Sierra Madre, California Estate Planning Lawyers

Maggie Mouradian
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California Estate Planning Attorney

Maggie Mouradian focuses on comprehensive estate and gift tax planning for high net worth individuals and families. Read More »
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Andrew K. Steenbock
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Taxation, Trusts & Estates

Andrew Steenbock focuses on estate and gift tax planning, and advises individuals and business entities on a range of tax planning and estate planning matters.
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Jonathan S. Forster
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience

Loyola Law School, Los AngelesCalifornia
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Martin A. Neumann
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience

UCLA School of LawCalifornia and U.S. Tax Court
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Sierra Madre, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(626) 355-3401 37 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Estate Planning
Loyola Law School
Linda Lu McLarnan-Dugan
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Arcadia, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(626) 296-8670 150 N. Santa Anita Ave., Suite 300
Arcadia, CA 91006
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of West Los Angeles College of Law
Linda L. McLarnan-Dugan, Esq. has over 26 years of experience in the legal field following her admission to the California State Bar. She handles all types of cases which deal with the family. Her practice include all areas of Family Law; Probate; Conservatorships; Guardianships; and Estate Planning. She regularly is appointed a Minor’s Counsel in Family Court and PVP Attorney in Probate Court. She is a member of the State Bar of California; Pasadena Bar Association, 2018 President-Elect of the PBA, Chair 2011-2014 Pasadena Family Law Bar; Pasadena Tournament of Roses; and Recording Secretary of...
Albert Lum
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 55 years experience
(626) 795-8886 225 South Lake Ave.
Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Estate Planning, Business, Immigration and Tax
USC Law School
As an attorney, Mr. Lum has over fifty years of experience, specializing in all aspects of immigration applications and immigration litigation. His immigration application practice includes consultation and representation on applications for Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5), PERM, Nonimmigrant Business Visas (E-2, L-1, H-1, B-1/B-2), and all forms of family based visa applications. Mr. Lum’s immigration litigation practice includes representation for Asylum, TPS, VAWA, and Cancellation of Removal.

Mr. Lum also provides personal representation to individuals, partnerships, and corporations regarding all business and corporate matters, trust, wills, and estates, and business litigation and real estate litigation matters.
John S. Morris
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Arcadia, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(626) 294-0880 150 N Santa Anita Ave
Suite 750
Arcadia, CA 91001
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
The lawyers and staff who make up Morris & Morris are not that different from the people we represent. We encounter the same highs and lows and we share the same desire for happy and healthy families. Since the founding of our San Gabriel Valley law firm in 1997, those common interests have only served to reinforce our belief in what we do. We have children of our own and we can identify with both the difficulties and the benefits of raising a family in Southern California. We can help you ensure that your children are provided for whether...
Timothy Gene Mishler
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Monrovia, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(626) 357-3223 814 W Foothill Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016
Estate Planning and Probate
Glendale Univ COL
Attorney Timothy G. Mishler specializes in Trusts, Estate, Probate, Conservatorships and Estate Litigation at the law firm of Holland, Donnelly & Mishler.
William Charles Peacock
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(562) 774-1529 1301 N Sierra Bonita Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
Estate Planning
Willie has three passions in life: family (including his dog), following his favorite sports teams, and helping his clients. He primarily practices Family Law in Long Beach, California and the surrounding areas.
Henry John Moravec III
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San Marino, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(626) 793-3210 2233 Huntington Dr
San Marino, CA 91108
Estate Planning and Tax
Loyola Law School
Joseph Hyunsung Lee
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(626) 325-0770 301 E. Colorado Boulevard
Suite 705
Pasadena, CA 91101
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Administrative and Education
Seton Hall University School of Law
“I have walked many paths in life. I started life out as an attorney, have been a minister, a school teacher, but the most important job I’ve ever had is a father. When my son, Danny was born, it changed my life. When he was diagnosed with autism, it shook my world. When the school system and the state tried to cut off his services because of this current budget crisis in California, it pointed me to my true calling. I have often wondered why I’ve been privileged to be able to have three very satisfying careers as...
Troy Werner
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Santa Clarita, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(888) 630-9902 27257 1/2 Camp Plenty Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Probate
Southwestern Law School
An Ivy League graduate, Troy Werner has been an indispensable asset to The Werner Law Firm, providing exceptional legal service to its clients. Troy has won numerous awards during his tenure as an attorney, including being recognized with an award as one of the Top 40 individuals under 40 in the community. Troy Werner continues the tradition of excellence in the firm. His father L. Rob Werner, founder of The Werner Law Firm, ranks among the most experienced lawyers in California. Starting the Law Offices of L. Rob Werner in 1975, the Werners have built it into the...
Rob Werner
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Santa Clarita, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(661) 252-9022 27257 Camp Plenty Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
Southwestern Law School
L. Rob Werner is the founding attorney of The Werner Law Firm and is ranked as one of the most experienced lawyers in the state of California. He launched the Law Offices of L. Rob Werner in 1975 and since has built the company into an award-winning firm. He has repeatedly been recognized for his quality service to his clients and to the community. Some of the honors he has received include: Readers' Choice Award for Best Attorney from the Los Angeles Daily News; SCV Bar Association Attorney of the Year; Voted "Best Of" Santa Clarita Valley...
Gary Borofsky
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California Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience

