Cheryl G. Kushida

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

Compass Legal, A Professional Corp
 | 125 University Ave, Suite 125
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-434-2919
Fax: 540-550-2545
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Tagalog
    Attorney Profile

    Founder of COMPASS LEGAL, Cheryl G. Kushida represents clients in the Bay Area, in legal matters related to estate planning and probate. With previous experience in both domestic and international business transactions, she approaches each case with the goals of the client in mind and a strategy regarding the best way to achieve them.

    A member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Ms. Kushida attended Scripps College, where she graduated cum laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations, and , and spent a semester studying in Singapore. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where in 2006 she graduated with her Juris Doctor. She was involved with the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and served as co-chair for the Pilipino American Law Students (PALS) at Berkeley Law.

    Ms. Kushida is fluent in English, Tagalog and Bisaya, can communicate conversationally in Spanish. She has lived in the Philippines, Tokyo, Singapore, and the United States, which gives her insight into the unique cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of different groups of people. During law school, she spent time as a legal extern for the Division of Enforcement at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and as judicial extern for the Law and Motions Department of the County of San Francisco Superior Court.

    Known for her professional achievement and advancements in her legal career, Ms. Kushida has over a decade of experience working with those who want to prepare for the future. She is admitted to practice in California, and through strategy, problem-solving and negotiation, she can prepare clients and their assets for anything the future may bring.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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    About Cheryl Kushida

    Admitted: 2006, California

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    • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-Chair, Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA) Estates & Trusts (2011 to Present)
    • Pilipino American Law Society, Co-chair
    • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Communications Chair
    • East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Guest Speaker, Ananda Community, Palo Alto, CA (2017); Guest Speaker, Mended Hearts, Oakland, CA (2016)
    • Lecturer, Drafting and Designing Revocable Trusts in California, Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Jose, CA Faculty, Drafting and Designing Revocable Trusts in California, Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Jose, CA (2016, 2018), 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Berkeley Journal of International Law, Member

    Representative Clients:

    • My estate planning clients in the Bay Area come from highly diverse backgrounds including: new immigrants, LGBT, tech entrepreneurs, young families, multigenerational families, the elderly, each group requiring special sensitivities toward issues that matter most to them.   I have native fluency in English, Tagalog, Bisaya, and basic fluency in Spanish, some Japanese, which allow me to serve people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

    Educational Background:

    • Scripps College, Claremont, CA, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Political Science and International Relations, Honors: with Honors, James E. Scripps Scholar, Scripps Humanities Institute Junior Fellow, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women’s Varsity Tennis, 2001
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    Website - http://www.comp
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    Office Location for Cheryl G. Kushida

    125 University Ave
    Suite 125
    Palo Alto, CA 94301

    Phone: 650-434-2919

    Fax: 540-550-2545

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    Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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