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Hayden Adams


Areas of Focus: Kids Protection Planning, Life and Legacy Planning

Licensed States: California

What to expect from Hayden Adams

  • A 15- minute introductory call to understand your goals and needs.
  • 2-Hour Working Life & Legacy Planning Session: A comprehensive look at your current family dynamics and your assets, including a comprehensive inventory of everything you have so none of it is ever lost.
  • Education on how the law impacts your family and assets, focused specifically on your County, State and Country of residence.
  • A transparent discussion of your options to care for what matters most to you, no matter what happens. Planning options that work for you and the people you love. Relational, compassionate counsel to help you make "eyes wide open" choices for yourself and the people you love.
  • A clear plan (not just documents) for how your assets and those you love will be taken care of, throughout every stage of life, and in the event of your incapacity or death.

About Hayden Adams

I love being a Personal Family Lawyer or PFL because I love helping people. And we have a wealth of resources as Personal Family Lawyers to help our clients achieve their goals. The PFL community is an extraordinary group of lawyers.

I was drawn to estate planning when I was helping my aging parents dealing with their affairs. I saw what can happen when affairs are not well organized, and I saw the value a good estate plan can bring to family.

My parents had an old-fashioned marriage. My father was an engineer and handled all of their finances, paid all the bills, and managed their investments… until he got Alzheimers. My siblings and I had to go through piles of bank statements and bills and make endless phone calls to figure out what my parents had and where it was. Worse, my father heard stories about past bank failures, so he had squirreled away funds in several local banks. Eventually we were able to sort it out, but if my parents had all done estate planning the way I do it, all of their assets would have been listed in a Family Wealth Asset Inventory spreadsheet, which would have been so much easier for me and my family.

By contrast, my parents did set up a trust. They named me as a co-trustee and I was able to help them. I paid their bills and managed their affairs. And when they finally passed away, their assets passed according to the terms of the trust, which kept my family out of the probate court.

Now, I’m helping other families with their own estate planning. I think of estate planning as a gift you give to your loved ones. It’s not only about the money. It’s the gift of planning for what you want to happen when you are gone or when you can no longer make those decisions. It is such a relief for families when they know that there is a plan in place.

Prior to my practice in estate planning and probate, I litigated employment-related cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations. I also conduct investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation for a variety of companies. I have advised employers on policies and handbooks to ensure they are compliant with the law. I worked as a judicial clerk in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California. During law school, I completed an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, and a judicial externship with the U.S. District Court, both in the Central District of California.

I attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where I was an editor on the Loyola Law Review. I won a prestigious award for the best Law Review Article. I found it to be true that the only person who will ever read your law review article is your mother. To be honest, I’m not sure even she read past the first two pages.

Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a professional actor, singer, and screenwriter, working in theatre, television, and film. Don’t be surprised if I break out into song or launch into a passage from Shakespeare.

I also have a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program and a Bachelor in Music in Voice from Indiana University.


“Hayden was very helpful and patient. Working with him was a pleasure. I feel so relieved now that I know my family will be taken care of.”

— Estate Planning Client, father of three children


“Hayden took very good care of us. I work in this field, as well, and I was impressed with Hayden’s process and attention to detail. I’ve seen large estates that were not as well organized.”

— Estate Planning Client, CPA in Miracle Mile, mother of two children


What makes PFL lawyers different?

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    How you hire us.

    We begin with a comprehensive inventory of everything you own, and everyone you love, and consider it all in a working meeting, called a Family Wealth Planning Session, to guide you to clarify your financial life and legacy goals before we draft a single document.

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    How we plan.

    We work with you throughout every life stage to map out the most likely scenarios for you and the people you love, planning for each as your life, the law, and your assets change over time.

  • Asset-1what-we-protect
    What we protect.

    Our Life & Legacy Planning process ensures everything that matters most -- from your financial assets to your values, insights, stories and experience -- are captured and documented during your life and cared for over the generations to come.

  • Asset-1transparency
    What you see.

    Transparency in our process, and our fees … all of which are flat fees, agreed to in advance, based on your choices and with no surprises, ensuring we stay on the same side of the table - supporting you to make a lifetime of great decisions - every step of the way.

  • Asset-1DElivery
    How we deliver.

    Our systems help you get clear and organized, overcoming the exact issues that keep most estate plans from actually working when they are needed most. We help you leave your family with a gift of love, and not a mess.

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    How our plans work.

    One-and-done estate plans focused only on money are a recipe for a big mess. We help you throughout every stage of life and be there for the people you love, when you can’t be.

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