Kristin-Capritto-Attorney-MediatorKristin N. Capritto

Of Counsel
Estate & Business Planning

Attorney, Future-planner, Peacebuilder, Mediator, Bully Rescue Mom, Temporary Bostonian, International Traveler


I have always been a people person and a planner. I don’t view my relationships with clients as a one-time interaction—I want to know when your kids choose a college, when you take a once in a lifetime trip, or when your family experiences a hardship or loss. My hope is to be part of your family for the indefinite future as both your lawyer and your friend, your estate planning counsel should be!


The law is imperative. It creates order to things that affect our duties and obligations to one another. However, the law doesn’t necessarily always provide a mechanism to ensure parties in a conflict are able to move forward toward a more harmonious future. Peacebuilding fills this gap—the focus is instead on the parties’ future relationship, and not wholly on the grievances of the past for which the law seeks to provide justice.

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Kristin Capritto’s legal practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, trust administration and probate — from high value estates to small estate transfers and spousal property petitions. Kristin also assists families and individuals with business planning, including entity formation, management, succession planning, and real estate matters.  She regularly advises clients in connection with local, state, federal, and international taxation relative to their estate planning needs. With a special focus on charitable planning, Kristin advises clients on the formation and administration of private foundations and non-profit entities. A skilled mediator, Kristin has amassed more than 300 hours of mediation and negotiation training, both locally and internationally. She is a volunteer mediator for both state and federal courts, and has participated in peacebuilding processes involving both interpersonal and political conflicts at the community level and on an international scale. “Conflict Resolution and Coexistence” are the subjects of Kristin’s master’s degree from Boston-based Brandeis University and The Heller School of Social Policy and Management. While attending law school at night, Kristin worked full-time as a paralegal for a boutique tax firm where she was trained by one of Northern California’s preeminent estate and gift tax practitioners. She was a staff writer for Pacific McGeorge’s Global & Business Development Law Journal (“Law Review”), and graduated with distinction. She was President of McGeorge’s Trusts and Estates Club, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Club, and a participant in McGeorge’s award-winning Prisoner’s Civil Rights Mediation Clinic. Prior to law school, Kristin earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from California State University, Chico. Kristin was raised in Southern California but has called Northern California home for the last twenty years. When not at the office, or traveling back and forth between Sacramento and Boston, Kristin can usually be found spending time with her beloved English bulldog, Bentham, or her myriad of nieces and nephews. She regularly travels internationally and has spent time in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Europe.

  • Representation of citizen and non-citizen married couples in planning for the most tax-advantageous structure to pass assets upon the death of both spouses.
  • Represented business partners in creation of a new performance art talent agency.
  • Representation of first responders, peace officers, and military members in planning for their future wealth and passing of assets upon death.
  • Representation of high-wealth clients in minimizing estate taxes due on death.
  • Representation of families with special needs children to provide for the passing of assets to those children while ensuring continued receipt of public benefits.
  • General counsel for a start-up business that has developed into a multi-million-dollar company.
  • Representation of real estate developer in various residential and commercial real estate transactions.
  • Pro bono representation of low-income, elderly Sacramento area residents in connection with their estate planning.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – Sacramento, CA

  • Juris Doctor, with Distinction, 2014
  • Advanced Mediation Certificate
  • Witkin Award Winner, Global Lawyering Skills
  • President & Treasurer, McGeorge Trusts and Estate Planning Club
  • Participant, Law and Development Practicum, Kampala Uganda
  • Staff Writer, Pacific McGeorge Global Business Law & Development Journal

Brandeis University, The Heller School of Social Policy and Management – Boston, MA

  • Master of Arts, Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, December 2016
  • Mary Jagoda Endowed Fellow, 2015-2016; 2016-2017

Oxford University – Oxford, UK

  • Certificate in Peacebuilding, Spring 2014
  • Participant, International Peace and Development Training Center’s Executive Leadership Program: Developing Critical Expertise in Peacebuilding, Mediation and Violence Prevention

Hamline University School of Law/Hebrew University – Jerusalem, Israel

  • Participant, Seminar on Conflict Resolution From Religious Perspectives, Winter 2014
  • Advanced training in religious aspects of conflict resolution in the Middle East

California State University, Chico

  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy; Minor: Ethics, 2004
  • Areas of Concentration: Existentialism, Phenomenology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2004
  • Areas of Concentration: Conflict Resolution and Political Philosophy
  • Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Estate Planning Volunteer, VLSP – Volunteer Legal Services Program of Northern California
  • Civil Rights Pro Bono Panel – U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Volunteer Mediator
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program
  • California Lawyers for the Arts/Sacramento Mediation Center (2011-Present)
  • Volunteer Scorer, Gordon D. Schraber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition, Sacramento, CA (2014)
  • American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Representative (2007-2012)
  • Coordinator, Adopt-A-Family, Thanksgiving and Christmas (2007-2013)
  • Peer Mediation Program Advisor, Chico High School and Marsh Junior High School, Chico, CA (2004)
  • Food Not Bombs, Chico, CA (2000-2003)

  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section; Taxation Section; Business Law Section
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding (2004-Present)
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network (2010-Present)
  • Sacramento Mediation Center (2012-Present)

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Massachusetts Bar Association