Skip to main content

Andrew Marc Meinzer

Estate planning Attorney at Torrance, CA

5.0   18 reviews

Call and speak with several attorneys to find best fit for your specific legal issue.
Can't find what you are looking for?
Avvo has 97% of all lawyers in the US.
Find the best ones near you.
Find Nearby Lawyers

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas

Andrew M. Meinzer is dedicated to understanding and satisfying the unique goals of each individual client. Mr. Meinzer provides high quality personalized legal services.

Mr. Meinzer cares for his clients. He serves his clients with compassion and dedication. At the same time, he represents his clients’ interests with determination and zeal.

Mr. Meinzer is accessible. He offers evening and weekend appointments. He even makes house calls.

WILLS & TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING, AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY

A good Estate Plan secures a high quality of life for an individual and then it provides for a maximum transfer of assets to chosen beneficiaries on death. A Trust usually can achieve these results in the most cost-effective manner by (1) minimizing estate taxes and (2) avoiding the time and expense of a Probate. For some people, however, a Will may work better.

For parents of a minor child, a good Estate Plan provides for care of the child after the parents’ deaths. For example, a Trust allows the parents to specify how their assets are to be applied to the benefit of the child after the deaths of the parents. Further, Nominations of Guardians allow the parents to designate Guardians to care for the child after the parents’ deaths.

A good Estate Plan also ensures that financial management and health care decisions can be made for an individual if he or she loses capacity to make such decisions. Together, a Trust and Powers of Attorney achieve this goal.

Powers of Attorney are documents through which an individual nominates someone as an agent to make financial management and healthcare decisions in case the individual loses capacity to make such decisions for himself or herself. Every adult should have a Power of Attorney for Financial Management and a Power of Attorney for Health Care (also known as an Advance Health Care Directive). Without these documents, a Conservatorship may be required. See Elder Law & Conservatorships below.

Mr. Meinzer provides personalized services to satisfy each individual client’s Estate Planning objectives. He assists each client with determining whether a Trust, a Will, or another Estate Planning vehicle is best for satisfying the client’s particular goals.

Mr. Meinzer’s Estate Plans include personalized Powers of Attorney that allow each client to nominate an agent of his or her choice to make decisions for the client in the event that the client loses capacity to do so. These Powers of Attorney are specific regarding the powers granted to the agent, and Mr. Meinzer custom-tailors specific Powers of Attorney to satisfy the needs and desires of each client.

PROBATES & DECEDENTS’ ESTATES

A Probate is necessary for many people who die without a Trust. A Probate is a court-supervised administration of a decedent’s estate. A Probate concludes with the court issuing an order to distribute the decedent’s assets to his or her heirs or beneficiaries.

As discussed above, a good Estate Plan may avoid the necessity of a Probate. For example, a decedent with a Trust may have his or her assets distributed to beneficiaries through a Trust Administration process, which usually is less expensive and less time-consuming than a Probate and maintains privacy.

Similarly, a Probate may not be necessary for a decedent with a small estate. Rather, if certain requirements are satisfied, assets may be transferred to the decedent’s heirs or beneficiaries based on a signed affidavit instead of a court order.

If you are dealing with the court system in relation to a probate or estate-related matter, or if you think that you will be in the near future, it is important that you hire an attorney who knows the full particulars of California probate law and the probate court. With sensitivity and care, Mr. Meinzer guides clients through the Probate and the Trust Administration processes. For small estates, he drafts affidavits to effect transfers of decedents’ assets to heirs or beneficiaries without the necessity of Probate.

ELDER LAW & CONSERVATORSHIPS

Elder Law services are designed to improve the lives of elderly people as they age. For example, although forgetfulness is a common issue (especially as a person ages), it can be a real problem when it seriously interferes with a person’s ability to handle personal affairs. Dementia, especially of the Alzheimer’s type, and other illnesses and disabilities can result in a person lacking legal capacity to care for himself or herself. Such an incapacitated person may require a Conservatorship, which is a court-supervised proceeding to provide decision-making and care for an incapacitated person, much like a Guardianship is to a minor child. As discussed above, however, a good Estate Plan with Powers of Attorney can avoid the necessity of a Conservatorship.

With compassion and sensitivity, Mr. Meinzer counsels regarding use of planning opportunities available to overcome the unique issues faced by his elderly clients and other clients with special needs. Such planning includes drafting Revocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Powers of Attorney; conducting Medi-Cal planning; and obtaining Long Term Care Insurance and Reverse Mortgages.

BIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW M. MEINZER

Andrew M. Meinzer is an attorney practicing Estate Planning, Trust and Will drafting, Trust Administration, Probate, Conservatorship, Medi-Cal Planning, Special Needs Planning, and Elder Law, in Torrance, California. He was admitted to practice law in 1999 by the State Bar of California. He was also admitted in 1999 to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California.

Mr. Meinzer is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Volunteer Panel, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and South Bay Bar Association. Further, Mr. Meinzer is a member of the KEEP-SAFE Coalition, ~the South Bay Estate Planning Council, and the El Camino College, Division of Business, Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee.

Mr. Meinzer graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and he graduated in 1999 with a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Meinzer served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Southwestern University Law Review and was a brief writer for the Moot Court honors program. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael Farrell of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Law and Motion Department.

Before attending law school, Mr. Meinzer served in the United States Navy as an audio visual director for the White House Communications Agency. At the White House Communications Agency, he planned and executed presidential and vice-presidential appearances at the White House and worldwide for the George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton administrations.

Licensed for 23 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/02/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Andrew

Andrew M Meinzer Law Office
3878 W Carson St Ste 104
Torrance, CA, 90503-6707

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Kathleen | July 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I went with Meinzer at a girlfriends recommendation. Just finished my trust\will. It was a much easier experience then I had worked it up to be. Everyone in the office were completely helpful, and knowledgeable . I’m happy to say it is a relief to have everything wrapped up. Thanks to all of you.
Posted by Anna | April 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Team
I would highly recommend Andrew Meinzer and his excellent team for any and all family trust situations. They were consistently knowledgeable, friendly, supportive, and available to provide guidance and assistance to our family as we navigated a complicated family trust. Always highly professional, they were just a phone call or email away to help. I am happy to offer this recommendation as our journey together ends.
Read less
Posted by Bonnie | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgeable
Andrew Meinzer represented me in a trust litigation case. He did an excellent job. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. He kept me up to date on everything in the case and answered any questions I had on it. He was very prompt in responding back to me whenever I needed to contact him. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by Richard | July 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate
Professional, competent and friendly. Timely in meeting or beating deadlines. Went beyond the expected to be sure court submissions covered all of the possibilities and details. Saved me a significant amount of money by initiating request to have normal bond requirement waived. Everything went smoothly despite all the complications of Covid 19 quarentine. Entire Office Staff a pleasure to work with.
Read less
Posted by Kristine | April 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly qualified and a consumate professional
Estate planning can be a monumental undertaking for anyone and finding the right law firm to assist you is critical. We prepared for the task well in advance before we hired the Meinzer Law Firm to help us steer through the process, but we did not fully comprehend how much time and effort was necessary to pull everything together. Andrew Meinzer is the consummate professional in every sense of the term. From the beginning, he explained the process in great detail, took the time necessary to understand our needs, and offered his legal guidance every step of the way. He fully grasped the complexity of our situation and helped us navigate through the specific needs of our blended family. As clients, he treated us with the utmost care and respect, always giving us the proper amount of time and attention to address our questions and concerns. He was very patient, polite, and responsive through the entire process. In fact, everyone we have dealt with at the Meinzer Law Firm demonstrated the same level of care, respect, and responsiveness even though we are in the midst of a deadly pandemic. We would highly recommend Andrew Meinzer and the Meinzer Law Firm for your estate planning needs.
Read less
Posted by Mark | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Knowledgeable, Personable and Thorough
Mr. Meinzer has a deep understanding of estate law. He was able to successfully work through a series of very complex processes involving our family's trust. My parents had set up a trust decades ago. It was designed to minimize tax burdens at a time when estate taxes were prohibitively high. Unfortunately, they never got around to updating or modifying it to meet current estate tax laws or standards. Modifying this particular trust would be impossible for anyone who doesn't have a very detailed understanding of laws relating to trusts and estates. Without Mr. Meinzer's expert guidance and counsel, we would have been lost. Mr. Meinzer and his staff were very thorough in covering every detail, apprising us of the progress, explaining any pertinent issues and also planning strategies that were the most cost-effective without compromising quality or execution. Even with the pandemic, he and his staff were able to keep the process moving with minimal delays. His professionalism, thoroughness and expertise made an otherwise painful and confusing process much smoother than I could have ever expected. His warm and friendly demeanor was a calming presence during some very emotional times. I truly appreciate Mr. Meinzer and his staff and would not hesitate to hire their services again.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and Professionalism in Estate Planning
