Wright Kim Douglas provides quality services to individuals, families, and business owners. Our desire is to provide a comprehensive plan to our client in order to meet their every need. The services we offer are:
Probate and Trusts
Wright Kim Douglas specializes in providing: planning and post death administration, with an emphasis in litigation.
- Living trust
- Irrevocable life insurance trust
- Power of attorney
- Business entities
- Basic Planning ensures that your Estate will not go through Probate. Probate is a court proceeding which determines who your Heirs are. Make sure you choose your Heirs and not the State.
- Living (Revocable) Trusts: Pour-over Wills, Grant Deeds, Asset Analysis, Trust Funding Documents, Durable Power of Attorney(s), Advance Health Care Directives
- Special Needs Trusts
- Discretionary Trusts
- A/B Trusts
- QTIP and QDOT Trusts
- Domestic Partner Trusts
- Advance Planning will ensure that your Estate will not be liquidated to pay for Estate and Inheritance Tax. It will also work to minimize or eliminate the tax.
- Irrevocable Trusts (ILIT)
- Grantor Trusts (GRIT/GRAT)
- Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRT)
- Family Limited Partnerships
- IRA Trusts
- Private Foundations
- Trust Administration Probate
- Estate Tax Returns
- LLP, LLC, and Corporations
Post Death Administration
- Trust administration
- Estate administration
- Trustee representation
- Executor representation
- Beneficiary representation
Family law is the area of law relating to family relationships. Although the most common family law matter in divorce (known as "dissolution of marriage"), family law also includes paternity proceedings, adoption, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), juvenile dependency, retraining orders, the division of marital properties and debts, grandparent visitation, guardianships, and conservatorships.
Our firm represents clients in all of these aspects of family law, with an emphasis on high net worth divorces, and focuses on the unique needs of each client in working toward a fair resolution of their concerns, and avoiding the unnecessary public exposure of private issues. We provide counsel in child custody matters, visitation and support issues, and also handle post-judgment matters such as modification of spousal support, child support and child custody orders. We are also experienced in working with victims of domestic violence and obtaining restraining orders when appropriate. In all of our family law matters, we make every effort to help alleviate the anxiety that often arises in such proceedings.
Child custody and support are two of the most contentious issues in many divorce proceedings. We encourage clients to participate in divorce mediation before looking to courts to resolve disputes regarding the division of property or child custody. Most courts provide court-ordered mediation before any custody-sharing issue is presented in public. Mediation is done without lawyers present, and most families find this service helpful in working out a custody-sharing plan. Parties are not legally obligated to agree with the mediator, however, and the mediator has no judicial power. Whatever route you choose, our lawyers can help you and your spouse settle the division of your property, child and spousal support issues, and will represent you in court to finalize such matters.
Domestic violence exists where, in any relationship between sexual partners, family members, or people who live or have lived together, a person causes bodily injury, sexually assaults, threatens, harasses, destroys the personal property, or disturbs the peace of another. If domestic violence or emotional abuse is occurring or is likely to occur in your family, one of our family law attorneys can help you obtain a "kick-out" or restraining order. A restraining order may direct the named party not to approach the victim or the victim's home, work, or vehicle, and may prohibit any efforts to communicate with the victim, or to transfer money or other property. Time is of the essence when seeking a domestic violence restraining order. In all of our family law matters, we will do all we can to resolve your very personal, often painful, legal matters as quickly and sensitively as possible.
Division of Property
Since California is a community property state, division of assets and debts in divorce can pose a significant challenge. Many factors can affect the final property settlement. Wright Kim Douglas has represented and achieved equitable property settlement agreements for numerous clients with varying marital asset levels, including multi-million dollar disputes. Often the complexities of divorce proceedings are heightened by concerns regarding division of assets and debt for clients with high-value property and significant individual and marital investments and debt, including: investment assets, Family-owned businesses and closely held corporations, Professional practice interests, inventory, and investments, High value homes such as vacation homes and investment real estate, IRS tax debt and Credit card debt.
Community Property vs. Separate Property
California is one of nine states recognizing community property division.
- Community property describes all assets (and debts) that were jointly acquired during marriage. Each spouse is seen as contributing equally, regardless of individual income, so community property is divided evenly. This means that each spouse receives one-half of these assets, which can include money, real estate, retirement plans, furniture, automobiles, and possessions.
- Separate property is property that belongs to one spouse and is not subject to division in divorce. This includes property that a spouse brought to the marriage (a house, a business, pension funds) or assets or debts acquired in the name of one spouse during the marriage (an inheritance, personal injury award, or education loans).
We work with a team of professional appraisers, accountants, and actuaries to properly value marital assets, in furtherance of tailoring an innovative and reasonable proposal, or properly assess the opposition's proposal.
Wright Kim Douglas lawyers have litigated all types of business disputes ranging from breach of contract to business tort claims, fraud, insurance coverage, unfair competition and accountants’ liability cases, RICO and claims under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. We can litigate effectively and efficiently just about any contract or tort dispute that arises in the business context and we have litigated those cases throughout California and in a number of other states. We have represented businesses of all types--publicly held corporations, privately owned companies, partnerships and joint ventures--as well as individuals, including entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate officers and directors, and executives.
Our lawyers have represented businesses in many different employment disputes. These disputes run the gamut from million dollar litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitrations to smaller compensation disputes with employees. We have litigated wrongful termination claims on behalf of employers, federal and state wage and hour class actions, and we have represented clients accused of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.
Real estate transactions and disputes involve many laws, which vary greatly depending the state of the transaction. If you are selling or buying real estate or are involved in a dispute regarding real estate, it is in your best interest to set an appointment to meet with an experienced real estate attorney to ensure that your rights are protected
Watching your parents grow old can be a very bittersweet and sometimes painful emotional process. It can also become a time-consuming process as our aging parents need our help more and more. Most of us are busy working to support our own families and are left with very little time to take care of our aging parents. This article will explain what a CONSERVATORSHIP is and how it can help you to protect your aging parent (or any other elderly relative or friend who needs protection).
We are experienced in the drafting and administration of special needs trust, also known as supplemental needs trust. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 specifically authorizes the creation and use of these trusts to hold assets belonging to the recipient of needs-based government benefits. The assets and income of a special needs trust are not counted towards the resource and income limit for the purpose of determining eligibility of needs-based government benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California). A wide variety of disbursements from the special needs trust can be made for the benefit of the beneficiary for medical and other purposes, although monies should never be given directly to the beneficiary. The beneficiary cannot serve as the trustee of his or her own special needs trust.
Wright Kim Douglas is committed to excellent service. Our goal is to ensure every client gets the personal attention they deserve.