Legal Services

Karen A. Lapinski's primary areas of practice are estate planning and administration. She works directly with each client to prepare an individualized estate plan which addresses her client's unique situation and concerns. For those with probate, trust administration, or conservator responsibilities, Karen provides legal guidance to assist clients in fulfilling those duties.

Mediation

Karen has mediated over 100 cases on a wide range of subjects. She now focuses her mediation work in the areas of family law, trusts, and probate. Karen offers family law mediation as an option to contested divorce, support, and child custody and visitation proceedings. In the area of trust administration and probate, she mediates asset distribution matters and conservatorships, including multi-party disagreements.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning - Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives

  • Estate Administration - Trust administration, probate, mediated settlements

  • Conservatorships - Person or estate

  • Family Law - Mediated divorce agreements, support, child custody, and child visitation ​

  • Landlord/Tenant - Leases and terminations (landlord only)

  • Contracts - General business contracts, settlement agreements

Admissions and Commissions

Associations & Community

  • Silicon Valley Bar Association Education Committee

  • City of Santa Clara Senior Center

  • Support Strokes to benefit the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

  • Project Sentinel Arbitrator

Education

  • Washington University School of Law (JD)

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BSIE, MS)

Karen A. Lapinski

Attorney and Mediator