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  • 3 years in business
  • 106 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
from 34 reviews
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Teri Z.
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I highly recommend using Clavel Law. He was professional, knowledgeable, and completed our work in a timely manner. He will treat you like he cares and not like you're just another number. I was impressed at the way he helped us understand what would be best for our family. He is a person of integrity and easy to work with. If you're even thinking about using his services just call and you will see for yourself what it's like to work with an attorney who puts your needs first. Thank you Clavel Law!

  • 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

San Diego Tax Law Group
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Agnes F.
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After a very complicated divorce my troubles were far from over. I was shocked to find out that due to my ex-husband's intentional tax misfiling, we had accrued a huge IRS debt. I was lucky to have been referred to Tax Attorney Goeriz by a friend, who has been in the same situation before and used her legal services. Attorney Goeriz applied her expertise in tax law, her knowledge of accounting and my unique legal circumstances to secure an Innocent Spouse Tax Relief. Today I am relieved from this unfair debt burden because of attorney's ability to take advantage of all exceptions applicable to my legal process. Moreover, throughout the process, she was very professional, responsive and resourceful. I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is dealing with tax laws and issues.

Theresa M.
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As a paralegal and notary, I have worked for a wide range of attorneys over the past 35 years. As a paralegal, I have a great respect for Rodney's vast array of experience, legal expertise, professionalism and compassion. I have accompanied Rodney as a notary public to in-home document signings for his clients, and have been continuously impressed with his organization, thoroughness and the exceptional service he provides his clients. If you need an attorney, I highly recommend Rodney Solenberger. You will be extremely pleased with the knowledge and service you are given!

  • 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!

  • 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.

San Diego Biz Law APC
from 1 review
  • 30 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ron G.
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I recently had a problem with a business deal and was not able to settle it it on my own. I didn't want to engage in litigation knowing that the costs of retaining a lawyer and going to court is not only expensive but doesn't guarantee you will win. Since i moved here from Los Angeles a few years ago I didn't know many lawyers but a good friend recommend that I meet Steven RIZNYK from San Diego biz law. My meeting with Steven was excellent. He understood my problems and assured me that all that was needed was good negotiations. He met with the attorney from the other company and was able to work out a settlement in my favor. Steven is a true professional and his service charge were very fair. I recommend him and his company to anyone in need of a lawyer who also knows business and speaks for you.

Lea M.
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I never liked dealing with lawyers...maybe because I had a bed luck to deal with some unethical ones in the past...but working with Anna Maydanik truly changed my attitude and opinion. Anna is a knowledgeable professional, who is friendly and understanding. In contact with her, you can feel that she cares and that your interest is her first priority. She is prompt and punctual and she understands financial limitations of her clients...meaning that she charges very reasonable rates. I can warmly recommend Anna for any kind of service and I will definitely use her in the future if the need arises.

Heffel Law Firm
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Darren D.
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Nicole Heffel is an amazing attorney that has no problem fighting for her clients. She is dedicated to the work and she believes in the cases that she chooses. I personally have only had one lawyer and i can honestly say that Nicole Heffel is the only lawyer that i will be using in the future. She is extremely knowledgeable and has always been able to answer any of my legal questions that i have for her. I recommend Ms. Nicole Heffel to any one who is seeking legal counsel


We provide quality legal services at affordable prices. Our comprehensive estate plans are provided for flat fee and never at an expensive hourly rate. Your estate plan is fully customized to meet your needs. Plus, we travel to you. Meet your attorney in person at your home or at our offices. It's your choice. We will never charge you for travel. We know you want to trust the lawyer you work with, so we strive to make you comfortable in your decision. Testimonial: "I highly recommend Ben Weston if you want the least amount of stress with whatever your attorney needs are."


I am an attorney at law, offering legal services. I have a general law practice, with emphases on estate planning and personal injury. We care about our clients!


I usually charge a flat fee for trusts, wills and all other estate planning documents. A standard trust and will is $600. I am a passionate estate planning attorney, who has firsthand experience as to the importance of a trust and will. My main focus has been helping people find a proactive solutions to their situations. As your attorney, my goal is to create the best protection and safety net for your family and assets that a legal document can provide. Additionally, I can provide support through legal review of documents, provide tax resolution and create contracts for those in need. I am a solo practitioner, so my clients deal directly with me. I provide my clients with my cellphone number, so that they are able to contact me at anytime. I do not wait until normal business hours to return my clients' messages or answer the phone. If I am able, I answer the phone or call them back as soon as I am able. There are times when I will not be able to return a call immediately, but I will call back as soon as possible. I have worked at a firm where my paralegal was the only one who talked to the client. I thought that the clients deserved better service and decided that I would not let that happen in my own practice. I believe my strengths are my ability to explain complicated issues in everyday language, my flexibility, the fact that I am personable, my willingness compassion, my family, and my balanced approach to life.


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.


Located in the Banker's Hill area, near downtown San Diego, California, The Law Offices of Alejandra Rodriguez is centrally located to service clients throughout San Diego County and Southern California. Estate planning attorney Alejandra Rodriguez offers personalized care to all of her clients. A complimentary initial thirty-minute consultation is offered to all prospective clients. Ms. Rodriguez is available to meet with clients in the evening and on weekends. In addition, Ms. Rodriguez is also available for home visits upon request. Ms. Rodriguez' services include wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills or advance health care directives, QDOTS, joint trusts for registered domestic partners, special needs trusts, trust administration and probate. Ms. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish. If you would like to schedule your free legal consultation to learn more about California estate planning law, and how it affects you and your family, please call to schedule an appointment.


The San Diego probate attorneys of The Grossman Law Firm have over 19 years of experience handling probate litigation, trust litigation, trust administration and will contest cases in Riverside, Temecula, San Diego and around Southern California. The San Diego trust lawyers are dedicated to protecting families in matters of estate planning and can help protect your wealth and your heirs.


Steven Sayler is a real estate attorney, real estate lawyer, commercial real estate attorney, estate planner, business law attorney, corporate lawyer, and construction litigation attorney at your service.


We do all aspects of estate planning and estate litigation, including the following: * trusts * wills * powers of attorney * trust and will contests * beneficiary disputes * representation of trustees * executors and medical planning


I offer competitive fees and take a hands on approach to my services. You will always be able to speak to me personally on the phone rather than a paralegal or assistant. I love being able to do something positive for all my clients. I am the type of attorney who can legitimately say all my clients are in a better position after seeing me than they were before.


Welcome to San Diego Criminal Attorney. Vincent Ross, the supervising trial attorney of San Diego Criminal Attorney Law Firm (SDCA), boasts unparalleled experience in the area on criminal defense law. Mr. Ross has practiced law for over 29 years. More importantly, Mr. Ross practices solely criminal defense litigation. San Diego Criminal Defense Law Firm, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Criminal Attorney

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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 should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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