Tomasene A. Knight
Redwood City Office
- Trust Law
- Trust and Estate Litigation
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- General Civil Practice
Ms. Knight’s law practice focuses on family law, estate planning, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, and trust and estate litigation.
Ms. Knight represents individuals and fiduciaries in a wide range of matters in probate courts across the Bay Area, including the prosecution and defense of will and trust contests, accounting actions, breach of fiduciary duty actions, actions for the modification and termination of trusts, elder abuse actions, contested conservatorship matters, property disputes, and related claims. Ms. Knight’s experience extends to all phases of litigation, including on appeal.
Ms. Knight was one of the prevailing attorneys in the First District Court of Appeal case, Stine v. Dell’Osso (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 834, which resulted in a published opinion clarifying successor conservator standing in a legal malpractice action.
Ms. Knight represents clients in their estate planning, to help them accomplish their testamentary wishes. Ms. Knight’s estate planning experience includes the preparation of revocable trusts, wills (including dissolution wills for clients during pending marital dissolution proceedings), financial powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. Ms. Knight also has experience in all aspects of trust and probate administration.
In addition to representing clients in probate matters, Ms. Knight also represents family law clients in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. She regularly helps clients draft and negotiate nuptial agreements. She also has experience representing clients, including high net-worth clients, through complex dissolution matters touching on issues of equity compensation, property characterization and division, family trusts, real estate, and business valuations. Ms. Knight works closely with her clients to understand their goals and to strategize the most efficient path towards obtaining a favorable negotiated resolution or, if necessary, a litigated outcome.
Ms. Knight’s dual experience, practicing in both trust & estate law and family law, means that Ms. Knight is knowledgeable in handling matters where family law issues cross over with conservatorship, incapacity, elder abuse, and probate matters. As such, Ms. Knight also has experience obtaining the appointment of, and representing, guardians ad litem for incapacitated parties in family law matters.
Ms. Knight was proudly born and raised in San Francisco, California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and served as Articles Editor of the University of San Francisco Law Review. While in law school, Ms. Knight received CALI Awards for Excellence in the subjects of Wills and Trusts, Contracts, Evidence, Torts, Jurisprudence, and International Employment Discrimination Law, as well as an award for the Best Moot Court Brief in her legal writing section. Prior to law school Ms. Knight obtained her B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Knight joined ARCR in 2013.
Ms. Knight is currently a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Bar Association, and the Silicon Valley Bar Association.
Ms. Knight is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she teaches Estate Planning.
Publications and Presentations
- Co-presenter, Family Law and Probate Cross-Over Issues, San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2018
- Co-presenter, Conservatorships and Incapacity in Family Law Proceedings, MCLE Spectacular, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2018
- Co- author of Prosecuting and Defending Claims Against Trusts and Estates and Collecting Claims Against Trusts and Estates, presented at the 2018 Tax and Estate Planning Forum.
- Update editor for CEB Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law (2017 & 2018).