CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Agnieszka: I practice exclusively in the area of trusts and estates. My practice includes estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Our firm doesn’t, however, represent clients in trust and estate litigation matters. My interest in this field started in law school. I chose a tax concentration while at UC Hastings (I knew I wasn’t going to be a litigator). When I began practice, I was fortunate to work at a full service law firm where I was given the opportunity to explore various practice groups. I quickly realized that trusts and estates was the area in which I wanted to specialize.
CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Agnieszka: My favorite part about practicing law is the daily interaction with clients. I enjoy solving problems for my clients as well as educating them about the legal principles that apply to their particular situation. My least favorite part is the instances in which I can’t help my clients and when I have to tell them that they need litigation counsel because they have to bring or defend a lawsuit.
CEB: What’s the best legal tip you ever received?
Agnieszka: Don’t be afraid to tell your clients that you don’t know the answer to their question and that you’ll have to call them back with an answer.
CEB: What CEB book have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Agnieszka: I use Decedent Estate Practice several times a week for my probate administration matters.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Agnieszka: I think technology will continue to change the practice of law. I imagine that we won’t keep physical client files but will have all of our records digitized. I also think email will become the primary mode of written communication.
CEB: What’s the most interesting book you have read recently?
Agnieszka: Between work and my busy family life, I don’t get to read as much as I would like. When I read, I typically choose Polish authors to stay connected to the Polish language. The most interesting book I read lately is Drach by Szczepan Twardoch. It’s a family saga and a story about Silesia (the region of Poland where I come from).
CEB: What’s your contact information?
Agnieszka: Agnieszka K. Adams, Roisman Henel LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612; 510.466.6000.
CEB: Thank you, Agnieszka!
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