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Testimonials

Very Thorough and Professional

"We are so happy we finally got our trust done. Catherine was both personable, and very thorough and professional. We especially appreciated that she went way beyond our initial agreement to make sure that a property transfer for my sister was completed. She identified that as a potential problem in the future for us and made sure that it was fixed. She is a good woman doing very good work. Thank you, Catherine!"

—Antonet O'Toole

 

Great Advice for Securing My Future

"With my husband so ill, I found it difficult to accomplish much but when I called Catherine Blakespear on a recommendation she was at our home immediately and able to complete our trust quickly and efficiently. She also gave me great advice for securing my future and what I should do after this life event of my husband passing. My life would be really messy if we had not called her to complete our trust planning right before my husband died. She really understood our situation, which has made it easier for me to move forward. It was the best money ever invested and I can highly recommend her to anyone needing help in this very necessary life plan."

—Joni Rogers

 

The Only Attorney I Refer My Clients To

As a Real Estate Broker and Legal Document Assistant, I come in contact with people who need Estate Planning, Trusts or Probate services on a regular basis. Having worked with Catherine over the past few years, she has become the only Attorney I refer my clients to. Because I am so confident in her abilities and trust her completely, I used Catherine for my own estate planning and trust revisions. I have received nothing but praise from my clients for referring them to Catherine. She is knowledgeable, thorough, professional and has the utmost integrity. I am so happy to be able to say I know Catherine and have someone I can confidently refer my clients to.

— Judy Castillo Marshall

 

Expert and Far-sighted Recommendations

I am pleased to highly recommend the expert services of Catherine S. Blakespear for Estate Planning at any level of complexity. My recommendation is based on my personal experience in working with her during the past several months in the transition process of the estate of my sister’s recently deceased life-companion, and the planning and preparation of my sister’s own Revocable Living Trust and associated safety net documents. My sister and I relied heavily on her expert and far-sighted recommendations about how best to structure my sister’s estate to serve her near and long-term interests. The instruction she gave me regarding my new duties as a co-trustee of my sister’s estate were clear and complete. The preparation of the documentation associated with the estate planning was impeccable. Highly knowledgeable, professional, personable and responsive, she impressed me as someone who is attentive and sincerely focused on working with her clients to achieve the best outcome for her clients. Her actions and informed advice also demonstrated the highest levels of integrity.

— Walter J. Reger CAPT, USCG (ret)

 

Confidence in Their Experience and in the Legal Continuity

"Tricia A. Smith has overseen my legal matters since I interviewed for an attorney in 1996 and has done so with great competency. When I inquired with my associates for recommendations of superior legal representation, Ms. Smith was named repeatedly. With such strong recommendations from persons who I held in great respect, I interviewed and promptly hired her. Her knowledge and skills are outstanding and warrant the confidence that any client deserves.

As life situations changed, I sought succinct and up-to-date counsel regarding expansion of my estate plans. Tricia brought Catherine Blakespsear into those counseling appointments, and it was not difficult to understand such a decision. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable in estate laws and tax implications of various estate structures. Additionally she has the ability to listen carefully to what her clients are seeking and then to put those goals into a plan. A unique talent of hers is to design a plan that is suitable for the current day but also flexible enough to work in the future when life changes.

Together Tricia and Catherine have strengths that are complimentary for a well-rounded approach to estate planning. I have confidence in their experience and in the legal continuity I believe they will provide over the years."

—Arlene Hanson Drach