Joy C. Chang

Partner | San Francisco, San Diego

Joy is a partner in the private client and tax team.

She assists families and individuals in the tax-efficient transfer of wealth. Her practice includes estate and gift planning for domestic and international clients, charitable giving, and probate and trust administration. She assists families and individuals at all stages of life, from drafting the initial estate plan, implementing lifetime gifts and charitable planning, providing advice and counsel for use of sophisticated estate and gift tax saving techniques, to advising fiduciaries in post-mortem trust and probate administration.

Joy counsels domestic and international families on cross-border issues. She advises clients with assets that are located in multiple jurisdictions or those with cross-border interests or beneficiaries, and counsels individuals planning to enter or leave the United States. Joy also provides tax compliance advice for persons with foreign trusts, foreign bank accounts, or other foreign assets and entities, including advice regarding participation in the offshore voluntary disclosure or streamlined disclosure programs.

She also assists clients in forming public charities and private foundations and obtaining tax exempt status, and advises nonprofits in their ongoing operations.

Joy ranked on Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite: One to Watch list in 2017 and 2018 and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015. She is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

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Track record





Legal Week Private Client Global Elite: One to Watch 2018

Legal Week Private Client Global Elite: One to Watch 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers: Rising Star 2015

State of California, 2005

‘How Much is ‘‘Almost All?’‘: The Case for Keeping the ‘Math’ in the Otherwise Mathematical Public Support Equation Proposed Guidance Under Treasury Regulation §1.170(A)-9(f)(7)(iii)’, Tax Notes Today, July 2013, author

‘How Deductible is that Kitty in the Window? The Deductibility of a Volunteer’s Unreimbursed Animal-Care Expenses’, ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2011, author

San Diego County Bar Association - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section and International Law Section

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego

‘The Changing Face of High Net Worth in Asia,’ M International Advisors Conference, Miami, Florida - May 21, 2019, panelist

‘Cross-Border Planning: Tips for Domestic Planners Facing Increasingly Global Clients,’_ Sacramento Estate Planning Council – November 14, 2018, speaker

‘Women in Law,’ Women’s Museum of California and UC Hastings College of the Law - October 23, 2018, moderator



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San Francisco

505 Sansome Street,

2nd Floor,

CA 94111

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San Diego

101 West Broadway,

Suite 1000,

CA 92101

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