California Estate Planning Blog by Kevin Staker

January 27, 2015

Gregory W. Herring, Family Law Attorney Has a New Firm

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Gregory W. Herring, one of the leading family law attorneys in Ventura County, California, has gone out on his own and formed a new law firm. The website for the law firm of Greg Herring is found at The contact information for the firm of Gregory W. Herring is as follows:

1000 Town Center Drive #405
Oxnard CA 93036
Work (805) 983-6452
Fax (805) 278-1679

By Kevin Staker

January 7, 2015

Estate Tax Exemption is Now $5,430,000

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As of January 1, 2015, the federal exemption for the estate tax, gift tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax is now $5,430,000. This amount has been adjusted for inflation since the original $5,000,000 exemption in 2010.

November 20, 2014

Many Meals of Camarillo

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Kevin Staker has assist with the publication of a website for Many Meals of Camarillo.  Many Meals of Camarillo provides free dinner to members of the community on Monday at St. Mary Magdalen Church and Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  The website is found at

Kevin Staker intends to expand the content on the website in the future.



August 13, 2014

Volunteer With VLSP

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What is VLSP?


The Ventura County Bar Association – Volunteer Legal Service Corporation (VLSP) is the pro bono affiliate of the Ventura County Bar Association. VLSP provides free legal services to low-income people in Ventura County, California.


VLSP Mission Statement


VLSP assists our low income neighbors with free legal help



How can I help?


VLSC seeks volunteers to handle pro bono cases on a full or limited case basis, or to volunteer at pro per clinics in the following areas of law:

– Family Law

-Domestic Violence

– Guardianship

– Landlord- Tenant Disputes

What’s in it for me?


If you are a newer attorney, you can gain valuable experience, along with assistance from a more experienced VLSP mentor.  If you are a more experienced attorney, you help other people, the key to a happy life.


How do I sign up?


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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I be sure I am getting a client who really needs me?


We screen each client to establish that his or her income and resources are within our eligibility guidelines. Our staff also completes a thorough intake regarding the client’s legal matter.

What resources are available to me?


VLSP provides monthly trainings throughout the year in areas of law most in demand amongst VLSP clients. Additionally experienced volunteers serve as mentors to newer attorneys. Volunteers are also covered by VLSP’s errors and omissions insurance for all pro bono work performed through VLSP.

Do I have to do a lot of reporting?


Volunteers will need to report the number of pro bono hours performed each month. Attorneys with pro bono cases are required to complete case status checks and a short case report at the close of each pro bono case. This information is required by VLSP funding sources, and enables us to monitor the program’s operations, obtain statistics, evaluate and refine the program, and nominate attorneys for pro bono awards.

What about attorneys’ fees?


Since all VLSC cases are referred on a pro bono basis, the client may not be charged a fee for services. However, attorneys’ fees may, on occasion, be recoverable. In family law cases, for example, the court has the discretion to award attorneys’ fees from the opposing party. If fees are recoverable, you may retain them as partial compensation for your services, but we encourage you to donate them to VLSP to help support our programs.

Do I have to be an attorney to help?


There are limited opportunities for paralegals, legal document assistants, and interpreters. Please contact us for more information.

I can’t volunteer, but I still want to help. What can I do?

Give the VLSP a cash donation! Your contribution is tax deductible because VLSP is a 501(c)(3)  charity.


You can give by contacting us at 805-650-7599.


Pro Bono Champions

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The Ventura County Bar Association – Volunteer Lawyer Services Program thanks the following “Champions of Justice”, who annually donate a generous amount (at least $1,000) to VLSP:




The Champions of Justice lead the effort to those less forturnate in our community by assisting  VLSP to:


  • Support our current programs, including pro per assistance clinics in the areas of family law, domestic violence, bankruptcy, guardianship, immigration, and landlord-tenant disputes.
  • Continue to match clients with qualified attorneys who are willing to assist them at no cost.
  • Provide training, mentoring and malpractice insurance to our dedicated volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law school graduates.
  • Develop additional programs to meet the existing and growing need for legal services in Ventura County.


VLSP Services – Free Legal Assistance in Ventura County

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Free Legal Assistance Referrals


VLSP refers low income individuals in Ventura County on a case by case basis for pro bono legal assistance by attorneys in the following areas of law:

– Family Law

-Domestic Violence

– Guardianship

– Landlord- Tenant Disputes


Ventura County Bar Association – Volunteer Lawyer Services Program

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We Want to Help


Our Mission: assist our low income neighbors with free legal help


Need Legal Help?


What is the VCBA/VLSP?

The Ventura County Bar Association – Volunteer Legal Service Program (“VLSP”) is the pro bono (free) affiliate of the Ventura County Bar Association. VLSP provides legal services to low-income people in Ventura County.

VLSP provides this free legal assistance by matching up those we serve with volunteer attorneys who will provide the service for free. We also put on clinics where people can learn how to represent themselves in some matters.

I need legal help. Can VLSP assist me?

You may be eligible for free legal services through VLSP if you have a case in Ventura County that is within our program priorities and your income falls within our guidelines. VLSP does not assist with criminal matters or fee-generating cases (such as suing for personal injury).

How do I contact VLSP?

If you seek legal help and your income is low, call VLSP at:
Intake hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Intake Coordinator will ask you several questions to determine whether we can assist you. If we cannot assist you, we will do our best to refer you to someone who can.

For additional low cost resources, please click here.

July 29, 2014

Various Profiles of Living Trust Attorney Kevin Staker

The Bebo profile of Kevin Staker is located at

The Yelp page of attorney Kevin Staker of StakerLaw Tax and Estate Planning Law Corporation in Camarillo, California, is located at

The page of Kevin Staker is located at

Kevin Staker is an estate planning attorney with his office in Camarillo, California.



January 28, 2014

Financial Advisor Timothy J. Gandy

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I work with only a few financial advisers, one is Tim Gandy. Tim Gandy does what is best for his clients, not what is best for him.

Tim can be found at:
Western International Securities
2555 Townsgate Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

The phone number of Tim Gandy is 805-630-9350.

Following is a photo of Tim

Timothy J. Gandy

Timothy J. Gandy

I highly recommend Timothy Gandy.

By Kevin Staker

December 17, 2013

Yelp Has Updated Title of Its Page on Kevin Staker at StakerLaw

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Previously Yelp showed the listing of Kevin Staker as an attorney at StakerLaw as “Staker Kevin G”. Yelp has now updated the listing to be titled simply “StakerLaw”.

This Yelp page regarding Kevin Staker can be found at

Kevin Staker is an estate planning attorney in Camarilo, California, who specializes in living trusts, probates, trust adminitration, and Medi-Cal planning for long term care.

By Kevin Staker


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