Karn Thapar

Karn Thapar

Fixed Fee Billing and Client-Focused Guidance.
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law
  • California, Oregon
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Biography

My approach to practicing law is to make it as stress-free as possible for my clients. That means that I have created an environment where working with my firm is understandable, approachable and pleasant.

I have been practicing law for approximately 15 years and my area of specialization is estate planning, which includes the drafting of wills, trusts and also handling probate matters. As mentioned previously, taking care of my clients is my top priority, and as such, I charge a flat fee for nearly all of the clients that I work with.

We do not charge for new clients consultations and I do not "bill" clients when they call me to answer a simple question! Thanks for taking the time to review my biography and I look forward to working with you and your family to achieve your estate planning goals.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate
Probate Administration
Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 255673
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Oregon
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 216136
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Thapar Law
- Current
Professor
Central Connecticut State University
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Executive
Ernst & Young
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Associate
Morrison & Foerster LLP
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Education
New York University School of Law
J.D.
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University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
MBA
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University of Southern California
B.S. | Business Administration
Honors: Cum Laude
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Awards
5 Star Rating
Google
Earned by less than 1% of law firms nationwide.
Super Lawyers
Estate Planning and Probate
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 255673
Member
Current
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Oregon State Bar  # 216136
Member
Current
Activities: Elder Law Section; Estate Planning and Administration Section
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Publications
Articles & Publications
“What’s the Secret? Trade Secret Protection and Tax Avoidance.”
Journal of Accounting and Finance
“Give me a Voice! Freedom of Speech in the Private Sector.”
“Throwing Stones at the Glass Steagall Act.”
Daily Journal
Certifications
Wealth Counsel
Estate Planning and Probate
Elder Counsel
Estate Planning and Probate
Websites & Blogs
Website
Thapar Law Website
Legal Answers
24 Questions Answered
Q. Im a beneficiary and have no I. D or bank account. Is there any way other than a check that i can receive my money?
A: Distributions to beneficiaries do not necessarily have to be via check. They could be paid in other forms. However, depending on the estate matter, the individual providing the distribution may require a receipt.
Q. Any reasons why dying intestate in California wouldn't b a reasonable choice to eliminate task burden on family/friends?
A: The state only gets involved as a last resort. If there are known family members, they generally have the responsibility to take care of affairs after an individual passes away.

Inheritance priority generally goes to spouses, children, parents and then siblings. Another thing to keep in mind is that a small estate affidavit is generally an option to cut down on costs and court time if your assets are below a certain amount ($184,500) and you do not own real estate.
Q. Is it illegal to have someone type up a letter for power of attorney when they are in the red deathbed unable to sign
A: There are many issues here and you may be best served by speaking with a qualified attorney. As you stated, a power of attorney only applies during the lifetime of the individual. It ceases effectiveness at death. Additionally, it seems that there may be questions regarding the individual's capacity to sign the POA or any other contracts. Such documents are only valid if the individual has the capacity to understand what they are signing.
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Contact & Map
Thapar Law, a Professional Corporation
101 Parkshore Drive
Folsom, CA 95630
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: You may also send us a message at https://www.thaparlaw.com/contact and we will respond to you within one business day.