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Estate Planning, Trust and Probate




I'm a native Californian, and I became an attorney in 1998 after a career in public service and information technology.   I also spent my "non-working" hours as an actor throughout northern California and Nevada.  I began working in estate planning a few years into my career. 


I have lived in Los Angeles since 2005, where I have had the privilege of working with attorneys in taxation, wealth management, trust and estate planning and probate.


I provide personalized estate plans of enduring quality at an affordable price.  If you're reading this, whether you've thought about it or not, it's more than likely that you need an estate plan.


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Contact info

Survival Law Firm, APC

350 S. Figueroa Street
Suite 190
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 45%
  2. Probate: 20%
    13 years, 60 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 15%
    17 years, 140 cases
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 14%
  5. Other: 6%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ad Hoc Moot Court AwardHastings College of the Law1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBryan R. Smith, A Professional Law Corporation2015 - Present
Legal AssistantPhillips Law Partners, LLP2014 - 2014
Staff AttorneyReal Estate Law Center2013 - 2014
AttorneyPrivate Practice2012 - 2013
AttorneyKerendian and Associates, Inc.2011 - 2012
AttorneyMiles L. Kavaller, A Professional Law Corporation2009 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cena v. CoronadoSettled with cash awards for all plaintiffs
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, SacramentoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate plan primerDO YOU NEED A WILL?2010