M.B.A., J.D., LL.M. (TAXATION)
CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE AND TRUST LAW BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION
Siddharth is the managing partner of Chhokar Law Group, P.C. Siddharth is unique among estate planning practitioners by his unyielding commitment to creating Your Total Estate Plan™. Your Total Estate Plan™ starts with the understanding that the only way to practice law is by building lifelong relationships with clients and knowing that those relationships must be predicated on an environment of trust and understanding. He does not believe in merely drafting documents and filing them away; rather he focuses on a comprehensive approach that will meet his clients’ immediate needs and their long-term goals. Siddharth believes that creating Your Total Estate Plan™ required more than just sophisticated estate planning techniques – it also requires that everything be viewed through the prism of asset protect. The best estate plan in the world is useless if there is nothing left to pass on to your loved ones.
Siddharth’s practice focuses on personalized estate planning for individuals, couples, and families. He has a broad range of experience including wills, revocable living trusts, family business entity planning, co-tenancy arrangements and irrevocable trusts including life insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, lead and charitable remainder trusts.
Siddharth began his higher education by earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University. Thereafter, he received an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and International Business from Rollins College in Florida. Siddharth then went on to the Chicago-Kent School of Law earning not only his Juris Doctor but also a Special Certificate in International Law. Next knowing that there are only two guarantees in life – death and taxes, Siddharth went on to receive his Master’s in Tax Law from the University of San Diego's top ten LL.M. program.
Siddharth’s professional career began by working for Deloitte Tax in Silicon Valley California structuring multinational corporations to obtain the highest level of tax reduction and asset protection available under the law. Wanting a more meaningful professional experience Siddharth moved into private practice and estate planning in 2004. After discovering how “traditional” attorneys function, Siddharth decided that he could do things better – the result is Chhokar Law Group, P.C. As an attorney, he protects high net-worth individuals and families through the design of sophisticated plans to protect their assets and pass along the maximum wealth to successive generations. Siddharth applies those same strategies to people of all financial backgrounds, knowing that everyone should have the same access to experienced guidance in order to protect their families and wealth.
Siddharth is a member of the California State Bar Association, the California Bar Trust and Estates Section, the California Bar Tax Section, and Wealth Counsel.
Before opening the litigation department at Chhokar Law Group, Kimberley spent over a decade developing her litigation skills, with a majority of her practice dedicated to trust and estate litigation. Kimberley understands that her clients are often experiencing feelings of loss, confusion, and betrayal and seek clarity and direction in this often counterintuitive legal arena.
With over 20 years of boxing experience, Kimberley is a fierce litigator and takes pride in protecting and preserving her clients’ rights against aggressive opponents. Kimberley has represented clients in a variety of litigated matters ranging from financial elder abuse, trust invalidation, contested conservatorships, probate administration, contested probates, recovery of assets, accounting disputes, and a range of fiduciary duty violations. Her practice includes litigating in courts across the state of California, the California Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Kimberley has been named a Rising Star in Super Lawyers and is involved in many practice-focused associations including her recent election as a board member of the San Diego County Bar, Estate Planning Division.
As an accomplished estate planning attorney, Mike focuses his practice on all aspect of estate planning from basic estate plans (Trust, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directives) to advanced estate planning and business transactions, income tax planning, probate, trust administration, charitable trusts and charitable planning.Mike is well versed in the more sophisticated techniques such as Dynasty Trusts and Asset Protection vehicles. Mike is also an in-demand lecturer for CPAs, attorneys and financial advisors.
Mike started his law career as a litigator, handling complex, multi-party cases from complaint through trial in areas such as wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability, products liability, and construction, as well as business and breach-of-contract matters.Mike has represented companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Costco, and performed work for insurance companies such as State Farm, Mercury and Federated Mutual. This background and unique perspective enables him to effectively analyze and prepare potential Asset Protection strategies for his clients.
Mike earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis. He attended law school while under scholarship at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was active in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and La Raza Law Students Association. During law school, he attended the Tulane Law School’s study abroad program in Rhodes, Greece, where he studied under their maritime law program. Mike is from Southern California and is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of California, as well as the Southern and Central Federal District courts.
Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and coaches several sports, including baseball, football and soccer. Mike is also currently the president of Del Mar Little League and an avid supporter of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club.
Kristopher Williams, J.D., is an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of estate planning. Kris is a native of Southern California as is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of California.
