After a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from CSU, Fresno (summa cum laude) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Western Michigan University (summa cum laude),
Jonathan Petty taught at numerous colleges in the Valley and throughout California. Making a transition to law, Jon knew that he wanted to pursue an area of the law that actually allowed individuals and families to avoid negative or painful circumstances. Estate planning was a good fit. While allowing him to use his background in attention to language and moral dilemmas, Jon found that careful estate planning could ensure that families could avoid unexpected consequences and strife.
Jon enjoys working with clients to ensure their estate plans are legally sound while meeting their individualized needs.
Wright and Wright Attorneys at Law, Inc. is a family-founded law firm that has devoted itself to estate planning, estate administration, and probate. Based on a commitment to recognizing and taking into account the unique circumstances surrounding each family, Wright and Wright have grown a firm that cherishes relationships, builds trust, and utilizes a group of attorneys and staff that are deeply committed to making the estate planning process reassuring, pleasant, stress-free, and fulfilling.
Prior to becoming attorneys, Judy Wright, and her son, Rob Wright, were in insurance and financial services. Judy was a licensed life insurance agent and Rob was a Registered Investment Advisor, in addition to holding a life insurance license. In these professions, the Wrights had much contact with estate attorneys on behalf of their (then) financial services clients. They found that most of estate planning was transactional; that is, an attorney "sold" an estate plan to the clients. Far too many estate plans were form documents that failed to adequately accommodate or appreciate each family's unique circumstances and estate planning goals. The Wrights believed (and still believe) that planning for one's estate is deeply personal and when the attorney builds the plan around the person and family, rather than "squeezing" the family into a form document, it is much more likely that the plan will achieve the desired results.
In 1994, with this deep conviction that estate planning could be done better, Judy and Rob decided to refocus their careers and enter law school. They matriculated together at the San Joaquin College of Law, in the fall of that year. The mother and son had many classes together and were somewhat of a novelty at the law school. They were the first (and remain the only) mother and son team to enroll together at SJCL.
Upon graduation, neither Judy nor Rob ever worked in another firm. Judy founded the firm in 1997, under the name "Law Offices of Judith Wright, Inc." Rob joined her in 1998 and the firm adopted its current name in 2005. They realized their dream of building their own firm from the ground up. It wasn't easy! However, the results were worth it. The firm has matured into just the type of relationship oriented practice they envisioned.
All the attorneys have backgrounds in professions other than the law. We believe this adds value in our attorney-client relationships, bringing unique perspectives to this intensely human exercise we call estate planning. We understand the role that the estate planning attorney plays on the family's team-with financial advisors, business advisors, accountants, and other professionals.
There are literally hundreds of advanced estate planning tools available. The challenge comes in determining which of the many tools should be utilized in a given situation. Many attorneys proclaim their firm's ability to create Family Limited Partnerships, Family LLCs, IDGTs, GRATs, QPRTs, CRTs and Family Foundations. While we utilize these tools, among many others, our ability to create and implement one or more of these strategies is far less important than how we go about the process of figuring out which ones are right for you!