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Samuel Bruce Ledwitz

Samuel Bruce Ledwitz

Practice areas:

Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Litigation

About Me

As the son of two military officers, Samuel B. Ledwitz learned organization, pride, discipline and a desire to help others at a very young age. After living in England, Germany and Washington State until the age of 8, Mr. Ledwitz grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor's degree in finance, real estate and law.


Mr. Ledwitz attended Pepperdine University School of Law with an emphasis in estate and income tax. Mr. Ledwitz served as a judicial extern in the Superior Court of Los Angeles.


It was through this experience that Mr. Ledwitz was able to see the legal hardships that families endure when loved ones passed away. This inspired him to find ways to avoid these situations and then teach others how to avoid them.


Once graduating with a law degree from Pepperdine, Mr. Ledwitz attended the University of Miami School of Law, earning his master of law in estate planning. Enabled with his post-doctorate degree, Mr. Ledwitz returned to the Golden State and started helping families throughout the many communities of Southern California.


In 2000, Mr. Ledwitz joined one of the largest estate planning firms in Southern California, where he helped more than 1,000 clients provide for a responsible transition of wealth from one generation to the next.


Mr. Ledwitz was also in charge of advising high net worth individuals regarding sophisticated tax strategies designed to provide the best tax results for their loved ones.


Samuel B. Ledwitz merged the Ledwitz Law Firm with Bezaire and Associates, and created the new entity Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp. Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp is building on a foundation of executing and handling trusts and estates for more than 40 years.


In addition to practicing Law, Mr. Ledwitz has always had a passion for helping others by teaching. While at Pepperdine, he served as the student director of the South Central Los Angeles Youth Development Project, where he coordinated its entire tutoring program.


Mr. Ledwitz also taught history and English night school classes to academically challenged students for a local school district.


His passion for teaching is directly related to his passion for the law. While teaching disadvantaged youth, Mr. Ledwitz became interested in various charities that help children. This motivated him to learn about estate planning techniques that would not just help the client, but also the community as a whole.
Mr. Ledwitz currently teaches estate planning and administration to paralegals at Cerritos College.


Married to Kamila in 2003, they are now the proud parents of Emily, who was born in 2006, and Charles, who was born in 2008.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Probate: 35%
    13 years, 200 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    17 years, 4 thousand cases
  3. Trusts: 25%
    17 years, 4 thousand cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    7 years, 50 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Thomas Henri Vidal

    Samuel and I were classmates in law school, and I endorse him without qualification. I have tremendous respect for his responsiveness, his efficient office procedures, and his professionalism. Samuel has a great sense for how to protect his clients and develops effective strategies for achieving their objectives. He really does care about his clients and puts their needs first. What impresses me most, though, is his tenacious, "leave no stone unturned" approach to practicing law.

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    Thomas Vidal Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephen Radcliff Uriarte

    Over the twelve years that I have known Sam Ledwitz, Sam has been prompt in providing well researched answers in his area of expertise. He shows much passion for his profession, and this passion seems to fuel his energy and focus in maintaining a practice that is responsive to to his clients needs. Also, he has been helpful in finding highly specialized tax attorneys in his network on the occasions when my clients required these specific referrals.

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    Stephen Uriarte Patent Application Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC

970 West 190th Street
Suite 275
Torrance, CA, 90502-1045

Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC

111 West Ocean Boulevard,
Suite 473
Long Beach, CA, 90806

Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC.

482 N. Rosemead Blvd.
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA, 91107

Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC

10940 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA, 90024-3940

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200905/24/2015
CAActive199805/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager AwardCrescendo Business Service2013
2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager AwardCrescendo Business Services2012
2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager AwardCrescendo Business Services2011
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate LawCalifornia State Bar2010
American Jurisprudence Award: RemediesPepperdine University School of Law1998
Moot Court Board MemberPepperdine University School of Law1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorCerritos College2013 - Present
PresidentBezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC2007 - Present
PresidentLaw Offices of Samuel B. Ledwitz2006 - 2007
Senior AssociateKavesh, Minor & Otis2000 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Board of DirectorsDoris Alvard Academy2011 - 2013
South Bay Bar Association (LA)Member2011 - Present
Pasadena Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Long Beach Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2011 - 2012
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2011 - 2013
Society of Estate and Trust PractitionersMember2011 - 2013
Long Beach Trust and Estate CouncilMember2011 - Present
Los Angeles Trust and Estate CouncilMember2011 - 2013
South Bay Estate and Trust CouncilMember2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2009 - Present
United Sates Court of Federal ClaimsN/A2008 - Present
United States Tax CourtN/A2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaN/A2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaN/A2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/A2008 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/A2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1998 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaN/A1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Conservatorship CasePositive
M.A. EstatePositive
Estate LitigationSummary Judgment Motion was granted in our favor. Judge determined that we were "logical" and the opposition was "illogical".

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Business WeekEstate Litigation2014
Fontana Herald NewsLiving Trust Needs To Be Up To Date2014
Private Wealth MagazineSecond Thoughts2013
Private Wealth MagazineThe Burden of Wealth2013
Newsweek MagazineNFL Player and Estate Attorney Help Children2013
Pasadena Independent NewspaperCalifornia Closing Courts2013
Newsweek MagazineWealth Manager2011
Word Press.comWhat you should know about HIPAA2011
Hollywood WeeklyDelivering on a Promise2008
Daily BreezePlanning for Life and Death2008
Buena Park/Anaheim Independent Newspaper'HIPAA Waiver' needed if you're incapacitated2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawEstate PlanningLL.M - Master of Laws2000
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
California Polytechnic UniversityFinance, Real Estate & LawBS - Bachelor of Science1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Updates in Estate PlanningEliminating the Mandatory "B" Trust--Saving Time and Money2013
Monthly MeetingPet Trusts: You, Your Bird, and Forever After2013
Estate Planning for ProfessionalsIRA and Life Insurance Estate Planning2013
Year End MeetingThe History of Estate Tax2012
South Bay Trust and Estate Council Focus SessionPet Trusts and QPRTs2012
Estate Planning and YouEstate Planning2012
Coldwell Bankers Broker Meeting (Palos Verdes)Real Estate Issues in Probate2012
Century 21 Broker's Meeting1031 Exchanges and Real Estate Sales During Probate2012
Tom Gau's Monthly SeminarEstate Tax Laws for 20112011
Pinnacle Wealth Monthly MeetingChanges in the Estate Tax Laws2011
Focus on the Youth of Rosemead, CAEstate Planning2011
Year End MeetingEstate Tax Laws2007