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Kathleen A. Durrans

Shareholder, Attorney


Redwood City Office

333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 350
Redwood City, CA 94065
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Phone: (650) 368-4662, Ext. 110
Fax: (650) 367-8531
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Practice Areas
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Estate and Trust Administration and Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Mediation Services

Kathleen A. Durrans is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC, and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Ms. Durrans is also a certified mediator and is a member of the San Mateo Probate ADR Program Panel. Ms. Durrans has been practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. She was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and University of San Francisco Law Review. In 1998, she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Wealth Transfer Taxation.

Ms. Durrans grew up in San Francisco, where she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. She then moved across the country, and earned a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University in 1993. She returned to the Bay Area to attend law school, and currently resides in Belmont with her family.

Ms. Durrans is admitted to practice law in the State of California, and the Northern District of California. She is a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association and has served on its board since 2012. She served as President of the Association in 2020. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association and served as Chair in 2008. Ms. Durrans was named a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine for the years 2012 through 2021.

Ms. Durrans currently volunteers with the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society, a non-profit organization offering individual representation to those in need.

Publications and Presentations
  • Co-Author, When Death and Divorce Collide (Trust and Estate Quarterly, Spring 2005)
  • Co-Presenter, It Wasn’t Me . . . What Is a Fiduciary to Do When Faced with Litigation? (PFAC Conference, Fall 2009)
  • Co-Author, Incapacity Issues in Family Law and Probate Proceedings (Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law, CEB, 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, When Incapacity and Divorce Collide (San Mateo County Bar Association, November 2010; East Bay Trusts & Estate Lawyers, November 2011; Silicon Valley Bar Association, February 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, Practical Ethics and the Business of Being a Fiduciary (San Mateo County Chapter PFAC, November 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, Choose Your Own Adventure: “This Isn’t the Trip I Signed Up For!” (PFAC Conference, April 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, Unlawful Detainers (PFAC Conference, April 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders: When, How, and Why You Need Them (PFAC Conference, April 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, The Licensed Professional Fiduciary: The Missing Link in Many Estate Plans (Marin Estate Planning Council, Sept. 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, Learning to Love Big Brother: Court Supervision of your Trust (Silicon Valley Bar Association, Nov. 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, Legislative Update: A Look into the Future (PFAC Norcal Region, Jan. 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, Teamwork: How to cultivate a successful relationship with your attorney (San Mateo County Chapter PFAC, May 2014)
  • Presenter, Beginning the conversation regarding business structures for fiduciaries and best practices (PFAC Education Day Sept. 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, Feuding Families: How They Impact All Aspects of a Conservatorship (San Mateo County Bar Association Probate Section Sept. 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, Licensed? Now what? A roadmap of various types of cases fiduciaries face (PFAC Annual Educational Conference September 2015)
  • Presenter, Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds (San Mateo County Chapter PFAC, October 2015)
  • Presenter, Managing the Presumption of Capacity (PFAC Annual Educational Conference, June, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, HEMS: Trust Distributions for Health, Education, Support and Maintenance (San Mateo County Bar Association Probate Section Sept. 2019)

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