Firm Overview

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.


Sincerely,

Marisa Catherine Nelson
Catherine Law
Main Office

Catherine Law
1370 Willow Road
Menlo Park  CA  94025

Phone
  • 650-485-3437
Fax

Other Offices

  • Catherine Law
    1900 S Norfolk St. Ste. 350
    San Mateo,  CA  94403
Estate Planning
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 me walk you through the process and give you peace of mind.
I work with all couples, individuals, and families in the greater San Francisco bay area, throughout California and the world.

I offer high quality legal advice and documents, paired with excellent customer service. My goal is to make it more convenient, comfortable, personal, and straightforward to work with a lawyer.

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, making difficult situations so that when the time comes you can spend your time on what matters: your loved ones (not court).

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, understand your needs so that I can tailor my advice and documents to your unique situation, and answer your questions along the way.

I offer high quality legal advice and documents, paired with excellent customer service.

Marisa Nelson

In addition to helping my clients 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.

You can read more about me at http://www.catherinelaw.net/about/.
License
  • Bar Number: 278815
    California , 2011
Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    J.D. , 2011
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Modern Languages & Literatures (Spanish & French) , 2007
    Minor in Geography & Anthropology

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