Albert J. Nicora, Esq.
Albert J. Nicora, Esq. graduated from Stanford University and the Hastings College of Law.  He was admitted to The State Bar of California in 1980.   Mr. Nicora is the Founder of The Law Offices of Albert J. Nicora and now Partner of the Law Offices of Nicora & Hespe LLP.  Mr. Nicora has served as an attorney practicing Civil Litigation, Business Law and Estate Planning for more than thirty years. He offers experience in handling a wide variety of major and multiparty corporate litigation, including contract matters, breach of partnership, corporate fiduciary obligation matters and commercial disputes. Also, he is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

Since 1975, he has also served as a California Probate Referee for the Superior Court. He was originally appointed as a Probate Referee in his hometown of Oakland, California, where he served the courts of Alameda County. After moving his family to Pebble Beach, he was appointed by the State Controller to serve the Monterey County Courts in 1991 and has served in that capacity since then. The court frequently appoints Mr. Nicora to serve as special master, special trustee or referee in difficult matters. He is an expert in Probates, Conservatorships, Trust Matters, and Estate Planning.

A frequent public speaker on numerous topics, Mr. Nicora is frequently invited to talk regarding estate planning before community groups. These talks include various charitable giving alternatives available to potential donors.  He also has written and published articles in professional and trade association periodicals and books.

Mr. Nicora belongs to several Community Service and member of local boards and committees. He coordinated the fundraising plan for the completed Murphy Center at the Carmel Mission and has served on the annual fundraising event committee for ten years. Mr. Nicora’s wife, Melanie, is equally active in community affairs, having served as Junior League President, number of National Charity Leagues and committee member at Carmel Mission’s Junipero Serra School, Santa Catalina School and Robert Louis Stevenson School in past years.  
Married for over 28 years and has four beautiful daughters.  Stephanie, his oldest daughter, studied Psychology and graduated Rutgers University and also studied Political science at Barnard and Columbia University in New York.  Catherine studied theater arts at New York University.  Jackie graduated from Santa Clara University and is currently enrolled in Law School at Hastings College of Law.  Youngest daughter Maria is currently studying to be a nurse her freshmen year at Loyola University Chicago.

Frank Hespe, Esq.
Frank Hespe, Esq. graduated with a J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He was also graduated and earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University.  Since 2009 he has become a Partner of Law Offices of Nicora & Hespe LLP, who specializes in Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Conservatorships and Business Law.

Frank Hespe has been an attorney for over 20 years.  Prior to returning to the Monterey Peninsula, Mr. Hespe worked for the American Bar Association in a number of different positions over a four year period, including Legal Specialist, Country Director and Regional Director in such places as Qatar, Azerbaijan, and the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Mr. Hespe specializes in being Chief of Party for Rule of Law programs in challenging and post-conflict environments, including directing programs on anti-corruption, gender equality, training judges, law school development and curriculum reform, continuing legal education and Bar Association reform.

Before his work abroad, from 2002 to 2005, Mr. Hespe served as Dean of the Monterey College of Law, after previously working there for 12 years as an Adjunct Professor of International Law and the Director of Clinical Studies Program.  From 1993 to 2001, he served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Seniors, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low income senior citizens in Monterey County.

In the area of Community Service, Mr. Hespe has been Judge Pro Tem of the Small Claims and Traffic Court Division of the Monterey Superior Court; president and treasurer of the Monterey County Bar Association; member of the United Nations Association, co-chair of the United Way of the Salinas Valley; past president and member of the board of directors of the Charitable Council of Monterey County; member of the City of Pacific Grove Senior Housing Committee; member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council of California State University, Monterey Bay; member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Monterey County chapter; and member of the board of directors of the Berkeley Community Law Center and founding member of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s free legal clinic.

Frank Hespe was also the winner of the 2010 Chief Justice Gibson Award, an annual honor given by the Monterey County Bar Assoc. Check out the article and get to know more about Mr. Hespe at 2010 Gibson Winner, Frank Hespe.

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