UKIAH (707) 462-6694
WILLITS (707) 456-9210
[email protected]

Within our general civil practice, our firm regularly represents clients in the areas of real estate disputes and transactions, land use and planning, business and commercial law, administrative hearings before county and state agencies, probate and estate planning matters, and practicing in the court of appeals. We hold a preeminent AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. When factoring in the tenure of our predecessor firm Carter, Behnke, Oglesby and Bacik, we are the oldest law firm in Mendocino County.


Our Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

Real estate transactions and litigation, including purchase, sale, lease, easements, boundary disputes,
title contests, water rights.

Estate Planning

Draft trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advance health care directives and ancillary documents.

Civil Litigation

Assist clients in contract litigation, easement disputes, trust contests & more.

Trust and Probate Administration

Assist clients with probate proceedings, and trust administrations.

Legal Entity Formation and Transactions

Draft contracts, leases purchase agreements, form corporations, partnerships & LLCs.

Land Use Zoning

Assist property owners in obtaining use permits, zoning, division of land, development and utilizing
natural resources.

Attorneys at Carter Rich

Margarita Salcedo Rice

Associate (Se habla Español)


  • “Brian Carter’s ability to analyze a legal matter from all sides, his knowledge of current case law, and his ability to research and come up with the best outcome for his clients is second to none. Having recently required Mr. Carter’s services, I found him to be professional, communicative, up front and realistic in all aspects of my case. He actively listened to my concerns, and responded in kind with legal and common sense. I am happy to highly recommend Brian Carter and the law offices of Carter Rich PC.”

    ALEX A.
  • I want to write a testimonial to post on your website stating what an amazing attorney Brian Carter is. He helped me so much right when I was desperate & needed it most. He resolved my horrible situation with such expertise & support, I’m forever grateful and would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal support. Thank you so much Brian.

  • We are pleased to have the opportunity to express our gratitude for the superb service provided by Alexander Rich and Margie Rice, and by extension, their colleagues at Carter and Rich. Their knowledge of the law combined with their professional ability to interpret the law has been tremendously reassuring to us on a number of complicated issues.  Their technical skills are exceeded only by their gracious style that has made us comfortable in their presence. Finally their accessibility has been amazing.  Even on their busiest days they have responded promptly to calls and made room on their schedule for a personal meeting or more recently for a “Zoom” discussion.  To assist them in providing outstanding service to their clients, they are surrounded by a team of talented associates who reflect their commitment to excellence and accommodation.  In summary we are privileged to be clients of Alexander, Margie and their staff, and we look forward to benefiting from their services for many years.

    TERRY & TAFFY MONTGOMERY, Thunder Hawk Ranch
  • “I have used this firm twice in the past and have had excellent service and results. The attorneys are well qualified and take extra time to fully understand the issue under consideration. The support staff keeps the client informed and provides follow up to all interactions.”

    ED B.
  • “The attorneys are exceptional at what they do – they are current on the law and its application, effective communicators and deliver results. They have my respect, trust, and highest recommendation.”

  • “Alexander Rich helped me immensely when I was re-stating my will and trust. I liked his demeanor which was warm and friendly. Moreover his knowledge in the Trust & Estates field was phenomenal. He listened to what I wanted, gave excellent advice and it was always a very pleasant experience when we had appointments. He offered solutions, and things went smoothly. My feeling is that he’s a very genuine person, very trustworthy and very concerned about providing excellent work at a reasonable cost. He allowed me plenty of time but worked diligently to keep things on track and moving forward. I highly recommend him.”

  • “Kudos to Brian Carter. Our partnership is very satisfied with the thoughtful and creative strategy Brain developed for our complicated property sale. Both buyers and sellers achieved 100% of their desired outcomes, and right on schedule.”

    MARY G.
  • We can never thank you enough for your assistance. Your guidance and your patience were true God sends. You can bet we know who to recommend should anyone ask us “Do you know a good lawyer?”

  • “Thank you all for being always polite and kind to me. And for your generosity. Your law firm is by far the best I have ever dealt with. Thank you again.”

  • “I appreciate everything you have done for me. You were always there with an open ear. You went to the mat for me and did more than you had to.”