KR Hess Law, P.C
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Estate Planning Attorney, Mediator, and Legacy Building Coach

Kristina R. Hess, J.D., M.A.

Kristina’s passion is to embody an everlasting trust with each of her valuable clients. Her mission is to change the course of history in your family by guiding you 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 16 years of legal experience, highlighted with San Francisco’s prestigious law firms, 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, Family Owned Business, 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. Kristina is also the Co-founder with Erik Frederickson, of the Legacy Building Success System™ – a comprehensive coaching program to empower families to build powerful, enduring legacies.

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.

Growing up in San Diego County, she has a full life with her three boys 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.


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


Estate Planning

KR Hess Law developed 4 levels of estate planning that cover a range of needs, depending on your family’s character and assets.


Are your children protected if something were to happen to you? San Diego Attorney Kristina Hess can help with existing plans or help create a new plan.

Legacy Building

KR Hess Law will work with you to build a system that will set up your family for generations of legacy and success. Contact us today for legacy building!


San Diego Probate Attorney Kristina Hess can help you avoid the pain, frustration, family division, time, and expense of the California Probate Court.

Special Needs Planning

Ensure your special needs child has access to their inheritance and government benefits. Click here to begin the special needs planning process.

Small Business Planning

San Diego Attorney Kristina Hess can help with small business planning for LLCs, S Corporation formation, and business succession planning. Get started.


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