Sunny Rickard is an associate attorney with Hone Maxwell LLP. Her practice focuses on international estate planning, domestic estate planning, preimmigration planning, trust administration and probate.  Through her work in these areas Ms. Rickard assists client to establish comprehensive estate plans for their families and business, including revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, wills, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts and entity formations. She also performs probate proceedings and trust administration.

Ms. Rickard was born in China, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering from Dalian University of Technology and Master’s degree in Management from Dalian University of Technology.  Ms. Rickard earned her Juris Doctor from Northwestern California University, School of Law. While in law school she worked in immigration and estate planning.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rickard worked as the principal attorney with Rickard Law Office.  In this role she also assisted clients with international and domestic estate planning, preimmigration planning, and trust administration/execution and probate. Additionally, she assisted clients with business and family based immigration, especially in the areas of Investment Visas (EB-5), Intracompany Transferee Visas (L-1) and Managers and Executive Transferees Visas (EB-1C), which provides her an excellent background to understand the needs of people immigrating to the U.S.

Ms. Rickard is a frequent speaker in her area of practices. She has engaged in many public speaking events on the topics of pre-immigration estate planning, basic estate planning, asset protection for business in the US, business succession planning and she is a contributor in the local media and newspapers. She is the member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization for estate planning professionals in pursuit of practice excellence; she is a member of State Bar of California and a member of the Trusts & Estates section and Immigration Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Ms. Rickard is also involved in community services; she is a board member of San Diego Asian Americans for Equality, and legal counsel and an officer of PUSD Parent Group.

Ms. Rickard lives in San Diego with her husband, Tim and their two children.

She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of California


  • Northwestern University of California, School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2009
  • Dalian University of Technology, Industrial Management, Master of Science
  • Dalian University of Technology, Civil Engineering

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Immigration Section
  • Wealth Counsel
  • American Immigration Lawyer Association
  • San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association

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