Welcome to the website of the Law Offices of Catherine Fisher, a law firm focused on business and real estate transactions, nonprofit organizations, and estate planning.
Our firm is conveniently located at the 19th Street Oakland BART station in Oakland, California.
We advise clients on a wide range of general business matters and ongoing operational problems, including corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, employment, technology transfer, and contractual transactions and advice. We also counsel businesses regarding structural and strategic decisions on issues such as choice of entity, awarding incentive compensation to key employees, and business succession planning.
Our real estate services include negotiating, preparing and administering contracts for sale, lease, tax-free exchange or other transfer of real property. The firm specializes in representing commercial and residential developers in acquisition of new projects. We routinely assist clients in evaluating projects for acquisition and are actively engaged in negotiations for new acquisitions. The firm also represents property owners and managers in leasing issues. Our clients include owners of office buildings, residential units, and warehouse, manufacturing and retail space.
We are actively engaged in estate planning for our clients with both large and more modest estates. We utilize revocable trusts whenever appropriate in order to reduce costs and inconvenience and to provide efficient transfer of property at death. This facet of our practice includes preparation of wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney, preparation of federal estate tax returns and handling audits and advising regarding family and charitable gift planning and implementation.
The firm is also involved in charitable gift planning and implementation. We represent several public charities and are actively involved in drafting and reviewing charitable remainder trusts and other charitable gift devices.