Meet the Staff

Kristina R. Hess

Estate Planning Attorney, Mediator, and Legacy Building Coach

Kristina’s passion is to embody an everlasting trust with each of  her valuable clients. Her mission is to establish legal and inspirational legacies in order to pass them on to your future generations. Her objective, as your family attorney is to listen, to understand, and to protect you regarding legal, financial, plus business decisions throughout your life with her most compelling goal—to empower your loved ones when you cannot. Her vision is to be your guiding angel and is the bedrock foundation for KR Hess Law.

At her core, she is a strategic, yet creative thinker that comprehends the legal issues facing you as they relate to your individual life situation. Combine that with her analytical skills, and Kristina will efficiently equip you with the legal instruments to protect your hard earned wealth and, were something ever to happen, ensure that all you have earned throughout your life, stays within your family structure. 

Prior to establishing her own firm in 2009, Kristina has a proven track record with over 20 years of legal experience, highlighted with San Francisco’s prestigious law firms such as Shearman & Sterling and Pillsbury Winthrop. Her extensive “best practice” experience has been focused in a wide variety of complementary practice areas to include Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Charitable Planning, Litigation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Added to this, she is a co-author of Amazon’s best seller book, More Than Money – How to Leave a Lasting Legacy to Your Family.

She is a graduate from Berkeley Law School. Following that, Kristina was trained at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute and at Harvard University in conflict resolution and has worked as a court appointed mediator to resolve litigation, family business, real estate, and trust/estate disputes.

Kristina is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California.

Growing up in San Diego County, she has a full life with her husband and three sons where they enjoy playing soccer, running, skiing, practicing yoga and, of course, going to the beautiful beach. She has served as an Advisory Board member for the Boys & Girls Club Montessori School, coached youth soccer as well as raised funds for her local church. 

Education:

UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law), JD 1999

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, M.A. 1996,with distinction

University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. 1993

Call us today at (858) 461-6844 or email us to schedule a consultation.


San Diego Estate Planning Practice Staff
KR Hess Estate Planning Staff (L to R) Lee, Elizabeth, Kristina and Halecia

Elizabeth Herring

California Notary Public

Client Services Director

As the Client Services Director, Elizabeth connects with clients from the first phone call to the delivery of their important Estate Planning Portfolios. Elizabeth has 15 years of administration experience working in three different countries. Her knack for organization and attention to detail assists Kristina in assuring every client that their estate is being handled with care. Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, Elizabeth enjoys living in sunny San Diego with her husband and baby boy.


Lee Trahan

California Notary Public

Document Production

Lee Buthod Trahan, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, studied Criminal Justice at the University of Tulsa and Law at the University of Virginia. She retired from practicing real estate and business litigation law to raise her three boys.  She has been working with us as a Notary since 2011, and helps with drafting estate planning documents.


Halecia Wasserman

California Notary Public

Client Services Associate

Halecia has worked in the estate planning field for over 8 years. She is organized and has good attention to detail. She has been a California notary for the past 8 years. She graduated from SDSU with a degree in Psychology. Halecia was born in South Africa and has lived in the US for 32 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 teenage boys.


Lee Polzin

Web Development and Graphic Design

Lee Polzin has been with KR Hess Law, PC since the very beginning. Lee is a web designer, graphic designer and the owner of Luminary Graphics. Lee designed and maintains our website, customizes all of KR Hess Law’s marketing materials and email newsletters, edits the educational You Tube Videos, and creates client Trust Charts.