The founder 

The firm

At Integrate Legacy Law, we guarantee impeccable communication while guiding our clients through a holistic process of defining and preserving the comprehensive mark they leave on the world, their legacy. We are a value-based firm and our top value is to leave our clients with a clearer sense of what legacy means to them and a plan for integrating their legacy into their lives before the luxury of time is no longer on their side.

Our sweet spot is working with Gen X'ers and Millennials who have substantial asset portfolios and work in the tech industry. Our other niche is addressing the unique issues that affect LGBTQ couples and their families. Niches and sweet spots aside, we work with anyone who is committed to planning smartly for the future of their finances and healthcare... all people welcome!

We are based in Jack London Square, Oakland, and we serve clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 

R. Kamela Laird founded Integrate Legacy Law with the commitment to guide her clients to identify their life purpose and then integrate that legacy into their lives in a way that makes a lasting difference. As an experienced communication and relationship coach, mediator, and spiritual counselor, Kamela integrates these skills with her legal training to provide a holistic approach to estate planning. She has a special knack for supporting clients through conversations with family members regarding end of life, incapacity, and guardianship. 

 

She is the former President of the Board of Directors at Community Boards, as well as a volunteer mediator there. She is an active member of Integrative Mediation Bay Area where she co-mediates with mental health professionals. As a pioneer of the collaborative estate planning field, she works on interdisciplinary teams with other Attorneys, licensed Mental Health and Eldercare Professionals, and Certified Financial Planners to deliver her clients a holistic and transformative experience. 

 

Kamela was raised in Asheville, North Carolina and moved to California to attend Santa Clara University where she graduated as Valedictorian.  During law school in Los Angeles, Kamela worked at a non-profit that provided free family law services to survivors of domestic violence, externed in the Major Crimes unit of the District Attorney’s office, and facilitated a transformational leadership class to incarcerated men, targeted at lowering recidivism rates. 

 

Kamela loves sailing, scuba diving, salsa dancing, camping, and traveling to as many foreign destinations as possible. Kamela practices mindfulness and wholeheartedly believes in work-life balance. She makes sure to visit her parents on a regular basis and loves exploring the outdoors with her min pin, Iggy.

 

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Southwestern Law School

BS in Political Science, Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University

BA in Spanish Studies, Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member of California State Bar

Member of American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

Member of East Bay Trust & Estate Lawyers

Member of Integrative Mediation Bay Area

Member of Collaborative Practice East Bay and Collaborative Practice California

 

LANGUAGES

Fluent Spanish

Basic Portuguese

Read & write Arabic

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The staff

Jane Marjorie is a productive and valuable legal assistant at Integrate Legacy Law. Aligned with Kamela's intention to provide heart-centered service, she is naturally happy at work and caring in her interactions with clients. Jane loves knowing she is instrumental in helping people secure their legacies for future generations.

 

Jane studied Sociology and Family & Health Studies at the University of Wisconsin and has a background in non-profit program development & grant-writing. She has experience providing services to enhance quality of life and to provide palliative care in a healthcare setting. Jane is a naturally-gifted public speaker and has led butterfly gardening classes, children's environmental education programs, as well as Bingo and the like in long-term care settings. She is dedicated to developing her communication and leadership abilities to best support others in creating their own happiness. How do you take your coffee?

Watch an interview with Kamela on KTNC-TV regarding her mediation work with Community Boards. This interview is conducted in Spanish on AL DIA network. 

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