Meet the Attorneys at Black & McGhee, A. P. L. C.:

Karen E. Black - Attorney At Law:

Karen Black Certified Specialist Probate, Trusts, Edler Law. Estate Planning Certified Specialist CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization; Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation accredited by the California State Bar, VA Accredited Attorney.

Position: Attorney. Admitted to bar, 1983, California; 1986, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.

EDUCATION: San Diego State University (B.S. in Business Administration, 1979); University of San Diego (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1982); National Law Center; George Washington University (LL.M., in Taxation with highest honors, 1986).

ORGANIZATIONS: North County Bar Association San Diego (1986 to present) - Board of Directors (1992-1995, secretary 1992); Tax Section (Chair 1989-1991); Founder and member - Elder Law Section; Member - Probate Section; Delegate to State Bar Convention (1991-2001). Member - State Bar of California; Law Advisory Commission of the California Board of Specialization, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Section, 1997-1999, chair 2000. Member - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Southern California Chapter of NAELA, Past President. Associate Professor, Probate, Elder Law, Palomar Community College (Paralegal program); Superior Court of San Diego County - Judge Pro Tem (since 1992); Attorney Arbitration Panel (since 1992)

PUBLICATIONS: The Law and You, weekly article, North County Times 1993-2000, Code of Conduct, a novel, (see below).

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish   Email: Karen Black
Code of Conduct, book written by Karen Black, inspired by Cole Black, and his Vietnam ex-POW buddies, whose combined experiences provided the details for the prison episodes
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Read more here about: Code of Conduct a novel, written by Karen Black.
Karen's husband Cole Black spent almost seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, his POW experiences provided the inspiration and background for the novel. The personal relationship portion of the book is purely fictional. But the prison scenes are based on actual events that happened to the POWs in Vietnam.

Kimberly R. McGhee - Attorney At Law:

Kimberly R. McGhee Kim is an experienced attorney in advocating and protecting her clients' best interests. She has a strong background in commercial litigation which gives our clients an advantage when she assists them plan for and protect their future. She possesses a broad range of experience in the areas of estate planning, elder law, retirement planning, banking, real estate and legal ethics.

Kim is active in both community and professional organizations. She is a member of the State Bars of California and Nevada, Vice-Chair of the North County Bar Association California Conference of Delegates, Member-At-Large and Chair of the Community Outreach and Fundraising Committees for the San Diego Dementia Consortium, Vice President of Southern California National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a former Executive Board Member-At-Large of the Clark County Bar Association. She took an active role as an Attorney Member of the Regional Justice Center and Neighborhood Justice Center Self Help Steering Committee, which provides the public with access to free legal services. Kim also was appointed by the State of Nevada as a Foreclosure Mediator for the State of Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program helping to provide a forum for lenders and borrowers to resolve disputes related delinquent home payments.

EDUCATION:
Juris Doctor, 2005 Magna Cum Laude, Associate Editor, California Western Law Review, 2004-2005, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Barbara L. Major of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Law Clerk and Certified Law Student, Office of the California Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division, San Diego, California, University of California, San Diego, B.A. in Economics, 2002

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of California
State Bar of Nevada
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

ORGANIZATIONS: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Southern California Chapter of NAELA, North County Bar Association, San Diego, San Diego Dementia Consortium

LANGUAGES: English   Email: Kim McGhee

Courtney Bolin Nash - Attorney At Law:

Courtney Bolin Nash Courtney Bolin Nash is an Associate Attorney with Black & McGhee, A.P.L.C. She formerly ran the Legal Aid Society of San Diego's Conservatorship Clinic, which assisted thousands of San Diegans in navigating the complexities of conservatorship each year. Courtney also designed and ran educational sessions and workshops to bring the benefits of estate planning to all San Diegans. Courtney began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow focusing on immigration relief for abused children and victims of crime. She also worked in public benefits with Legal Aid.

Courtney is a graduate of the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. She was awarded Outstanding Public Interest Advocate, Outstanding Prosecution Intern, and successfully competed with the Mock Trial Team while at USD. Courtney completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with Honors at the University of California at Berkeley.

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of California

ORGANIZATIONS: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Southern California Chapter of NAELA, San Diego County Bar Association Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections, Probate Attorneys of San Diego

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish   Email: Courtney Bolin Nash