real estate law applies so I am stuck.
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Posted by Brandon | March 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate Issue
Christine consulted me, and although she couldn't help me further due to my legal issue occurring in another state, she made the time to review a document and provide advice along with her professional opinion, which I greatly appreciated.
Posted by Daniel Martino | September 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience, Expertise and Kindness
Christine is on point her knowledge of Probate and the legal process convinced me she was the right one for the job . I recommend her highly
Posted by Kersti | September 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clear and concise answer
I am very happy with the answer that I was given.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wellspring of Legal Knowledge
Christine is a wellspring of legal knowledge. I am stunned and in awe of her ability. She receives my highest recommendation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • James Law Group
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Ruby & Batista
  • 2000 - 2007

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Johnson
  • Successful
  • Estate of Schneider
  • Settlement in favor of my client

Associations

  • Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • James Law Group
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Member
  • Nevada County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Blogs
  • Beware the Paralegal
  • 2018
  • Self Published
  • 5 Steps to a Litigation Free Trust
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Cherry Creek Mortgage Seminar
  • Sister Stole My Inheritance
  • 2019
  • Ongoing
  • The Truth About Trusts
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (76)
Given (10)
Endorse Christine
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine consistently provides direct and insightful responses to questions asked on Avvo, which shows her expertise in estate planning, probate and wills matters."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney James."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I always find myself agreeing with Ms. James on the questions she answers on Avvo"
Probate Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Ms. James' answers to probate questions on Avvo. I have found her advice to be sound and practical. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. James has been providing many insightful comments on Avvo which I have agreed with for some time now. She is clearly a highly valuable asset to the community and her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine and I have been opposite each other on a couple of matters. She is a pleasure to work with as she is professional and always working on getting the best result for her clients without filing unnecessary (i.e., expensive) motions and petitions that won't do anything but pad her pocket. She is known by the judges and other attorneys in the area as a high-quality lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I often find myself agreeing with her responses given to questions posted in the Avvo forum."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She's a very knowledge counsel."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Insightful answers to posted questions. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. James provides great advice to those in need. She takes time out of her day to answer questions on AVVO and point people in the right direction."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Christine is a highly skilled and well-known attorney in the legal community for her outstanding professionalism and work ethic. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mrs. James is consistently providing quality information on Avvo and donating her time to help people who have complex and important legal questions."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. James provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for her outstanding professionalism. She was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating her time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt she will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within her main areas of practice."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. James. She is a hardworking advocate for all of her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine expertly handles the questions presented to her and I fully endorse her."
Probate Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a skilled probate attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers such as Christine James, who donate time on Avvo, possess a passion for providing legal services and care about the people they serve. I am please to endorse Ms. James."
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Nevada City Estate planning Lawyer Christine James
Christine James
Estate planning Attorney
Nevada City, CA
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available