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Oceanside Estate Attorneys

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
May R.
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From the initial phone call and in-person consult, John had a very calm, nonjudgmental demeanor. I talked to a few other attorneys prior to deciding to work with John. Bankruptcy is a difficult, embarrassing, and sometimes confusing process. As a single practitioner and small business owner, John gives his clients the personalized attention that I think is needed for bankruptcy. He was readily available via phone, email, and even in-person meetings to explain the process and set expectations, answer any questions, and alleviate our concerns. He even helped with slightly unrelated financial/legal issues (tenant/landlord issues, rental security deposit questions, etc.) Other larger bankruptcy firms seemed to not care so much about the individuals they were serving and often advertised the bigger, well-known attorneys to reel clients in but actually had less experienced attorneys or even paralegals/interns do the majority of work on their cases. Some firms don't even have an attorney attend the bankruptcy hearing with you, which I would imagine to be nerve-wracking for the client. You want to make sure the paperwork is completed and filed correctly, you are well-prepared for your hearing, and that the process runs seamlessly, so you can have a quicker path to a fresh financial start. I would not have felt as confident about the outcome if I were to go through this process alone or have a junior level attorney or intern work on my case. John was great to work with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone considering making such a tough decision. It is a very impactful decision, so while there are bankruptcy attorneys available for a fraction of the cost, I think it is worth the larger investment to have a caring, accessible, and experienced attorney like John on your side to ensure a higher chance of having a positive outcome and seamless process to restarting your financial future. We began the process in December, attended our hearing in January, and received notification of our discharge in March. We are already working to rebuild our credit, which John also provided advice on how to best go about the post-bankruptcy rebuild. Thank you, John!

Clavel Law, APLC
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Dain C.
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I used Clavel Law for Family Law and Estate Planning and couldn’t be happier with my experience. Robert is professional, punctual and personable. I would definitely recommend Clavel Law to family and friends.

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WE LEGAL A.P. C
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I spoke with several attorneys as well as viewing information online. I feel that I have made the right decision in choosing WE LEGAL A.P.C..

Benari & Nguyen, LLP
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marti G.
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I consulted with Chris on my case and although I went with another attorney, Chris was very responsive and professional when we spoke on the phone. He listened to my concerns and followed up after our initial consultation. I called dozens of law firms all pushing for bankruptcy, which was not the way I wanted to go with my case. Chris was one of only two attorneys I spoke with who offered to look at the paperwork and review my options. I'm glad there are still good attorneys out there willing to fight for consumers. Thank you, Chris!

Spaulding Legal, APC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joe C.
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I can't thank Shawn and Spaulding Legal enough. His advice and council was extremely helpful and has helped me make sure my family is taken care of. He is a lawyer I can trust. When is the last time you could honestly tell someone that. Well it is the facts with Shawn and Spaulding legal. If you have tax issues or need help with your estate planning then Spaulding Law is the law office for you! Thanks Shaun

Khashayar Law Group
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ian G.
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Sharp and passionate. Never greedy, and always stands up for what's right. Very hands-on and thorough. Always made me feel protected. Very well connected in the industry as well and connections with other attorneys in case of need are superb.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lidia C.
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Joan was a true professional in handling my divorce/ family law case. The process itself was extremely overwhelming and emotional, but having the best attorney in my corner gave me the confidence that I would get everything my son and I deserved. Joan always kept me well informed on issues and /or progress of my case. Whenever I had a question or concern, it was always addressed in a timely and thorough manner. She took the stress out of an extremely stressful situation, and I cannot thank her enough. I highly recommend Joan for any divorce/ family law case. She will work endlessly on your behalf, and it feels great to have her on your side. Thanks to Joan , "LIFE IS GOOD" again. LC

HMA Law Group
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mario M.
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Harry at the HMA law Group represented me in a 24-month long divorce case involving real estate property and personal retirement funds. From beginning to end, Harry was able to successfully represent me throughout the complete process. Through his excellent work, knowledge and preparation, he was able to win my case and get the property and retirement funds awarded to me. I appreciate all the work he put into my case along this long and at times frustrating ordeal. I found Harry to be a of very high ethics, very knowledgeable and an excellent attorney. I am completely satisfied with all his service, and would not hesitate to recommend him, or call on him in the future if I am ever in need of legal services.

