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 am a UCLA graduate with a BA in Econcomics. I received my law degree from... more
I am a UCLA graduate with a BA in Econcomics. I received my law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles in 1976, and I was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1976. I opened my practice in El Cajon in July 1977. My community interests include coaching soccer and little league for my children, officiating those sports as a volunteer, past memeber of the East County ... view profile
Click to edit summaryElizabeth ("Liz") Smith-Chavez is a litigation and trial... more
Click to edit summaryElizabeth ("Liz") Smith-Chavez is a litigation and trial attorney, focusing her practice on the efficient and economic resolution of business and real property/construction disputes. Her expertise extends to probate and estate litigation. She handles oil and gas disputes throughout California and the Western United States.
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.