University of California - Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Tax Court
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Jill R. Skinner
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Jill Skinner focuses on estate and gift tax planning, and trust administration. She advises on living trusts, insurance trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts.
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Sandy Wu
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(626) 698-0088 600 South Lake Avenue #303
Pasadena, CA 91106
Estate Planning, Family and Trademarks
Southwestern University School of Law
As a founding partner of Chiao & Wu, LLP, Sandy T. Wu is an experienced litigator, representing clients ranging from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Wu also has experience in representing public entities, including the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Montebello Unified School District. Ms. Wu has litigated construction delay cases as well as wrongful termination, labor and wage issues for public entities. Finally, Ms. Wu has experience in representing insurance companies, litigating extra-contractual and bad faith cases and...
Edmund Vincent Yan
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(626) 307-2800 355 South Grand Avenue
Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of the Pacific
Edmund Yan, the Modern Family's Attorney | Los Angeles Estate Planning Attorney | Pasadena Wills & Trusts, San Gabriel Probate & Trust Administration Lawyer | Speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). Located in Rosemead, California (15 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles). www.edmundvincentlaw.com
Joshua R. Driskell
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(626) 683-7234 790 East Colorado Blvd
Ste 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Toledo
Mr. Driskell focuses his practice on business, tax, estate, bankruptcy and related matters. He is a member of the Pasadena Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Bar Association. Prior to the formation of Primuth & Driskell, LLP with Partner Jonathan Primuth in 2014, Mr. Driskell worked at a multi-state law firm, handling a wide variety of matters for individuals and small and medium sized businesses. Mr. Driskell earned his juris doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was president of the American Bar Association-Law School Division and was a member, officer...
Calvin Allen Slater
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(626) 795-1600 200 S Los Robles Ave
Suite 530
Pasadena, CA 91101
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
Aastha Madaan
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Long Beach, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(949) 346-5294 Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90803
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
Whittier Law School
Aastha is the owner and founder of Madaan Law, P.C.. She focuses her practice in the areas of business law, franchise law, and estate planning. Aastha is a strong advocate of good planning, in life and in business. She takes the time to explain the legal process and answer any questions for potential clients. Prior to founding Madaan Law, Aastha worked with a boutique business law firm where she practiced business litigation and provided legal advice to small businesses. She learned the ins and outs of future planning for individuals and businesses, and uses her...
Eugene Mayonte Palacios
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West Covina, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(626) 331-8188 1050 Lakes Drive, Suite 231
West Covina, CA 91790
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Immigration
Attorney Eugene M. Palacios is an immigrant from the Philippines and the founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Eugene M. Palacios. He is licensed as an attorney in California since 2001 and in the Philippines since 1997. He is admitted to practice before U.S. Immigration Courts, the U.S. Central District Court, and California State Courts.
Stephen Edward Ensberg
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West Covina, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(626) 813-3744 1609 W Garvey Ave N
West Covina, CA 91790
Estate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
USC Law School
West Covina Real Estate Lawyer and Business Law Attorney Stephen E. Ensberg has represented clients for more than 30 years.
Daniel Sheridan Standifer
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West Covina, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(626) 966-2400 1609 West Garvey Ave North
West Covina, CA 91790
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Angela Hawekotte
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(626) 583-8000 251 S Lake Ave
Suite 930
Pasadena, CA 91101-4873
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
University of Wales, Aberystwyth UK and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Justin Albert Shiau
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(626) 888-9035 14 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
Suite 503
Pasadena, CA 91103
Estate Planning
University of Southern California
Jennifer Long
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Taxation, Trusts & Estates Lawyer