Men's Legal Center
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie D.
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Divorce is very scary for anyone, and I knew I needed representation in court. I found the right attorney at the Men's Legal Center after a friend recommended their services. They understood and worked with me, even though my cases was started before I hired them. Although I am a women they took care of me and my family’s needs by helping us resolve a divorce. Men’s Legal Center was fair and reasonably and I would recommend them to anyone!

Hills Law Group
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
John S.
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Mr. Hills is extremely professional, courteous, and skilled. These qualities allow him to be very effective in his work, and I will certainly be requesting his services again in the future in address the changing dynamics of our estate plan.

  • 3 years in business
Natalie P.
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Alyssa helped me not only with my life insurance for myself, husband, and three 3 kids, but went over estate planning with me as well. I loved that it was online, because it allowed me to take my time with my husband to really plan out what we wanted our will and trust to cover. She makes everything super easy!

Brown & Charbonneau, LLP
5.0
from 1 review
  • 16 years in business
Slade S.
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Brown & Charbonneau has represented us over the last half decade. There isn't a better law firm in orange County as far as we are concerned.

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Timothy P.
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Stephen was a pleasure to work with, he did what he said he would do from the beginning. he shows a lot of integrity in his work and was very knowledgeable about the laws in regards to my case. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a good lawyer for bankruptcy.

Estate Planning Attorney
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dennis R.
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Quick call back and I made plans to use her service.

  • 6 years in business
Benjamin W.
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Mark is a FANTASTIC attorney. I can't think of one single bad thing to say about him. Absolutely top-notch!

Krystal J.
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Promptly return returned my phone calls and emails. Very fair price for the amount of debt that was discharged.

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Our firm is specialized to provide you time-tested wealth preservation strategies. Our process is designed to make it easy for you. In working with us, you will feel comfortable and secure knowing that your family treasure is insulated from elements that destroy your hard-earned effort. We will arm you with every tool necessary to secure your family's future for many generations. When you have a well-coordinated estate transfer strategy in place, you will make sure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is implemented in the way you've wanted. You can rest assured that your family won't have to suffer the costly matter and the public process of probate. The government won't be able to get what you've spent a lifetime establishing. But you must be aware of the many alternatives that exist in estate planning, and you must select your attorney wisely. This is why Legacy, APC offers this wealth of free seminars and free information. Take a look at our estate planning articles, and if you're in the vicinity, join us at an estate planning seminar. We want you to feel assured about the decisions you make; allow us to be your guide on the road toward preserving your family's future.

About

I'm an Orange County attorney with 35 years of experience. I work in the area of DUI including DMV and court hearings for criminal defense, from arraignment to trial. The government will work their hardest to convict all defendants, and you need an attorney who knows how to protect your rights and defend you against government persecution. For writs of mandate for PC 290, please contact the office for questions regarding this limited writ. I also work on personal injury. From the moment you are injured, the insurance company initiates their campaign against you. Even your own insurance company becomes your enemy. The Adjuster's main job is to keep the injured party from contacting an attorney. The sooner you retain an attorney, the sooner your rights can be protected and enforced. I also offer estate planning. Protect your assets and avoid probate court.

About

Kimberly Lessing is an attorney dedicated to providing customized legal solutions to individuals, families, and businesses. Her practice areas include Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Probate, and Business Law. Ms. Lessing works with clients and their financial team to “plan, provide, and protect” their estates, businesses, and most importantly, the ones they love.

About

Bankruptcy and Estate Planning Attorneys in Orange County Olenicoff & Zinser PC’s mission is to bring a more caring approach to an often daunting process. Their goal is to be a trusted resource for their clients by getting to know them and ultimately providing the best counsel for their client’s particular situation. Ultimately, their clients should be in a better, more secure place after working with Olenicoff & Zinser, PC.

About

I charge reasonable rates, respond quick, and am committed to producing the best work product, whether it is a contract, a LLC/corporate operating agreement/bylaws, or an employment or independent contractor agreement.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

  • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
  • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
  • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
  • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
  • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
  • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
  • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  

What does a real estate lawyer do?

A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

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