Dear Visitor,

We’ve had two Chico locations since 2018 resulting from the loss of our Paradise office in the Camp Fire. We are now consolidating our two Chico offices into a new single location at 2725 Esplanade, Chico CA, on the corner of Henshaw and Esplanade. Our phone numbers, fax numbers and email all remain the same.

We’ll begin seeing clients at the new location effective Monday, October 18, 2021. Thank you for your continued support.

Randy Bakke and Erwin Williams

Since 1954, we’ve provided legal services for individuals, families, business owners, ranchers and farmers throughout Butte County and the North State. Our firm was built upon the relationships we established with our community and clients, business professionals and community based charitable organizations. These relationships continue to be the foundation for growth.

Estate planning and administration; business entity formation and transactions; real property matters; family law; mediation and, most recently, bankruptcy are services provided by our firm. Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with one of our attorneys. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your legal needs.

Estate Planning

We offer a wide variety of estate planning tools to meet your objectives.

  • Revocable Intervivos Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trust including Special Needs Trusts
  • Planned Giving
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Healthcare Directives
  • Wills and Codicils
  • Pre and Post Marital Agreements

Trust Administration & Probate

We assist our clients with the administration of estates when loved ones can no longer manage their own affairs and following death.

Administration services include:

  • Appointment of Successor Trustees
  • Marshalling Assets
  • Preparation of requisite notices
  • Assistance with valuation and determining character of assets (separate vs. community assets)
  • Preparation of allocation agreements and the creation and funding of sub-trusts
  • Accountings and Distribution
  • Representation of trustees and beneficiaries for on-going and long-term trust administration
  • Court proceedings when necessary
  • Post-death transfers of assets for probate avoidance
  • Probate, Spousal Petitions, Small Estate Transfers

Conservatorships

Legal proceedings may be necessary to ensure the financial and personal well-being of loved ones with cognitive disabilities or diminishing capacities. In the absence of an estate plan, a conservatorship may be required.

Business Transactions

We assist our business clients with:

  • General and Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Corporate formation including Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Shareholder Agreements, Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Farm Lease Agreements

Real Estate

Services include:

  • Real Property Agreements
  • Easements
  • Quiet Title
  • Partition Actions

Family Law

Our firm offers a wide variety of family law services including assistance with:

  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Legal Separation
  • Collaborative Family Law Services
  • Complex Property Matters
  • Mediation
  • Spousal and Child Support Matters
  • Pre and Post Marital Planning

Bankruptcy

For clients facing money problems and creditor pressure, our firm can explain your options, both practical and legal.  Often, the most important first step is to start making the best possible decisions going forward.  Negotiation with creditors will possibly relieve the pressure.  If not, there are legal steps that can be taken to resolve all issues and get a fresh start, usually through a bankruptcy filing.  We practice in the bankruptcy court and can guide you through the process to achieve debt relief.  It is a final resort after exhausting other avenues but it will end the uncertainty.

For business owners, at the first sign of financial distress, we encourage an early meeting with our attorneys.  We can provide an assessment of business strengths and weakness, explain the rights of creditors, anticipate their likely actions and formulate a plan to achieve solvency when possible.  In cases where creditor pressure appears unmanageable, we can assist in a bankruptcy filing providing short-term relief from creditor threats while a plan to resolve debt issues is formulated.  Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings may be options. If so, we guide you through these complex processes. Options will be discussed in our initial meeting and early preparations will be made if a filing appears inevitable.  Early planning is critical while options remain available.