Jennifer Long focuses on estate and gift tax planning, trust and estate administration, as well as income tax and state and local (including property) tax matters.
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Andrew G. Smith
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California Estate Planning Attorney

Georgetown UniversityVirginia, DC, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California and Federal Circuit
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Alexandra Laboutin Bannon
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(626) 731-1185 1036 Linda Glen Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
Estate Planning and Probate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Scott Howard Linden
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(626) 578-0708 201 S Lake Ave., Suite 702
Pasadena, CA 91101
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
California Western School of Law
Paul Yee
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South Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(626) 799-4900 1401 Mission St
Suite C1
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Estate Planning and Business
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Leo L Young
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Lawyer
(626) 415-8536 224 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Estate Planning
Thomas Chung
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Pasadena, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(626) 689-2551 556 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Suite 101-203
Pasadena, CA 91105
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Consumer and Employment
Univ of Iowa COL
Mark Allen Witte
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West Covina, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(626) 379-9985 P.O. Box 688
West Covina, CA 91793
Estate Planning
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Marivel Zialcita
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Claremont, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(909) 256-6702 341 W. 1st St.
Suite 100
Claremont, CA 91711
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
California Western School of Law
MARIVEL M. ZIALCITA is the founder of MMZ LAW, A Professional Corporation, where she practices in the areas of Trust and Estate, Elder Law, VA Benefits, Special Needs, Conservatorship, Trust Administration and Probate. Ms. Zialcita is a frequent speaker on trust and estate matters and holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate Section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel. She currently assists in the pro bono legal services program at the James L. Brulte Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ms. Zialcita received her B.A. degree from the University of California,...
Hossein Farzam Berenji
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(213) 985-3007 550 S. Hill Street STE 1467
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Loyola Law School
Hossein Berenji, owner and found of Berenji & Associates, provides exceptional representation to anyone in need of family law attorney. Mr. Berenji's practice handles all family law matters including divorce, child support and custody, spousal support, and can assist in preparation of your pre or post nuptials.
David A. Shapiro
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(310) 853-1554 5757 Wilshire Blvd
Penthouse 3
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Attorney David A. Shapiro is an estate planning and probate lawyer based in Los Angeles, CA. With more than a decade of experience handling trust administration, trust litigation, and cases of financial elder abuse, this is an attorney you can trust to resolve your legal matter as efficiently as possible. As a boutique law firm, we are proud of our ability to provide the personalized attention and dedicated legal guidance our clients deserve. Visit our website today to submit a free case evaluation!
Mr. Cloyd E. Havens II
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Glendora, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(626) 335-6884 333 W. Foothill Blvd.
Glendora, CA 91741
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
Specializing in probate, estate planning and small business law for more than 15 years. Was a small business owner and financial planner before becoming an attorney. Currently also a professor of business law and human resources at Azusa Pacific University. Earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands Magna Cum Laude and his Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Taxation Cum Laude from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA.
Blake A. Rummel
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience

