Estate Planning Attorney

Focusing on Families with Minor Children

Education, Planning & Protection

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Kids Safeguard System

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Protect Your Family

Are Your Kids Protected if the Unthinkable Happens?

Do you have long-term guardians named for your kids? What about short-term guardians? Is there someone you don’t want to raise your kids that could? Does your babysitter know what to do in case there is an emergency and you don’t make it home?

These are common questions that should be addressed to ensure your kids are protected.

Estate Planning Services

  • Revocable Trusts
  • Wills & Pour-Over Wills
  • Advance Health Care Directive
  • Power of Attorney
  • HIPPA Authorization
  • Kids Safeguard System
  • Guardianship
  • Trust Administration
  • Amendments
  • Restatements
  • Assistance transferring assets to your current living trust

Upcoming Events

Trees and Trusts

{Free Seminar} Estate Planning for Parents with Minor Children

  • Saturday, December 1st
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 1500 Palma Dr., 2nd Floor Ventura
  • Breakfast Provided
  • Free Childcare

Birch Family Services Seminar

{Free Seminar} Estate Planning for Parents with Minor Children

  • Wednesday, December 5th
  • 6 :00 PM
  • 196 Hillcrest Dr. #93, Thousand Oaks

Schedule a Workshop

Do you have an Organization or Group that you would like Crista Hermance, Estate Planning Mom, to do a workshop for?

Families avoid estate planning for many reasons. Planning for what happens after your death can bring up a lot of emotions that most people don’t want to deal with. Families continually put-off doing their estate plan because it can be a hassle and bring out unwanted feelings that people just don’t want to think about. That is where I come in. I am here to make it a painless and even pleasant experience for you. After working with me to create the most affordable and appropriate estate plan designed specifically for your family, you will feel relief and comfort knowing your family is cared for and protected.

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Every family is different and therefore needs an estate plan to fit their family. My approach to estate planning is to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. I will work with you to create a unique and personalized plan that meets the needs of your family. Families are always growing and things are constantly changing, so even after your plan is complete,  I will continuously follow-up, send you the latest news and changes in the law, and be available to answer any questions you may have in the future.

If this approach sounds like a good fit for your family, then please contact me so we can get started. I will be happy to discuss any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you and providing your family with the long term protection everyone needs!

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From Our Clients

We take pride in our work to ensure you have a pleasant experience. Read our reviews from happy customers:

 

 

“In the fall of 2015 a family member of mine fell very ill, and when we realized she didn’t have a will and trust, i called Crista.  Crista handled the situation with extreme professionalism and with a sense of urgency my situation called for.  I am forever grateful for her help and guidance during a difficult time.  I would highly recommend Crista for a family and estate planning needs!”

– Jim H.

“We had a very wonderful experience with Crista from beginning to end. Not only was everything explained properly, but she answered every question we had and anticipated further. We originally did the legal zoom standard package but this is so much more comprehensive and I really feel strongly that our assets and children will be protected correctly.”

– Dana M.

My wife and I had a great experience working with Crista Hermance on a comprehensive plan for our estate. From the start, Crista was thorough and methodical in explaining all aspects of the estate planning to help guide our decision making throughout the process. Her organization was clear from the start and our notary stated that the signature signing process for our documents, which was well outlined by Crista, was the easiest one that the notary ever encountered. The flat fee for the work that Crista provided set aside any worries of hidden or unexpected charges whenever we had questions to ask her. She was communicative throughout the process and we could not ask for a more straightforward process for the complicated and difficult discussion of estate planning.

Kevin C.

 

“My husband and I attended Crista’s seminar about after life arrangements and it was very informative. Shes very knowledgeable and mentioned many things that I had never even thought about. She answered all my questions and made everything simple and easy to understand. I highly recommend her.”

-Shircara T.

 

“Great to work with-she came and presented at my home for myself and some friends. So glad to have all this info that I didn’t even know I needed to know.”

-Ellen H.

 

“Crista was wonderful in handling our Trust and Child Safe Guard. It is a relief to know that if anything ever happens my family will be taken care of according to our wishes. I recommend the rest of my family to use her as well.”

-Christie E.

 

“Once you have kids you realize life is no longer about you anymore. You now have other humans you are responsible for. With that comes hard questions and difficult decisions that have to be made. Crista made the whole process smooth. We were actually in a time crunch and she accommodated us. She came to our home which made it easier. I would highly recommend her.”

-Kristi C.

 

“I cannot say enough about Crista. I was so impressed with her knowledge and helpfulness. She really helped me and my family prepare for the future. She was incredibly professional and devoted to making this process as easy as possible for me and my family. She makes a tough subject easy and fun. We are so happy that we decided to protect our family with an estate plan.”

-Lauren T.

 

“When we found out we were pregnant with our second child, my wife and I finally decided we needed to be grown ups and establish a Will and Trust. As luck would have it, Crista presented at my wife’s mom group at Ventura Missionary Church and offered a great price to get us set up.
Crista was very professional and accommodating as she made the effort to come to our house to do business.
She also went above and beyond in getting us prepared with temporary guardianship papers on short notice when she knew we were going to have a babysitter.
We highly recommend Crista, and now that the process is done we can’t figure out why we waited so long to do it. It’s a huge relief to know that our kids will be taken care of. “
– Bradley B.

 

“I am so glad I chose Crista to do our estate planning. She was incredibly thorough and answered all of our questions about the entire process from planning our trust all the way to funding it. I have never left a Yelp review before but I felt her and her entire team deserve as much recognition for all their hard work as possible. Crista is personable and makes an otherwise daunting task fun and seamless. “
-Alex T.

Location

1500 Palma Drive, 2nd Floor

Ventura, CA 93003

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