Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP, with offices in San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Irvine and Los Angeles, California, is a full service estates and trusts law firm, handling all aspects of planning, administration and probate, and litigation since 2001.  Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP is widely recognized as one of the most sophisticated firms specializing in the fields of estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, family law, civil and commercial litigation, tax controversy and planning, international private client and nonprofit organizations.

Partner Nancy Henderson is known nationally for her estate, gift and income tax planning knowledge and experience.

Partners Kristen Caverly and Shirley Kovar are prominent writers and speakers in the field of estate and trust litigation and handle complex litigation and matters in state, federal courts on behalf of trustees, beneficiaries, and estate creditors.

Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP also offers a wide range of services in the areas of commercial law and insolvency, civil litigation, income and real property tax planning and controversies, and charitable and nonprofit organizations.

Partner Maria K. Pum, head of the commercial law and insolvency practice, represents creditors and businesses in both transactions and litigation involving the structuring and payment of debts, real and personal property collateral, insolvency issues, and bankruptcy litigation.

Partner Clancy Wilson frequently speaks and writes on numerous subjects relating to taxation and estate and trust tax matters, including presentations to a number of well-known institutions and associations.

Partner Katharine Davidson leads the international private client practice.  She regularly counsels foreign clients with respect to investments in the United States and advises U.S. entities and individuals who conduct business abroad.

Partners Richard Hyatt, Hildy Fentin, and Sandra Mayberry with decades of experience are experts in high-asset cases lead the family law practice.

Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP recently added tax-exempt organizations into its practice areas.  Partner Jonathan Grissom represents a wide variety of public charities, family foundations, private operating foundations, community foundations, private schools and other nonprofit organizations.

Each of the partners at Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP brings a depth of experience to his or her practice, with a typical tenure among the partners of more than 25 years.  Most of the Firm’s partners have experience practicing in large national law firms, accounting firms or government agencies, but all have chosen to employ their skills and experience in an environment that permits greater focus on the needs of their clients, a higher level of personal service and teamwork.

Henderson, Caverly & Pum LLP partners are supported by a highly-skilled team of associates, paralegals and administrators.  Collectively, each member and employee of the Firm is dedicated to one purpose:  providing clients with the most sophisticated legal advice and the highest level of client service.

The case results discussed on this website were dependent on the facts of the particular case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

HCP congratulates Partner M. Katharine Davidson as the 2020 recipient of Best Lawyers – Tax Law by Best Lawyers.

HCP congratulates Partner Sandy Mayberry as the 2020 recipient of Best Lawyers – Family Law Mediation by Best Lawyers.

HCP congratulates Founding Partners Kristen Caverly and Maria Pum for having been named as among the 2018 Top 25 Women Attorneys in San Diego by Super Lawyers.

HCP congratulates Founding Partner Kristen Caverly and Partner Sandy Mayberry for having been named as among the 2017 Top 25 Women Attorneys in San Diego by Super Lawyers.

HCP congratulates Founding Partner Nancy Henderson as the 2016 recipient of the BNY Mellon Advisor of the Year Award in the area of pre-deal Estate and Tax Planning.  This award is given to advisors who provided extraordinary service and value to owners of middle market companies in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their companies.  We are very proud of Nancy’s accomplishment.

HCP congratulates Partner Katharine Davidson as the USA recipient of the 2016 STEP Founders Award.  This is one of the highest honors from STEP which is a group of professionals around the world focused on tax and estate planning for international clients.




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