Pratt Law

Firm Overview

Proper Estate Planning provides you and your family with the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing that your needs and your family's needs will be taken care of in the future. While many people associate estate planning with preparation for ones' passing, the truth is that estate planning may also be incredibly valuable should you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

Pratt Law offers sophisticated, high-quality, customized estate planning for individuals and families of all ages and configurations. Pratt Law assists clients in establishing living trusts; providing for the care of minor dependents; making charitable contributions; and devising plans to manage health and financial affairs in the event of incapacity. Clients include individuals, married couples, families with children, business owners, high net-worth professionals, and those seeking to avoid probate and minimize or eliminate estate taxes. From Menlo Park, California, Pratt Law advises clients throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Founder and owner, Analisa Pratt, takes pride in being approachable, available, and down-to-earth. With Analisa, you can count on personalized legal counseling and excellent customer service. She will listen to your concerns and then will design an estate plan to meet your needs, wishes, and values. Throughout the estate planning process, Analisa will answer your questions and help you to understand how your unique plan works and how best to keep it current throughout your lifetime.
Main Office
750 Menlo Ave, Suite 200
Menlo Park  CA  94025
  • (650) 485-1771
  • (650) 331-2837
Estate Planning
Bay Area's Estate Planning and Administration
There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning. Pratt Law advises individuals, business owners and families about the best ways to plan for future security through wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care directives, gifts and other estate planning tools. Services range from basic estate plan packages to advanced trust instruments suitable for complex tax liability problems or business management succession.

Set forth below are examples of what an estate plan can accomplish:

* Specify who will receive your property on your death (if you don't specify this, the laws of California will do it);
* Name an executor for your estate (the person who oversees the administration of a probate estate);
* Name the trustee for your trust (if applicable);
* Establish trusts for a spouse or minor children (minors cannot manage property themselves);
* Preserve your share of your assets for your children or other beneficiaries (for example, if your spouse survives you and remarries after your death, your estate plan can prevent your share of the estate from passing to your spouse's new spouse);
* Help minimize death and other transfer taxes;
* Provide some creditor protection for your children following your death;
* Provide for the management of your assets if you become incapacitated and can no longer manage them;
* Designate who will receive your life insurance proceeds, retirement plan benefits, IRAs, or annuities on your death (those types of assets usually will not pass under your will); and
* Provide a vehicle for making lifetime gifts to your children through use of trusts or custodianship gifts.

Analisa Pratt

Analisa Pratt is the Founder of Pratt Law, which specializes in estate and trust planning and estate administration. Analisa has been practicing law for over 10 years and is licensed in California and Arizona.

Before launching Pratt Law, Analisa practiced law with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates. She also served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and as a legal research attorney with the Superior Court of California.

Analisa has received a number of awards for her pro bono contributions to the legal field including the Wiley M. Manuel award from the California State Bar Association, the Jack W. Londen Award for exemplary efforts protecting and advancing civil rights of marginalized communities from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and the John Wilson Award for pro bono service from WSGR.

Analisa has lived in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. Originally from the Midwest, she earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She earned her law degree with tax specialization certificate from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Analisa's experience working with her own family's estate planning and administration inspired her to transform her practice from focusing on litigation to a practice in which she helps individuals and families manage their complex personal estate-planning needs.

In her free time, Analisa enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband and two boys. Analisa especially enjoys assisting her children with life's challenges and supporting their interests in sports, music and technology.

* State Bar of California (Active)
*State Bar of Arizona (Inactive)
*Santa Clara County Bar Association
*Silicon Valley Bar Association
* Wealth Counsel Member

Analisa regularly speaks to groups of varying sizes about estate planning topics such as estate planning basics, wills and trusts, estate planning for young families, and estate planning for seniors. Please contact her if you would like her to speak to your group.

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