Planning for the future brings a feeling of confidence and personal power which is Debra’s goal in working with you. She will partner with you on the path from “Should” to “Would” to “Could” to “Did”!
Debra attended UCLA (BS, MS) and earned her JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Her dedication to our community includes serving on the City of Fremont Human Relations Commission, and the boards of LIFE Elder Care, Mission Peak Wind Symphony, and the Fremont Education Foundation.
With over 20 years of legal experience, Debra can help you with Estate planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, Nonprofit/Business Law, Planning for Children, and Special Needs Planning.
“Debra is the third lawyer my husband and I hired to create/update our living trust. She is the best; she does the work required without providing unnecessary services. She has modified our trust several times and is now helping me administer my husband’s trust. She is the consummate professional. I whole heartedly recommend her to my friends and associates.” — Susan N.
“Debbie volunteered her time to help us with setting up a non-profit organization. We had no idea what to do and where to start, and Debbie patiently walked us through all the legal procedures, explained legal terms, helped us write our By-Laws and other necessary documents.”
— Corinna F., President Hopkins Band and Orchestra Boosters
“Debbie helped me sort out my priorities in a family dispute. Her measured and sympathetic approach helped to articulate the important issues.”
— Carolyn B.
“We have been putting our estate planning off for several years because it seemed like a daunting and complicated task… What once seemed an impossible and difficult task is now completed! We are at peace knowing that should something happen to us, there is a plan in place.”
— Cynthia and Raymund M.
“Debra Watanuki prepared a Will and Power of Attorney for me. She made sure the documents were consistent with my wishes and all necessary legal issues were addressed, unlike my previous attorney. She is easy to talk to, is very honest and will do the job right.”
— Ed S.