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Marisa Catherine Nelson

Marisa Catherine Nelson

Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning, Probate
  • California
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My goal is to make it more convenient, comfortable, personal, and straightforward to work with a lawyer. I work with busy professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and parents who want protection, peace of mind, and convenience, including local, out-of-state, and international clients with California legal needs. I leverage modern technology to make legal services easier to obtain, more comfortable, and less time-consuming, without sacrificing quality. At the same time, I take an old-fashioned approach to legal counsel. I want to be your trusted legal advisor, and that means earning your trust. Hiring a lawyer doesn’t have to be intimidating or outrageously expensive. Trust and open communication between you and your lawyer are essential. I take pride in being approachable, real, and available to my clients. I value integrity, trust, great service, peace of mind, and sustainability. If you share these values, contact me today! I look forward to speaking with you.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Areas
  • Trust Administration
  • LGBT Legal Issues
  • Spousal Property Petitions
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Free Consultation
    I offer an initial 30 minute consultation so that we can decide whether we want to work together. If we move forward working together, we do bill for this time. If you or we determine that we are not a good fit after the initial 30 minutes, we generally offer the courtesy of not billing for this 30 minute consultation. However, there are exceptions, so please feel free to ask.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Marisa C. Nelson
- Current
Associate Attorney
Watson & Machado LLP
Law Office of Marisa C. Nelson
Of Counsel
Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC
Law Office of Marisa C. Nelson (Catherine Law)
Research Assistant to Professor Julie Nice
Research and summarize developments in poverty and sexuality law, including cutting-edge research on the 9th Circuit Perry v. Brown decision. Contribute to book reviews, text books, and articles to be published by Professor Nice in 2012.
Volunteer Tax Preparer
Attended training and volunteered on weekends to help prepare and file tax returns for low-income bay area families. Conducted client interviews and prepared returns using Lacerte software.
Legal Research Volunteer Attorney
San Mateo County Superior Court, Probate Department
Attended hearings and prepared written recommendations for Probate Judge Miram on approximately 18 probate cases per week (over 400 total), including conservatorships; guardianships; estates and trusts; the appointment, supervision, instruction, and removal of fiduciaries; Heggstad petitions; trust modifications; property sales; fee petitions; and distributions.
University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. | Technology Contracting, Tax Law, Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research, Accounting for Lawyers, Technology Contracting, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation, Partnership Taxation, State & Local Taxation, Family Wealth Transfer Taxation
Honors: Top 20% Class Ranking
Activities: Published in USF Law Review, Volume 45, Issue 4, Spring 2011: "The IRS Moves Toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite DOMA" Maritime Law Journal, Associate Literary Editor and Tech Editor, 2010-2011 Journal of Law & Social Challenges, Articles Editor, 2009-2010 Advocate of the Year Competition, Fall 2009 Moot Court, Spring 2009
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California State University - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
B.A. | Modern Languages & Literatures; Geography & Anthropology
Universidad Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica, Summer 2007 Cuauhnáhuac Institute of Language and Culture, Cuernavaca México, Summer 2006
Honors: Dean's List
Activities: Human Powered Vehicle Team Wildflower Triathlon Security Committee American Society of Mechanical Engineers Society of Women Engineers
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Rising Star 2020
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Professional Associations
California Secretary of State
Notary Public
- Current
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San Mateo County Bar Association
- Current
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State Bar of California
- Current
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Bar Association of San Francisco
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American Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Outlook 2017 - Estate Planning Current Events, San Mateo, California
Maheras Wealth Management
LGBT Law Seminar, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
LGBTQIA Faculty & Staff Association
I will be speaking on the current state of California and federal law as it relates to LGBT rights, including the potential impact of the Perry (Prop 8) and Windsor (DOMA) cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. California currently allows registered domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage. How does that affect your rights and your taxes? How might they change next month? I will also discuss some simple things you can do to better protect yourself and your family, especially in the area of estate planning.
5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan, Palo Alto, California
Brown bag lunch seminar - bring your own lunch and come learn about how estate planning benefits you and your family now and in the future. We have all heard that we need to get our estate plan done - but why? What does it do for you? Learn more at this free seminar, co-hosted by myself and Michelle Kaiser, who will be discussing How to Create Your Own Investment Plan. Seating is limited - please RSVP. Coffee and water will be provided. No fee to attend and no strings attached. Hope to see you there!
5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan, Palo Alto, California
Websites & Blogs
Blog - Law Office of Marisa Catherine Nelson
Contact & Map
Law Office of Marisa C. Nelson
Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
1300 Industrial Road
Suite 14
San Carlos, CA 94070
Telephone: (650) 485-3437
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
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