I grew up in San Diego and I've lived here almost all my life. I love working near... more
I grew up in San Diego and I've lived here almost all my life. I love working near the beach and I love helping my clients through a rough time in their lives. There is a reason that lawyers are also called counselor and this area of law is one of those reasons.
I have been successfully serving the needs of the individuals and businesses of San... more
I have been successfully serving the needs of the individuals and businesses of San Diego County since 1986. I received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I am also the former Division Counsel and Ethics Director for General Dynamics. I have extensive court an... view profile
Christopher Albence is the founding member and managing partner of the firm of... more
Christopher Albence is the founding member and managing partner of the firm of Albence Associates, APC, established in 1994. Mr. Albence's practice concentrates on wills, trusts, probate, elder law, and advocacy for senior citizen's legal rights. He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Albence's first legal position was as an associate a... view profile
D. Robert Dieringer is an attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center. He is a... more
D. Robert Dieringer is an attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and received his BA from Colgate University, cum laude. Robert's professional memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Legal Information Network of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), the Life Care Plan... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.