Hey San Francisco Bay Area…here we come.  We are getting flowers in our hair and ready to fight hard for clients on Trust and Will litigation issues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here is the text of our recent news release announcing the opening of our newest office:

San Francisco SkylineWe are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new San Francisco Bay Area office, which is set to open October 1, 2014. “The opening of the Bay Area office expands both the physical and virtual reach in order to better serve California residents who have trust and estate litigation needs”, said founding partner Stewart R. Albertson.

The firm also created a Bay Area website,http://www.aldavlawbayarea.com, that provides visitors with a wealth of information about the firm, as well as a regularly-maintained blog intended to educate potential clients on matters related to Trust and Will Contests, Abused Trust Beneficiary litigation, and Financial Elder Abuse litigation. Additionally, having a Bay Area-focused website will allow the firm to better connect with its current and potential client base in the San Francisco market.

The new bricks-and-mortar office will be located at 555 Twin Dolphin Dr., Ste 130 in Redwood City,–right in the middle of Silicon Valley—providing current and potential clients with easy access from the Bayshore freeway. “The opening of the Bay Area office will give Albertson & Davidson a significantly expanded reach along the California coastline, as we already have offices in Carlsbad and Ontario, allowing us to serve the San Diego and Los Angeles communities”, said founding partner Keith A. Davidson. The firm’s expansion into the San Francisco Bay Area legal market will provide residents access to high quality legal counsel and representation in several areas related to Trust and Will contests, Abused Trust Beneficiary litigation, and Financial Elder Abuse litigation.

We are looking forward to serving the residents of the Bay Area!

After years of fighting the urge I purchased a BMW R1200GS. Since my purchase, I can’t stop riding my GS. I look for any excuse to go for a ride. Deposition in Los Angeles? No problem—I get to and from LA in just over an hour each way. Need Dog Food? No problem—I just strap the 50 pounds of dog food to the back of the GS. Etc. Etc. Etc.

I love everything about the GS except for the stock windscreen. At 90 mph—I mean 65 mph—the buffeting behind the stock windscreen gets old pretty quick. So I began a search for a better windscreen. I reviewed the AeroFlow Sport Half Fairing, the California Scientific windshield, Cee Bailey’s windshields, and the Touratech Windscreen Spoiler. Each had good points—but I remained undecided.

Several weeks later I had to service my GS at the BMW dealer in Riverside, California. I took my bike in early and had to wait for a few minutes. I saw a gentleman in the parking lot working on the windscreen of a BMW K1600GTL. We struck up a conversation about windscreens. I told him I had reviewed AeroFlow, CalSci, Cee Bailey’s, and even tried the Touratach Spoiler. He smiled and introduced himself as “Paige”. He then told me he was the president and founder of AeroFlow.

Paige invited me to visit him at AeroFlow headquarters in Anaheim. We set up a time to meet the following week. Upon arriving at Paige’s shop in Anaheim, he warmly greeted me along with Bonnie and Clyde—his guard dogs. Paige gave me a tour of his facility. He showed me how they heated and molded the windscreens. After that he showed me his new windscreen design for the BMW K1600GTL. Finally, Paige showed me the rest of his 3600 sq. ft. facility, and then we went to take a look at my GS.

Paige recommended the tall screen. Unfortunately, as we began taking off the stock screen, one of the attachments for holding the screen in place was broken. Paige suggested that I go to the BMW dealership in Orange to get a replacement part. I started to get my GS ready to ride without the windscreen, which we had already taken off. Paige said, “just take my car.” “Really?” I said. Paige insisted. So, I took his car and went to pick up the replacement part. After returning to Paige’s shop he had already mounted the upper brackets. We quickly mounted the tall screen and I was off to test it out. It was much improved, but I have a high riding position. So, Paige suggested we try the extra tall windscreen. The extra tall windscreen did the job. No more buffeting, and I could even hear my motorcycle on the freeway.

After saying thanks and goodbye I left Paige’s shop and got on the 91 Freeway East to drive to my office in Riverside. It was the best ride I’ve ever had on the Freeway. I’ve attached pictures of my experience with Paige and of my new AeroFlow Sport Half Fairing below.

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This video post is our informal discussion of why we practice law.  It is important for us to know our purpose in practicing law.  In fact, we put our purpose on the first page of our website, and we talk about it constantly.  For those viewing this blog by email subscription, you can click on the title for a link to the video.

In April 2009 I weighed 216 pounds. I’m 6’1” so I didn’t consider myself to be overweight. In fact, at this time, I was riding my road bike 60 to 90 miles per week, and even competed in the L.A./Kaiser triathlon the year before. But my diet was terrible. I ate way too much food—including the wrong types of food. I had gained approximately 30 pounds (mostly fat) since I graduated college in 1999. It’s a true statement—“you can out eat any exercise program.”

I was in court one day in April 2009. For some reason I noticed that many of the older litigators were overweight (some were really overweight). It scared me as I was headed down this same path. I immediately made a decision to get into great shape—from both a fitness and diet standpoint.

After coming across Tony Horton’s infomercial, I started doing P90X at the end of April 2009, and started making healthier food choices. Six months later, I dropped from 216 pounds to 204 pounds. I still didn’t like what I saw around my mid-section. In April 2010 I was down to 198 pounds. I continued doing P90X religiously, and closely monitored my diet. In April 2011 I was down to 195 pounds. 195 pounds was still not where I wanted to be—my overall goal in April 2009 was to get back to the 186 pounds I weighted when I was in the U.S. Army at 21 years old.

