Kris Paden is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she graduated in the top 10% of her class and published a law review article. She was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Society, and prestigious Traynor Honor Society.
Kris received her B.A. and graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley where she was President and Secretary of the Prytanean National Honor Society, assistant to the Vice President of Student Government, as well as a Parent Liaison, and Rush Counselor for U.C. Berkeley’s Sororities.
For 10 years, Kris practiced civil litigation, insurance coverage opinion law, and insurance bad faith litigation both in house for a well-known insurance company, and as a contract attorney for several prominent Los Angeles law firms. She also served as a summer judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court in Yosemite, CA.
In 2005-2006, Kris mentored in estate planning at The Law Office of Diedre Wachbrit, APC. While at The Law Office of Diedre Wachbrit, APC, Kris handled clients’ asset protection matters, such as forming and maintaining LLCs, Corporations, and Family Limited Partnerships, and preparing tax and licensing documentation. Kris also participated in creating key estate planning documents such as wills, durable powers of attorney, advance health care directives, HIPAA authorizations, grant deeds, and community property agreements. She also researched tax, divorce, special needs children, and probate issues. She worked one on one with clients to administer trusts, establish and handle conservatorships, and educate them about their trusts and other estate planning documents.
Kris continued this work when she started her own estate planning law practice in February, 2006. She is licensed to practice in all California state courts, and the United States District Court for the Tenth District. She is a member of the State Bar of California, and the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Kris worked and lived in Los Angeles from1994-2013. She has lived in Sonoma County since 2013. She has a wonderful teenage son named Evan.