In addition to her litigation practice, Carlena regularly counsels her clients in properly navigating the unfamiliar waters of administering trusts and estates after the death of a loved one. She also understands the difficulties of assisting a family member who can no longer manage finances or provide for their personal needs and has represented numerous clients in establishing a conservatorship and advising the client in the proper administration of a conservatorship estate.
Carlena believes in working with clients to attempt to resolve disputes through mediation, but is prepared to aggressively pursue a matter to trial should such attempts prove unsuccessful.
Carlena received her J.D. degree, With Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was admitted as a member of the Traynor Society and the Order of the Coif. She also was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility and Decedents’ Estates and Trusts. In addition, Carlena was co-recipient of the Moot Court Award, Outstanding Student Advocate, in Written Competition.
Carlena is a member of the Trusts and Estates Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association, where she serves as Chair of the Incapacity Committee. In addition, she is a past President of the Sacramento County Bar Association Probate Section.
She has done presentations on postmortem trust administration, conservatorship basics, the basics of estate administration, financial elder abuse, collection of fees, and managing a trusts and estates law practice. Carlena also was a contributor for The Sacramento Bee’s feature column Ask the Experts.