“Over the past few years we have had the opportunity to work with Jonathan on many complicated issues. He is incredibly professional, patient and thorough. An extra bonus in working with Jonathan is his wife Deanne! They are both wonderful and make a well rounded team.”
From formation to exit our understanding of the law allows us to customize and personalize our services for your unique desires and needs.
We represent small businesses and startups at each stage of the business cycle from formation to exit. We strive to provide practical, grounded, tax-efficient business strategies, clear communications, and thorough documentation to protect your business interests.
Tax law may impact personal, business and estate matters. We strive to distill tax law into understandable, relatable and easy to apply concepts for your particular situation.
Tax law can have a profound impact on business transactions such as choice of entity personal, business and estate matters. We strive to distill tax law into understandable, relatable and easy to apply concepts for your particular situation.
Watts Law provides creative yet practical legal solutions to individuals, families, and businesses in the Northern and Central regions of California within the areas of practice of business, tax, and estate planning.
We have been delivering comprehensive legal counsel in business entity formation and reorganization, business transactional work from incorporation to dissolution, tax planning, tax-informed business contracts, and estate planning. Jonathan listens carefully and provides focused practical and thoughtful guidance.
Our mission when we started Watts Law was to provide our clients with excellent legal service coupled with unparalleled customer service. The brightest attorney is of little value to their clients if they are unreachable or unapproachable.
We interact directly with our clients, prepare all documents personally, and understand the unique needs of our clients.
Johnathan Watts water skiing at Bullards Bar Reservoir
Our mission when we started Watts Law was to provide our clients with excellent legal service coupled with unparalleled customer service. The brightest attorney is of little value to their clients if they are unreachable or unapproachable. We interact directly with our clients, prepare all documents personally, and understand the unique needs of our clients.
Our clients are easily able to get ahold of us and can rely on the time estimates that we provide. Whether we are drafting a partnership agreement, your estate plan, or forming your corporation or limited liability company, we are aware of the status of your project because we handle every step of the project from start to finish. No outsourcing, no handing matters off to an associate. If we do not have the expertise required for your services, we will let you know.
Quite simply, We provide the kind of personal yet professional relationship that we seek from the local community individuals who provide services to our family.
Everyday activities can result in incapacitation and death
Our family enjoys horses, hiking, boating, and water skiing. Jonathan has sustained cracked ribs, has face planted, and developed some impressive calluses on his hands from his love of water skiing. These pale in comparison to the potential of serious injury or death that we all face when we get into our cars every day to drive to work and school. Or step into our love of horseback riding, boating, or other sports.
The point being that anything can happen to you or to me as we go about our day-to-day activities. The point isn’t to be afraid or not do the things we love, but to have preparations in place to ensure that your family is provided for and that your wishes have been laid out in an estate plan.
Do I Really Need an Estate Plan ?
Everyday activities and hobbies can result in injury or death.
If you do not have an estate plan, the State of California’s Probate Code has a default estate plan. It likely will not reflect your personal wishes and desires. It will also involve your estate winding its way through Probate Court and the expense and aggravation that is involved with that.
I liken getting an estate plan drafted to going to the Dentist. I dislike going to the Dentist and even more paying for the privilege of having my teeth cleaned and examined. However, failing to caretake my oral health could end up costing me much more time, money, and pain. I use that as an example to our clients. It’s repugnant to think about death, to have to pay an attorney for that privilege, to think about what will happen to our finances and who be the guardians of our children. However, the alternative of not planning ahead and getting an estate plan in place means that you leave your loved one’s scrambling to find an attorney to assist them with the Probate Court system and having the additional burden of a protracted Probate process to add to the grief and sadness that your family will already be feeling.
The sports and activities we love, like horseback riding, hiking, boating, driving, etc. can end badly and catastrophically. Peace of mind is something that is in short supply. An estate plan can add some much-needed security that you can be assured that the wishes you have for yourself and for your assets will be honored in an estate plan.
We find that our clients seek our assistance with solving a legal problem, gaining insight and direction on a looming tax matter, or strategizing on the best entity choice for a new start-up. Additionally, we have found that when clients are wanting to expand or sell their businesses that Jonathan is strategically placed to assist them in that expansion or with drafting the documents needed to sell the business.
Tax law may impact your personal, business and estate matters. Watts Law strives to distill tax law into understandable, relatable, and easy to apply concepts for your particular situation.
Estate Planning clients are routinely referred to Jonathan as a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law who carefully drafts Estate Plans from a perspective of taking full advantage of tax planning to protect the value of your estate and passing on that value to your beneficiaries.
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