In July 2011, I started following certain fitness gurus to find out what I needed to do to drop those last few pounds of fat. I was overwhelmed with all the advice and fads out there. Over the past few weeks I have pared down who I follow, and implemented many of these “guru’s” suggestions into my fitness and diet routines, primarily Brad Pilon, Rusty Moore, and Martin Berkhan. Within in a few short weeks I dropped those last few stubborn pounds of fat, reaching my goal weight of 186 pounds. 

Here’s a list of the fitness gurus I currently follow:

Brad Pilon: You can find Brad at his blog and on Twitter. Brad’s advice regarding intermittent fasting sounds wrong at first. We’ve all been told we need to eat six small meals a day to lose fat and maintain muscle. Brad says “no” to the six small means and recommends intermittent fasting two times a week. He wrote a book about it, Eat Stop Eat. (Yes his book costs $39.95, which is the same cost as 10 Big Macs—a bargain in my opinion.) Look at Brad’s physical appearance on his blog. Does it look like he’s lost muscle from intermittent fasting?

Rusty Moore: You can find Rusty at his blog, The Fitness Black Book, and on Twitter. This is one of the first blogs I read regularly—and still do. Rusty gives great advice, and there’s lots of free content on his blog. He has a book as well, Visual Impact Muscle Building, which I believe costs $47. Again, a bargain compared to how much we spend on unhealthy foods each week. Rusty’s advice in a nutshell is to follow Brad Pilon’s Eat Fast Eat diet, and at same time train in a fasted state. You can find lots of useful ideas and advice on his blog. I’ve been training in a fasted state for the past four weeks and dropped those last few stubborn pounds of fat. It really worked for me.  

Martin Berkhan: You can find Martin at his blog, Leangains.com, and on Twitter. Martin’s Leangains Guide is full of great advice. I’ve switched between Brad Pilon’s Eat Fast Eat and Martin’s recommendations in his Leangains Guide. Martin is also an advocate of fasted training. Martin adds supplement advice to his training recommendations. Primarily, Martin recommends taking 10 grams of BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) prior to training, and several hours after training is completed. The BCAAs provide the muscles with protein and allow you to still train in a fasted state. Just watch the fat melt away after a few sessions of training in a fasted state.   

P90X/Tony Horton: Where would I be without Tony Horton? I still do P90X a few times a week, mostly for cardio training. If you are out of shape a little—or even a lot—give P90X a try. Tony is great at motivating you and teaching you how to modify the workouts until you are ready to “Bring It.” You can order P90X here. (Yes, I know it costs $140. But how much did you spend on pizza last year?) You can also follow Tony on Twitter.

Stewart R. Albertson is an attorney in Riverside, California. Stewart helps people in the areas of Trust, Estate, and Probate litigation. You can find Stewart at his website, blog, and on Twitter.

Albertson & Davidson, LLP has created a new private foundation to help support children’s causes. Listen to partner Keith A. Davidson announce the creation of our new foundation.

Albertson & Davidson, LLP, Riverside County’s fastest growing boutique law firm, is pleased to announce the creation of the “Albertson & Davidson Children’s Foundation”, which will contribute money each year to deserving charitable and governmental organizations that support children in our community.

“Our firm has, and continues to, represent members of our community that have been harmed by the actions of irresponsible individuals and companies” says named partner, Stewart R. Albertson. “We require these irresponsible actors to take full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause to members of our community. We also represent individuals in trust and estate matters who have spent their lives participating in our local communities.” 

Now Albertson & Davidson, LLP has chosen to take action more directly to help support a segment of the community that is underrepresented—namely, children. Children do not have the power to vote, do not have money to hire attorneys, and their unique causes are not fought for by high paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C. As a result, many at-risk children are not properly represented. “Our hope is that the Albertson & Davidson Children’s Foundation will help fill the gap and provide funding for the support of children’s care, medical treatment, and education” says Mr. Albertson.

The Albertson & Davidson Children’s Foundation will soon be a qualified 501(c)(3).  Albertson & Davidson, LLP will contribute a portion of its legal fees to the foundation, including a portion of the verdicts and settlements the firm wins on behalf of community members who have been injured by irresponsible actors. They will also encourage others to help fund the Albertson & Davidson Children’s Foundation, such as other law firms, entities, and individuals.

“We are excited about this new chapter in our community involvement and encourage every member of our community to take action to help those in need among us” says Keith A. Davidson, partner at Albertson & Davidson, LLP.

Our job as lawyers is to solve our clients’ problems.  Every day, in many different cases, we have issues to sort through and resolve–some big, some small.  In reality all lawyers are called on to solve their clients’ problems, but some solve problems better than others.

The key to solving a client’s problem is caring about their problem to begin with.  Ever try to solve a problem you did not care about?  It’s nearly impossible to come up with a good solution when you could care less about the outcome.  But when we put ourselves into a client’s shoes and care about their problem as if it were our own, problem solving becomes more meaningful and necessary.

Being a problem solver does not mean getting a client everything he wants or deserves. When it comes to legal problems, our ability to reach a solution is impeded by the opposing parties and attorney(s) in the case.  So a good, or even a great, resolution rarely means getting all you want and deserve.  But it does and should mean getting as much as you can while being reasonable about your options and choices.

This is where creativity comes in, the art we truly embrace. Getting as much as you can, or reaching your desired result, often takes creativity.  Creativity in the solutions we propose to the opposing side, creativity in how we fight the opposing attorney to reach a resolution, and creativity in looking at the available options.  Nothing is set in stone, every problem and every case is new and unique, which provides us with a new opportunity to be creative and find a good solution.