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Certified Specialist -

Daryl is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law (as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization).  A certified specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of the law.

A certified specialist must have passed a written examination, demonstrated a high level of experience, fulfilled ongoing education requirements, and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys familiar with his work.

The State Bar of California certifies specialists to help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law and to encourage attorney proficiency in those fields.

Other Information About Daryl -

Daryl has practiced law in California since 1978 both as a sole practictioner and as a member of some of Southern California’s leading law firms.  He has received the highest peer rating (AV®) in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.

Daryl is a past Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts Section.  He has also served as Chairman of the Probate Section for the San Bernardino County Bar Association.

In 1975 Daryl graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University (“BYU”) with a B.A. in economics.  He then pursued his legal education at J. Reuben Clark Law School (“JRC”) at BYU where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978 and was designated a “J. Reuben Clark Scholar” upon graduation.  He also received the JRC Faculty award for “High Standards of Preparation and Performance in the Classroom.” 

Daryl is the author of California Estate Planning (A Layman’s Guide).  He has lectured on estate planning topics for California Continuing Education of the Bar and for attorney bar associations and community groups.

Redlands, California has been the home of Daryl’s private law practice for the past 15 years.  His office is located in a lovely, family-owned Victorian house in downtown Redlands.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Daryl has provided a lifetime of service.  He and his wife, Vallorie, have five children and nine grandchildren.  They believe that strong families are the foundation of a healthy society.


Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas


  1. Trusts: 48%
    37 years
  2. Estate Planning: 47%
    37 years
  3. Life Insurance: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Esther Chen Wang

    I have worked with this lawyer and I trust and endorse him.


    Esther Wang Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard Bennett Bracken

    I fully endorse Daryl Carlson. I have known Daryl for several years now and have the utmost respect for him. I refer every client with a will or trust related matter to his office.


    Richard Bracken Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawThe State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization1993
J. Reuben Clark ScholarJ. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU)1978
"High Standards of Preparation and Performance in the Classroom"J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU)1978
Magna Cum LaudeJ. Reuben Clark Law School1978
American Jurisprudence 2d Award, Commercial Law IThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company1977
Dean's List of the College of Social SciencesBrigham Young University1975
Distinguished Student Award Nominee - Economics DepartmentBrigham Young University1975
Distinguished Air Force ROTC CadetAir Force ROTC1975
Summa Cum LaudeBrigham Young University1975
Vice-Commandant's AwardAir Force ROTC1974
AFROTC ScholarshipAir Force ROTC - BYU1974
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner - AttorneyLaw Office of Daryl H. Carlson1995 - 2010
PartnerGresham, Varner, Savage, Nolan & Tilden1995 - 1995
AttorneyGray, Cary, Ames & Frye1987 - 1987
Of CounselStradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth1984 - 1985
Shareholder - AttorneyStradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth1983 - 1984
Associate AttorneyStradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth1981 - 1983
PartnerKettley & Carlson1980 - 1981
Associate AttorneyRutan & Tucker1978 - 1979
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rotary Club of RedlandsMember2008 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate SectionChairman1998 - 1998
Estate Planning Council of San Bernardino CountyDirector1997 - 2001
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionOfficer1994 - Present
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsBishop1993 - 1998
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsStake President1992 - 2010
Orange County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts SectionChairman1992 - 1992
Orange County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts SectionVice-Chair1991 - 1991
Orange County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts SectionSecretary1990 - 1990
United States Tax CourtMember1983 - Present
Phi Kappa Phi Honor SocietyMember1980 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1979 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsMissionary to France1970 - 1972
Publication NameTitleDate
Orange COunty Chapter of the American Society of CLU ChFCGroup Term LIfe Insurance and the Life Insurance Trust1990
Daryl H. Carlson, Attorney at LawCallifornia Estate Planning: A Layman's Guide1986
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Brigham Young UniversityEconomicsUndergraduate - BA1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
San Bernardino County Estate Planning, Trust & Probate SectionDisclaimers1998
Cal State University, San BernardinoFinancial & Estate Planning in Today's Economic Environment1993
Rockwell - Retiring on Your TermsEstate Planning1992
Orange County Estate Planning CouncilGarn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982 and the Revocable Trust1992
Long Beach Estate Planning/Probate Section SeminarPractice Tips in Drafting Revocable Living Trusts1992
Continuing Learning ExperienceCalifornia Estate Planning1992
Orange County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust SectionPractice Tips in Drafting Revocable Living Trusts1991
Imperial Valley Business ForumEstate Planning Overview1987
California Continuing Education of the BarPlanning the Small Estate1984