Direct: (858) 271-6244
Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney
Planning for Families with Young Children
Planning for Successive Generations
Planning for High Net Worth Individuals and Families
Planning for Families with Loved Ones with Special Needs
Planning for Pets
Trust Administration – Helping Families When a Loved One Dies
Trustee Services – We serve as Successor Trustee to Help Families Avoid the Pitfalls of Choosing the Wrong Trustee
Business Succession Planning
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW, San Diego, California
Juris Doctor – December 1991
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Bozeman, Montana
Honors Graduate Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Pre-Law, June 1988
I am one of the few attorneys in this country who can honestly say, “I love what I do for a living!” For me, estate planning is more than an area of expertise in the law; it is counseling clients on issues that weigh heavily on them, helping them find creative solutions; giving them peace of mind, and helping them to leave a loving legacy for their families. I was inspired to pursue this area of law by my grandparents, who often expressed that older people need someone they can trust to help them with their finances, nursing home issues, their wills and trusts…their need, and my desire to truly help others in a meaningful way, led to me this area of the practice of law.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Montana State University, graduating with honors. I was blessed to have married the love of my life, Charles “Chuck” DenHerder, and in 1989 we moved to San Diego to enjoy the beautiful climate. I attended law school at California Western School of Law, graduating in December 1991.
After serving as an intern for the City Attorney’s office and for a firm who practiced estate litigation (basically contesting and defending wills and trusts), I opened my own firm, DenHerder & Associates, in 1992, with Chuck as office manager and the person who believed in me most. The practice grew quite rapidly based solely on the referrals of existing clients and trusted financial advisors with whom I work in the community.
As the office was growing, so was my family. In 1994, my husband and I were blessed with our first son, Cory; and in 1998, our second son, Carsten. With the birth of these two awesome boys, I quickly recognized that if something, God forbid, happened to Chuck and I, it was not only important to choose who we would want to raise our kids…but it was crucial to give them a guide on how we would have raised them if we were here to have had the privilege to do so…we wanted our estate plan to reflect our ethics and morals – so our boys would have a sense of who we were; we wanted it to project our work ethic and what we would expect of them as they grew; we wanted them to know how much hard work would get them; and most of all, how much we love them…all of this revolutionized the way our law firm practices law…we became counselors to help our clients put their life into their estate plan.
My passion lies in counseling and educating families on the options available to them, and ways they can, through generous giving, enjoy a prosperous life and leave a lasting legacy. To that end, our firm not only helps families in the planning and implementation of a thoughtfully created estate plan, but we counsel multi-generational families through the dynamics of wealth transfer from one generation to the next, and we assist in the process of training the next generation to be excellent stewards of all they are entrusted. It is a truly a joy and honor to have the privilege to serve my clients and get to know their families at such an intimate level. Most of my clients are now my friends. What a great fringe benefit!
In addition, I speak regularly for corporations, private groups, and non-profit groups to educate them on wills, trusts, and creative estate planning techniques – to help them avoid the traps that cause families to fall apart when someone dies.
“Honoring God, serving my family, and serving the needs of my clients give me a life that is full and blessed!”
STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA, June 15, 1992 to present
SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
- Qualified Kingdom Advisor
- Co-Leader, San Diego Kingdom Advisors
- Co-Leader, Kingdom Advisors National Attorneys Group
- Member, North County Estate Planning Council
- Member, Financial Planning Association of San Diego
Stacy hosted a daily radio program on 1210 AM, KPRZ, for over 10 years and now appears as a guest speaker on various radio programs.
Stacy has given and hosted estate planning seminars all over California, and welcomes the opportunity to educate any group. She routinely speaks for colleges, companies and other organizations such as:
- Parent Connection – Scripps Hospital
- Financial Planning Association of Southern California
- Grossmont Adult Education
- San Diego City College Adult Education
- Mothers of Twins – San Diego
- Mothers of Preschoolers
- KidLink – San Diego
- Various Churches across San Diego County
- Realty Executives
- American Mortgage Express
- Southern California Institute
- Rotary Club
- San Diego County Bar Association
- San Diego Chargers Rookie Football Team
- Scripps Hospital Gift Planning Advisory Board
- Southern California Institute
- Kingdom Advisors