The law office of Mary Christerson Torrez is a Santa Cruz County law firm providing legal counsel to clients in matters ranging from estate planning, trust administration, business formation and planning, probate, trusts, wills, and gifting. Our firm brings many years of experience representing a wide variety of clients in these fields; yet we tailor our services personally for each individual, family or business client.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve our clients by providing high caliber personal legal representation and planning in a cost-efficient, practical, and individualized manner. We take the time to fully understand each client’s specific needs and concerns and then develop strategic, cost-effective solutions on an individual basis.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Contracts
  • Business Formation and Planning
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Gifting
  • Accountings

Attorney Profile: Mary Christerson Torrez

Mary Christerson Torrez was born in San Jose, California, raised in Los Gatos, and has been practicing law in Aptos since 1989. Her main area of expertise is estate planning, trust administration, trusts, wills, probate, gifting, business formation and business planning. When Mary’s children were born she continued to practice law, but kept her daughters close by setting up a nursery in her office. As her children grew, Mary took time off from full-time practice in order to be home with them at the end of the school day. Obviously for Mary, family comes first which is why she has chosen to practice law in a field that deals primarily with family issues; protecting family assets for the use and enjoyment of family and loved ones.

  • Biola University, La Mirada, California (B.A., Communication)
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, California (J.D., Class of 1989)
  • Admitted to the California Bar (1989) and the Nevada Bar (1992)
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California:
    • Trust and Estates section
    • Business law section
    • Real Property law section
    • Taxation section

Ms. Torrez was an Associate Professor at Bethany University in its School of Professional Studies, Business Department. Ms. Torrez continues to guest lecture in the area of estate planning at universities and estate planning seminars.


Moot Court Judge, Hastings College of the Law; Riese Hearing Advocate, Santa Cruz City Counsel; Fee Arbitrator, Santa Cruz County Bar Association; Board of Directors, Early Childhood Learning Center; Committee Member, Young Life of Santa Cruz County; Assistant Basketball Coach, Scotts Valley Recreation League.

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