Kristin N. Capritto

Partner

Kristin Capritto assists clients with all aspects of estate planning, trust administration, probate, business entities, and real estate transactions. Her alternative dispute resolution and negotiation expertise offers clients alternatives to litigation and adversarial proceedings.

Kristin works with families and individuals to effectuate their wealth transfer and succession planning goals. She also regularly advises clients in connection with entity formation and management, real estate transactions, as well as the local, state, federal, and international tax consequences of their objectives. With her special focus on charitable planning, clients trust her to manage the formation and administration of private foundations and nonprofit entities. As a skilled mediator and negotiator, Kristin assists business partners with pre-venture counseling to minimize future conflicts and ensure the longevity and success of joint ventures. When necessary, she effectively and efficiently employs her advocacy skills to obtain the results her clients deserve in state and federal courts.

Kristin’s legal education and experience spans nearly two decades; her more than 10 years as a paralegal in various aspects of trusts, estates, business transactions, and taxation has given her a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise to the benefit of her clients. She has amassed more than 300 hours of mediation and negotiation training, both locally and internationally, and has participated in peace-building processes involving both interpersonal conflicts and politics at the community level on an international scale.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Phoebe’s Fund, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Volunteer Attorney
  • McGeorge Prisoners Civil Rights Mediation Clinic, Adjunct Professor, 2018-2020
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Pro Bono Panel, 2016-present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel, 2016-present
  • VLSP Estate Planning Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2016-present
  • Gordon D. Schraber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition, 2013-present
  • California Lawyers for the Arts/Sacramento Mediation Center, 2013-2017
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning & Tax Law Sections
  • California Lawyers Association, Trust and Estates & Taxation Sections
  • International Bar Association
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding, 2004-present
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network, 2010-present
  • McGeorge Alumni Advisory Network

Honors & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch, Business Organizations, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2023
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Estate Planning & Probate, 2015-2022
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Estate & Probate, 2020-2022
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Pro Bono Panel
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Clerkship, Honorable Justice Eldad Mwangusya, High Court of Uganda
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society
  • Advanced tax planning techniques and valuation discount strategies that minimize income, gift and estate tax consequences of multi-generational wealth transfers.
  • Irrevocable trusts, including grantor trusts, ILITs, GRATs, QPRTs, charitable trusts, and other “estate freeze” techniques.
  • Representation of citizen and non-citizen individuals and couples to minimize estate and gift tax liability.
  • Estate planning for unmarried couples, including same-sex partners.
  • Advises clients in connection with charitable planning, including the formation and management of private foundations and other nonprofit entities.
  • Represents families with special needs children and beneficiaries to ensure continued eligibility of public benefits, including the preparation of supplement needs trusts.
  • Assists clients with the formation and management of various business entities and family limited partnerships.
  • Real estate transactions ranging from residential and commercial real estate transactions to multi-million dollar agricultural land sales, acquisitions, and leases.
  • Probate and trust administration, from simple to complex, including trust modifications, decanting, and preparation of estate tax returns.
  • Conservatorships and guardianships.
  • Tax controversy matters, including innocent spouse relief and offers in compromise.
  • Mediation of trusts and estates matters, business disputes, and civil rights cases.

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Kristin has a strong commitment to serving others and is an ardent advocate for raising awareness of issues affecting women, children, and other marginalized groups. She has been recognized for her pro bono work, which includes representing undocumented and unaccompanied minors in both immigration and guardianship proceedings, in addition to representing incarcerated individuals in civil rights litigation. Kristin rarely misses a Sunday at the local farmers market and loves to travel, but is most centered and grounded when surrounded by her myriad of nieces and nephews.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Phoebe’s Fund, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Volunteer Attorney
  • McGeorge Prisoners Civil Rights Mediation Clinic, Adjunct Professor, 2018-2020
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Pro Bono Panel, 2016-present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel, 2016-present
  • VLSP Estate Planning Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2016-present
  • Gordon D. Schraber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition, 2013-present
  • California Lawyers for the Arts/Sacramento Mediation Center, 2013-2017
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning & Tax Law Sections
  • California Lawyers Association, Trust and Estates & Taxation Sections
  • International Bar Association
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding, 2004-present
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network, 2010-present
  • McGeorge Alumni Advisory Network

Honors & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch, Business Organizations, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2023
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Estate Planning & Probate, 2015-2022
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Estate & Probate, 2020-2022
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Pro Bono Panel
  • Honoree, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Voluntary Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Clerkship, Honorable Justice Eldad Mwangusya, High Court of Uganda
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society