Kimberley V. Deede

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in San Diego, California

Chhokar Law Group, P.C.
Kimberley V. Deede
Chhokar Law Group, P.C.

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 2011

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024

Chhokar Law Group, P.C.

6275 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121 Visit website


An estate and trust litigation attorney and partner at the Chhokar Law Group, P.C., Ms. Kimberley V. Deede has a decade of experience representing clients in San Diego, California. She understands the importance of tailoring estate plans to the specific needs and objectives of each client and ensures that their assets are preserved and protected for future generations. Clients rely on her services in cases involving:

·       Estate planning and probate

·       Wills and trusts

·       Contested conservatorships and guardianships

·       Beneficiary disputes

·       Undue influence, lack of capacity or mismanagement of estate assets

·       Financial elder abuse

·       Abuse of powers of attorney or health care directives

A dean’s list graduate of Western Washington University, Ms. Deede completed her bachelor’s degree in international business in 2007. She then attended the University of San Diego School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in 2011. While there, she was a part of the Women’s Law Caucus and served as the vice president of Student Consumer Attorneys.

With a reputation as an aggressive litigator who won’t hesitate to go to trial, Ms. Deede has handled a number of cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court and the Supreme Court of California. She was admitted to practice in California in 2011.

Prior to partnering with her current law firm, Ms. Deede worked with several other San Diego law firms. She interned at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office and the San Diego District Attorney's Office, and served as a judicial extern for Honorable Judge Strauss at the California Superior Court.

A published author of many articles, Ms. Deede remains active in her legal community by maintaining memberships in many legal organizations. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the California Mortgage Association, the Probate Attorneys of San Diego, and The State Bar of California’s Trust And Estate Section.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Will Contests

  • 80% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 2011, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Provisors, San Diego Estate and Succession Planning Affinity Group, Executive Committee
  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego, 2016
  • Welsh Inns of Court
  • Estate Planning Group Network, 2016
  • Trust and Estate section of the State Bar of California, 2017
  • USD Alumni Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • California Mortgage Association
  • American Bar Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Woman’s Law Caucus
Educational Background:
  • Western Washington University, B.A. in International Business, 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • California: Appellate Decision Upholds HUDRegulated Face-to-Face Meeting with Borrower Posted By USFN, Wednesday, February 6, 2013Updated: Monday, November 30, 2015, February 6, 2013, by Kimberley V. DeedePite Duncan, LLP – USFN Member (California)The California Court of Appeals has adopted an expansive application of HUD’s requirement of face-to-face meetings prior to foreclosure for FHA-insured home loans. Pfeifer v. Countrywide Home Loans, 2012 WL 6216039 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 13, 2012). The face-to-face meeting requirement applies to loans secured by deeds of trust with language that specifically references compliance with “regulations of the Secretary” or HUD. The Pfeifer court, relying heavily on the Virginia Supreme Court opinion in Mathews v. PHH Mortgage Corporation, 283 Va. 723 (April 20, 2012), rejected a multitude of defenses presented by the lender and held that HUD regulations were incorporated by reference into the deed of trust and, thus, a failure to satisfy the face-to-face meeting required under HUD regulations is grounds for injunctive and declaratory relief precluding foreclosure until the lender complies with the HUD servicing regulations. (See 24 CFR 203.604(b)). The regulation provides five exceptions to the face-to-face meeting requirement. 24 CFR 203.604(d). The most notable exception subject to interpretation provides that the face-to-face meeting is not required when the mortgaged property is not within 200 miles of the mortgagee, its servicer, or a branch office of either. 24 CFR 203.604(d)(2). The regulation, however, fails to identify what constitutes a “branch office. ”HUD had previously released an article noting that, for the purposes of face-to-face meetings, the term “branch office” is only to be interpreted as a “servicing office.” Notwithstanding, the Mathews court held that the common definition is controlling and the term “branch office” includes “every type of business and service supplied by the mortgagee, including loan origination,” despite whether the office holds qualified or adequately trained staff. The Pfeifer court noted the issue but declined to rule as to the proper interpretation of “branch office.” Thus, it is unclear whether the 200-mile exception applies in relation to loan servicing offices, loan origination offices, or offices providing general banking services. However, if the California courts follow the expansive interpretation of the term “branch office” as proposed in the Mathews decision, the exception would essentially be eliminated for those lenders and servicers who have loan origination, bank branch, and service offices throughout the state of California. Finally, the Pfeifer court noted that violation of the face-to-face requirement only provides grounds for injunctive and declaratory relief and does not provide a basis for a claim for monetary damages. Furthermore, the decision appears to be limited to pending foreclosures and is likely inapplicable to invalidate completed foreclosure sales., Author, California: Appellate Decision Upholds HUD Regulation Face-to-Face Meeting with Borrower, U.S. Foreclosure Network, 2013
  • Lawyers in both bankruptcy and litigation practice are often questioned by clients as to the effects of defaults, foreclosures, lawsuits, and judgments on their credit reports.  For example, how will your client’s credit be affected if they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as compared to Chapter 13? Will your client’s credit report be affected differently if they elect to allow their lender to foreclose as compared to executing a deed in lieu? How long does it take for your client’s credit rating to recover? Are the effects of these events permanent? Is there any way to expedite the recovery of your client’s credit score? Bankruptcy and litigation attorneys examining credit reports and client documents should be able to recognize violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Panelists discussed what sort of “red flags” an attorney should recognize.  Panelists also discussed both the nature of FCRA violations and the available remedies.  , Panelist, Fair Credit Reporting Act- How to Answer You Client's Most Common Consumer Reporting Questions, San Diego County Bar, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2015

Office location for Kimberley V. Deede

6275 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121

Phone: 858-384-5757


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