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 also a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Society and 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.
Kris is licensed to practice law 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, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and a Notary Public.
From November, 2004 through January, 2006, Kris learned estate planning at The Law Office of Diedre Wachbrit. While at Diedre’s office, 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, advanced health care directives, HIPPA 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.
She has proudly continued to offer these services and more since opening her own Estate Planning law firm on February 14, 2004.
Additionally, in 2013 Kris obtained her license to provide Life, Health, Disability insurance to offer more comprehensive service to her clients. She is also Covered CA certified.
Kris grew up in south San Francisco and went to Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA. She then lived in Los Angeles from 1994-2013. She is now living back in Northern California where all of her family is located. Since Kris is a travelling attorney, she enjoys getting to meet her clients both in Northern California where she grew up and Los Angeles where she lived almost 20 years.