Caroline K. Hinshaw
Caroline K. Hinshaw joined Bryan • Hinshaw as a shareholder in March, 1996. She is a Specialist Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and, from the inception of the program,has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by her peers, meaning that, in the estimation of her peers, she is among the top three percent of lawyers who practice in the estate planning, trust and probate area of the law in Northern California. She is recognized by the Courts and her peer practitioners particularly for her knowledge and expertise in probate, trust and conservatorship matters. Ms. Hinshaw was previously an associate and later a partner in Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, San Francisco, California, practicing for over fourteen years with that firm in the same areas. Ms. Hinshaw's clients have included corporate and individual personal representatives of large and complex estates and trusts. She also represents the beneficiaries of estates and trusts, as well as conservators or conservatees in conservatorship matters. Ms. Hinshaw is regularly appointed by the Courts to act as counsel for conservatees in difficult matters and guardian ad litem for beneficiaries in estate and trust matters. Her practice additionally includes review of estate tax returns, representation of clients in audits of federal estate tax returns, income tax planning for estates and trusts, and pre-trial litigation in trust, probate and conservatorship matters. In the estate planning area, her practice includes preparation of estate planning documents, including premarital and post-marital agreements, wills, documents to establish or amend inter-vivos trusts, durable powers of attorney for property management, advance health care directives, and related documents. Ms. Hinshaw has also successfully acted as a mediator in trust, estate, and conservatorship matters, both through court appointment and by direct referral from other counsel.
Outside of the office, Ms. Hinshaw maintains a year-round vegetable garden and small orchard in the Sacramento Valley. She loves dogs and currently has a young German Shepherd. Ms. Hinshaw is a singer and sometimes composer of solo and choral music. She currently sings with Bay Choral Guild.