Catherine Law

Catherine Law

Welcome to Catherine Law. Convenient. Comfortable. Personal. Straightforward. These are not words that are usually associated with lawyers and legal services. I aim to change that.

Firm Overview

I work with busy professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and parents who want the protection and peace of mind that a lawyer can offer without all of the hassle and discomfort that traditionally goes along with hiring a lawyer.

I leverage the convenience of technology to make the process easier, more comfortable, and less time-consuming, without sacrificing quality.

Hiring a lawyer doesn't have to be intimidating or outrageously expensive, and it doesn't have to involve trips to an outdated, stuffy office full of dusty law books and antique furniture. Open communication between you and your lawyer is essential, both so that your lawyer can do a good job and you can feel comfortable working with your lawyer. But for many individuals and businesses the traditional model of the lawyer-client relationship unnecessarily limits that communication and comfort.

I bring the law office into the 21st century to work with individuals and businesses who appreciate the convenience of a modern lawyer.
Main Office

Catherine Law
2225 E Bayshore Blvd. Ste. 200
Palo Alto  CA  94303

  • 650-485-3437

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 straight and LGBT individuals and couples in the greater San Francisco bay area and throughout California.

My office is virtual. So what does that mean for you?
Simply put: more options.

Sometimes a face to face meeting is great. I provide options for where that meeting takes place. And if a quick email or phone call will do, there's no need to fight traffic or miss work to visit me. I take advantage of all that technology has to offer in order to bring the law office to you. Result: you get high-quality legal representation without the inconvenience of a high-priced downtown law office and the traffic and parking nightmares that go with it.

You can do your banking online; work with colleagues across the country; get an education online; why should your lawyer be any different? Whether you're a busy professional, work long hours, have young kids at home, or simply want to spend less time on the road and more time on what matters, my virtual law office is here to help.

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, 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.

Marisa Nelson

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.

You can read more about me at
  • Bar Number: 278815
    California , 2011
  • 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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