Martina Kang Ravicz, A Professional Law Corporation

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Firm Overview

My firm focuses on providing caring and quality legal services to clients with probate, trust, estate planning, real estate, conservatorship or guardianship issues. The firm opened in May 2003.

Example cases

Will Contest — Decedent had a dozen wills and codicils prior to death which were very similar in content. However, about 10 days prior to her death, she made a new will which left most of her estate to a relative she had wanted to disinherit a month prior to her death. Numerous witnesses would testify on both the capacity and lack of capacity of decedent.

Conservatorship — Proposed conservatee made gifts to caregivers who wore sexy lingerie, and made numerous amendments to trust. However, he objected to the establishment of a conservatorship, claiming that he knew what he was doing and had the right to give his assets to whomever he pleased. Conservatorship was established based on conservatee's inability to resist undue influence.

Main Office

Main
165 South Civic Drive
Suite 7
Palm Springs  CA  92262

Phone
  • (760) 327-4900
Fax
  • (760) 327-4902

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free 15 minute consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No.

Hourly Rates

$300.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Linda Wells

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Yes, I have speaking ability in Korean.

Estate Planning
Revocable inter vivos trusts, marital deduction trusts, credit trusts, survivor's trusts, last will and testament, pourover wills, advance health care directive, health power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and other instruments
Ms. Ravicz emphasizes quality, caring legal services at reasonable rates. She began her legal career in Fairbanks, Alaska in September 1987. She took a sabbatical in 1999-2000 to homestead 15 acres on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Ms. Ravicz moved to the Palm Springs area in 2000.

Ms. Ravicz’ practice focuses on probate and trust administration; Probate Court litigation; conservatorships; trusts; wills; will contest; guardianship; estate planning; and business organization Ms. Ravicz is a member of the Desert Bar Association, California Bar Association, and the Trusts & Estates Section of the State Bar of California. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs High School Academic Boosters Club and volunteers for Harvard University and Special Education Department, Palm Springs High School. Ms. Ravicz was born in Inchon, South Korea and grew up in Aiea, Hawaii.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The population in Coachella Valley includes significant number of elderly persons. There is a great demand for lawyers in my primary areas of practice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients have much free information on the internet and elsewhere to learn about legal issues they face. I believe such education is helpful. However, there is a tendency to simplify the potential solutions. Therefore, I believe the clients should discuss that they have learned about certain legal issues with an attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am very willing to do so.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am generally not willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves.

Martina Kang Ravicz

• Call, Barrett & Burbank, Fairbanks, Alaska — 1987-1989
• Davis, Wright Tremaine, Anchorage, Alaska — 1989-1991
• Martina Kang Ravicz, Fairbanks, Alaska - 1991- 2000
• Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, Palm Springs, California — 2000-2003

Seeing cases through from beginning to end over the years and understanding the issues - legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual - that factor into resolving legal issues have made me a better lawyer. I also believe that my love of learning generally helps me to be better lawyer. I still find the practice of law interesting and I enjoy what I do.

I provide personal attention and thoughtful options. I prefer out-of-court solutions. However, if such attempts are unsuccessful, I can aggressively protect clients' interests in court.

Personal interests:

Reading, gardening, traveling, fishing, and skiing.

License
  • Bar Number: 207217
    California , 2000
Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1987
    Washington, DC
  • Harvard University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1984
    Cambridge, MA

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