Law Office of Marisa Catherine Nelson
I provide peace of mind through planning, high quality documents, attention to detail, answering your questions and addressing your concerns.
I practice law because it enables me to help you protect yourself and your loved ones by planning for the future. Death and incapacity are difficult topics - but a little planning now can make things so much easier down the road. While I can't prevent these things from happening, I can help you put a plan in place so that when your family and friends need to be by your side, they can be focused on you instead of stressing over the best way to care for you or stuck in court getting a judge's permission to do what they know is best for you.
PO Box 332
I believe that estate plans are very personal; your will or trust should fit your goals and needs, and make things simpler for you and your loved ones. Let us walk you through the process and give you peace of mind.
I work with straight and LGBT individuals and couples in the greater San Francisco bay area and beyond.
Whether your priority is to provide for your minor children; ensure that your spouse or partner can pay the bills if you're hospitalized; provide for a loved one without compromising his or her eligibility for Medi-Cal or other needs-based public benefits through a special needs trust; prevent your ex from getting their hands on your assets; document your health care wishes; or leave gifts to your loved ones, I can help.
My virtual office allows me to serve clients throughout California. I can meet with you in person, on the phone, or online. Whether you're down the street and can't get away from the office, have limited mobility, or just prefer not to fight traffic, let the law office come to you.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
I have always loved languages and their complexities. They are both technical and artistic. It is this love that drew me to drafting, both estate plans and contracts. An estate and gift tax class in law school first made this connection for me; my experience volunteering as a research attorney at the probate court in Redwood City further cemented this interest in wills and trusts. My work in this area allows me to use my love of language and my drafting skills to help people plan and protect themselves, simplifying situations as difficult and complex as death and incapacity.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
Finding a lawyer can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be that way. I am here to help you achieve your goals, and to answer your questions along the way so that you fully understand the services I am providing and how they work for you.
My office is virtual, which gives you more options. You are not limited to in-person meetings, and you don't have to find time in your busy schedule to get to my office. Whether you're a busy professional, have young kids at home, or just like to avoid dealing with bay area traffic whenever possible, my virtual law office will make things easier for you. In addition to in-person meetings I offer meetings by Skype and phone, as well as email communication.
I addition to running my practice I serve on the Advisory Board of the Sacred Dying Foundation, and volunteer with Bayview/Hunter's Point Community Legal in San Francisco.
I have worked extensively in the areas of same-sex marriage equality and sexuality law, including working with Professor Julie Nice, Herbst Foundation Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and writing "The IRS Moves Toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite DOMA," which was published in the USF Law Review in the Spring of 2011.
Prior to law school I earned my B.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish and French) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which strengthened not only my language skills but my love of travel.
In my free time I also enjoy reading, cooking, hiking, and wildlife photography.
- Bar Number: 278815
California , 2011
- University of San Francisco School of Law
- Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Modern Languages & Literatures (Spanish & French)
Minor in Geography & Anthropology