Kris began his law career as a student-intern at Heiting & Irwin, in Riverside, CA. He later joined that firm as an attorney, handling his own caseload. While in Riverside, he volunteered at the Public Service Law Corporation, providing Pro Bono assistance to low-income individuals and families. Kris also enjoys helping the next generation of lawyers. In his free time, Kris volunteered as an attorney-coach for a local high school’s mock-trial team.
At the Chhokar Law Group, Kris focuses his practice on estate planning for individuals, families and business owners. Kristopher earned his undergraduate degree from California State University of San Bernardino and attended law school with a scholarship from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA. He was quickly invited to be a member of the Dean’s Circle and earned demarcation as an honors student. After his first year at WSU, Kris attended New England School of Law’s study abroad program in Ireland at the Irish Center for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he studied Civil Juries and International Humanitarian Law.
Away from practicing law, Kris competes in adult-league soccer and enjoys an active lifestyle, taking advantage of local hiking trails, golf courses, and beaches.
Gian is a tenacious litigator who believes in her clients, treats them with respect, and is straightforward in conveying their legal rights, options and risks. She fights hard to protect her clients and to bring their problems to a resolution.
Gian is a former Partner and Director of Litigation Operations at the Trust and Estate litigation firm, Albertson and Davidson, LLP. While at Albertson & Davidson, LLP, Gian branched out to open the firm’s Orange County location, and assisted hundreds of clients throughout California in successfully resolving their Trust and Estate disputes. Gian is excited to have joined Chhokar Law Group’s litigation team where her focus will continue to be Trust and Estate Litigation throughout California.
Client Service Director / Paralegal
Hilary is a Paralegal graduate of the University of San Diego. Prior to becoming a paralegal, Hilary attended San Diego State University and graduated with a B. A. in Philosophy.
As for her Paralegal role with Chhokar Law Group, Hillary assists the team in all aspects of clients’ estate planning, including pre-engagement organization, execution of plans and funding verifications. As the Client Services Director, she is available to assist clients with any questions or concerns.
When she isn’t working, Hilary is off enjoying one of San Diego’s finest and most plentiful assets, the beach.
Stephanie is a Paralegal graduate of the University of San Diego. Prior to graduating from the Paralegal Program, Stephanie attended the San Diego State University and had a career in sales.
Stephanie’s legal career began at Chhokar Law Group, where she assists the team with all aspects of estate planning and asset protection.
When she isn’t in the office, Stephanie enjoys jogging, and being with her family as much as possible.
Donna is a Paralegal Studies graduate of UC San Diego. Before making the switch to the legal field, she was an Emmy award-winning journalist and worked in television stations around the country.
Donna’s legal career began in California Lemon Law, working as an intake specialist. She then joined Chhokar Law Group, and currently works with the Litigation team on all Trust and Estate dispute matters. Donna’s extensive investigative background adds an extra layer of thoroughness for our clients, while her specialized writing skills strengthen our firm's written communications and legal arguments.
When she is not in the office, Donna enjoys spending time with her son and husband and attending as many live theater performances as possible.
Upon receiving her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Mara went on to complete an M.A. degree in Peace & Justice at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Prior to joining Chhokar Law Group as a legal assistant, Mara gained a diversity of experience working as a co-facilitator at a domestic violence rehabilitation program, a client services specialist at a financial consulting firm, and an intake specialist at New Zealand’s leading mental health organization, and more.
Mara’s diversified skill set, along with her motivated drive for success, makes her an invaluable asset to the litigation department. Her ability to problem-solve and multi-task ensures that our office runs smoothly and efficiently so that our lawyers and paralegals can focus their efforts on our clients and their cases.
In her spare time, Mara enjoys traveling, visiting national parks, adventuring with her beloved rescue dog, and spending time with her loved ones.
Stevani received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. Before making her transition to the legal field, she attended UC Irvine as an English major, publishing seven web articles through Incite Magazine with the hope of attending medical school. However, during her time at UC Irvine, Stevani discovered her passion for law and criminology, and she decided to transition her educational focus from medicine to law.
Prior to Chhokar Law Group, Stevani worked as an intern for the California Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that helps exonerate wrongfully convicted inmates. She then joined a family law firm in San Diego County as a legal assistant, where she further developed her legal skills in working on a wide range of family disputes, ranging from dissolutions to domestic violence.
In her spare time, Stevani enjoys spending time with her loved ones, going on road trips, and exploring the hiking trails in San Diego County with her dog.
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