Southwestern University School of Law and University of California - Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Supreme Court
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Jessica G. Babrick
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California Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
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Jeremy Scott Hyndman
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(800) 487-4660 Union Bank Plaza
445 S. Figueroa St., Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
Emory University School of Law
My practice focuses on estate planning and helping investors recover losses caused by unethical or incompetent financial advisers. I am the managing attorney at Basalt Legal PLLC, a law firm nestled in Washington wine country but serving clients throughout Washington State and California.
Shelley Rios
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Burbank, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(818) 641-1692 4405 W. Riverside Drive
#201
Burbank, CA 91505
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Loyola University New Orleans
Shelley Rizzotti is an attorney in Burbank, devoted to the practice of real estate, probate, and estate planning. She is a member of numerous associations including the California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and the National Association of Realtors®. With nearly 15 years of experience in real estate and an extensive understanding of estate planning and probate administration, Ms. Rizzotti has the resources necessary to take on even the most complex cases. To find out about working with Attorney Rizzotti, do not hesitate to contact her firm, Shelley Rizzotti, Attorney...
Stephen Marc Drucker
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Glendale, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(800) 435-7444 417 North Glendale Avenue #A
Glendale, CA 91206
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Western State Univ
Attorney Drucker has been practicing law for over 35 years! He has developed a unique and revolutionary Flat Fee model for Divorce and Family Law. Clients can purchase services on his website www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com or can speak with him by phone or in our Glendale office. Attorney Drucker also handles Probate and Estate Planning documents such as Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney.
William L Huestis
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(888) 815-3546 3435 Wilshire Blvd., #1100
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Joseph McHugh
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Burbank, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(818) 241-4238 3100 W Burbank Blvd
Suite 201
Burbank, CA 91505
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Health Care and Probate
Whittier Law School
Joseph McHugh is the of the Southern California based LA LAW CENTER, PC, an Elder Law and Estate Planning law firm specializing in Asset Protection; Estate Planning; Wills, Trusts, Probate, including the establishment of Private Foundations and Charitable Planning. Joe has an undergraduate degree from California State University at Fullerton in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting. Joe is an active member of the State Bar of California, as well as the Bar's Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and the...
Peter L. Lago
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Downey, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(562) 861-1810 8350 E. Florence Ave., #200
Downey, CA 90240
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Insurance Claims
Whittier Law School
Richard Joseph Rosiak
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Downey, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(562) 622-6000 8137 3rd Street
2nd Floor
Downey, CA 90241
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Western State University College of Law
Mr. Rosiak will work with you to get the best result possible. The staff speaks Spanish and Polish. Night and weekend appointments are available. He is truly your "24 Hour-7 Days A Week" attorney. Our offices are centrally located in Downey near all major freeways 5, 710, 605, 105, 91. You are just minutes away, and we are very flexible with the dates and times to accommodate you.
David Baum
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Los Angeles, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(818) 501-8355 16255 Ventura Blvd
Suite 704
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Estate Planning and Family
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
My name is David Baum, and I am the managing attorney with the Law Offices of David H. Baum, APLC. I have managed my Law Firm for more than thirty one years. We offer the finest quality adoption legal services for birth mothers, birth fathers and adoptive parents. Currently in the United States, adoption laws are experiencing substantial revisions. In California especially, legislature and state courts continue to change and ratify child adoption laws. Every decision made by the legislative and judicial party affects everyone involved in the adoption process, including birth parents, adoptive families, adoption agencies, and adoption law firms....
Sona A. Tatiyants
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Glendale, CA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(818) 956-9200 616 E. Glenoaks Blvd.
#203
Glendale, CA 91207
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Southwestern Law School
Sona A. Tatiyants, Esq., LL.M., is the founding principal of Tatiyants Law, P.C. She specializes in estate planning, business transactions, trust administration and probate.
Rajesh Wadhwani
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Sherman Oaks, CA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(818) 839-2487 15233 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1000
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Tax
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Raj Wadhwani is a Southern California bankruptcy lawyer and a founding shareholder at the firm Wadhwani & Shanfeld. Attorney Wadhwani has more than 17 years of experience practicing as an attorney. He has a Bankruptcy Board Certification from the American Board of Certification, and he is also a licensed real estate broker. Mr. Wadhwani received his J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law. Get in touch with his firm for a no-cost case evaluation.
Christina Cacchio
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Christina represents clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration and charitable planning. She provides tax-savings strategies to high-net-worth individuals.
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Alice A Salvo
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Woodland Hills, CA Estate Planning - Superior Credentials

Alice A. Salvo in Woodland Hills, California, offers quality representation in estate planning, trust, probate, elder law and conservatorship cases. Our firm is dedicated to helping elders and families... Read More »
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