Dear Visitor,

We lost our Paradise office in the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018. Our existing Downtown Chico office could not accommodate our Paradise staff, so we acquired a second, temporary location in Chico in the Philadelphia Square complex. The address is 55 Independence Circle, Suite 106, Chico, CA 95973. Phone, fax and email remain the same.

We look forward to the rebuilding process and will continue to support our community and clients as we have for over 60 years. Thank you for your 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 have established with our community and our clients, business professionals and community based charitable organizations. These relationships continue to be the foundation and basis 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 (“13100” Affidavits, “Heggstad” and related petitions)
  • 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. Conservatorships are complex legal proceedings. Our attorneys have extensive experience with conservatorships including qualification by the court for the appointment of counsel for the conservatee (the individual in need) when such appointment is warranted.

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
  • Commercial Lease Agreements

Real Estate

Services include:

  • Residential and Commercial Lease 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.