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Alexandra Schirmer Smyser

Alexandra Schirmer Smyser

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law, Business

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About Me

Ali received her undergraduate degree in Film Studies from theUniversityofCalifornia,Irvine.  She worked in the entertainment industry for ten years before changing career paths and attending law school.  Alexandra graduated magna cum laude fromSouthwesternLawSchoolin May 2008.  While at Southwestern she received the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Award [highest grade in class] in several courses, including Estate and Gift Tax, Property, Civil Procedure and Legal Research and Writing.  During law school, Alexandra interned for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court.


After having lost both of her parents, Alexandra enrolled at Southwestern intending to pursue a career as an estate planning attorney.  Alexandra saw that a well-prepared estate plan does not soften the blow of losing a loved one, but it can alleviate much of the stress felt by grieving families.


As the mother of young children, she felt the satisfaction of knowing that her children will be taken care of as a result of her own estate planning and is passionate about helping others plan for their family’s future.  Alexandra also has recently had to personally navigate the treacherous terrain of long-term elder care for one of her aging relatives.  Ali is a sought after speaker in the local community to educate groups of the importance of proper estate planning.


Ali is an active member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).


Ali grew up inGlendaleand is active with numerous community organizations, including, Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council, Verdugo Hills Hospital Planned Giving Committee,SalemLutheranChurchand Salem Lutheran School Parent-Teacher Organization, and National Charity League.  Ali lives in Pasadena with her family.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Estate Planning: 45%
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Elder Law: 20%
  4. Business: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Brooks Paley

    Ali is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney, who also demonstrates great compassion for the real-life problems of her clients. She and I have consulted with each another on several matters; and I highly endorse this lawyer.

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    Brooks Paley Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sona Ashchian Tatiyants

    Alexandra is an excellent attorney and counselor who demonstrates great skill and passion for her work and dedication to her clients. I highly endorse this lawyer.

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    Sona Tatiyants Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

300 W Glenoaks Blvd Ste 300
Glendale, CA, 91202

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200805/25/2015

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