A responsive southern California estates and elder law attorney assisting in legalities of aging and life

I believe every client should be cared for and respected. Whether you are making a valid estate plan to protect your family and assets, carrying out a deceased loved one’s wishes in probate, buying or selling a home, or forming a new business, your interests are my top priority. Together, we determine your best course of action, whether it is planning, negotiation or litigation.

I protect your rights and interests in the following legal matters:

Estate planning ― I advise that you have a valid estate plan to protect your legacy — assets, family, loved ones and partners. I can draft documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done everything to protect those you love. I offer a free ½-hour initial consultation to get you started.

Estate litigation ― If you encounter any disputes on estate or probate issues, I can represent you.

Real estate ― I assist on all matters regarding real property, including sales, property management, leases and financing.

Trusts ― A living trust is one way to eliminate large probate costs or the months it takes to probate a will. If you want a trust or need to update one, I can assist you.

Pet Trusts — Pet trusts help you protect your pets if you cannot do it yourself.

Wills and probate ― I can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored upon your death. A will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property to your family, domestic partner, friend or charity, and establishes care for your children or pets. Without a will, the court determines everything. I provide probate administrative services to help executors fulfill their responsibilities to their loved ones’ estates by complying with the law and fulfilling the wishes of the deceased. I help you resolve all outstanding estate matters as quickly as possible.

Elder law ― I work with you so that you can accomplish your legal, financial and healthcare goals in a way that gives you peace of mind. I can help you plan before an accident, disability, illness or death occurs. This way, your assets can be protected and you can arrange for the care you deserve. However, even if care has started before things have been arranged, I can still help you protect what you have.

Elder abuse ― Seniors are sometimes targeted by unscrupulous fraudsters and abusive caretakers. If you are the victim of a financial scam, nursing-home negligence or domestic violence, I can help by pursuing all available legal means to safeguard your well-being and dignity.

Guardianship and conservatorship ― It is important to protect individuals’ personal and financial well-being if they are not able to protect themselves.  If you need to appoint a guardian to manage the affairs of a minor or a conservator to protect the personal and financial affairs of an incapacitated adult, I can help.

Long-term care ― I urge clients to plan for long-term care before it’s needed. This way you can pass your property and assets to your children or grandchildren so that you can meet the financial requirements and be eligible for Medi-cal (Medicaid assistance), or set money aside for your care.

Medi-cal (Medicaid) ― I can guide you through the Medi-cal eligibility process. If you are appealing any Medi-cal (Medicaid) decision, I can assist you.

Nursing home litigation ― I can represent you or your loved one’s interests if you have suffered any sort of neglect or abuse in a nursing home

Business law ― I provide sound counsel on the many issues that arise when forming a business, merging or selling a business, making necessary changes during the life of a business, and drafting all the necessary contracts and documents. I believe problems can be prevented if strong contracts are drafted at the beginning to safeguard your interests.

Civil litigation ― I can represent you in court regarding the matters above when you have a dispute.

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For sound legal advice and experienced representation, call Joseph E. Deering at 866.214.7267 or contact my firm online to schedule a consultation.

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Our Offices

  • Santa Monica Office


    2221 23rd Street
    Santa Monica, California 90405, US



  • Pasadena Office


    215 North Marengo Ave.
    Suite 160
    Pasadena, California 91101, US