I greatly appreciate having found Andrew Meinzer to draw up my trust and will. Andrew demonstrates competency, professionalism and diligence in his attention to detail. The members of his staff are equally professional in their work and attitude, along with being kind and enjoyable to engage. I highly recommend the Meinzer Law firm to satisfy your estate planning needs.
Read less
Posted by Carl | September 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Wizard!
Mr. Meinzer made estate planning a breeze! My wife and I were very happy with the entire process that he and his team had put together.
Posted by Mindie | August 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend him!
Andrew Meinzer recently completed our estate planning documents. He was thorough, professional yet also kind, clearly explained everything in "layman" language, provided very helpful advice, and even in the midst of this pandemic, he was responsive. I have complete confidence that the documents were done accurately and that as a result, our children will be easily able to manage our estate in the event of our deaths. I give Andrew the highest recommendation. Do not hesitate to utilize his firm's services.
Read less
Posted by Sanae | April 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Andrew is my go-to trusts and elder law attorney
Over the past 10 years, Andrew helped me with administration of my late mother's trust, created a conservatorship for my aunt and helped me and my husband complete estate planning documents. His instructions and answers to my questions are always thorough. I have full confidence in his expertise. I would definitely recommend him for any trust administration, probate and estate planning needs.
Read less
Posted by Bob | January 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't know
Andrew Meinzer and his staff petitioned the court to modify an Irrevocable Trust into a Special Needs Trust. He prepared all the required documents and attended the court hearings on our behalf. He and his staff are very knowledgable and helpful.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Linda Edey
Highly recommend Andrew Meinzer as an attorney for legal wills and trusts.The work was done with all questions answered and all legalities taken care of.We felt comfortable with Attorney Meinzer and staff, and the presentation of our information was handled with the utmost professionalism. We highly recommend Attorney Andrew Meinzer as a wonderful lawyer with whom you can have confidence.
Read less
Posted by Arminda | August 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trust and Knowledge
Mr. Meinzer is very knowledgable, ethical and compassionate. He explained the law clearly and provided legal advice that was in the best interest of my elderly mother. Histaff is very professional and helpful.
Posted by Christopher | June 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Probate Attorney
I have been working with Andrew as a contract attorney for the past 6 years, and I must state, I am very impressed with his overall work ethic and knowledge. He is a very experienced Probate, Trust, and Estate Planning attorney, and I am always comfortable working alongside him when necessary. I highly recommend his services for anyone looking for a responsive and knowledgeable attorney.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
IMF
Andrew put up with me making changes after changes after changes, and asking questions about what legal terms meant. (I tried to read all the documents.) The office staff responded very quickly when I pointed out that there were missing pages in some documents.
Posted by Jeffrey | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust and Will
We came to Mr. Andrew Meinzer's firm to get a trust and will written up. We knew very little about the process. He and his staff walked us through everything and made every aspect of it easy to understand. Later on, we had an issue with a probate in Temecula, CA. Though, he was not able to litigate out there, he gave us great advise and steered us in the right direction. It was a pleasure working with him and we highly recommend him and his staff.
Read less
Posted by Lynne | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer Andrew Meinzer and his team helped to create Living Trust
Andrew and his team helped me to create my living trust. They accommodated with my urgent requests and needs, and answered all my questions and concerns. They took care of everything I needed with professional, caring and timely manner. I highly recommend Andrew to all my friends and family for their estate planning.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick, Efficient, Professional, and Successful
Andrew was the first lawyer I hired. He assisted me with some issues I had regarding trusts. Without going into too much detail, he answered every question I had in a timely manner, he gave me good insight on things I was unfamiliar with, he advised me on certain steps to take to protect myself, and he told me not to worry in situations where I was terrified. Overall, he was great to work with and I will definitely hire him again when needed. This is the only lawyer you need regarding trusts/estates. Thank you again!
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  •  LAW OFFICES OF STUART D. ZIMRING
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Attorney
  •  MCKENNA & CUNEO, L.L.P.
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Judicial Extern, Judge Michael Farrell
  •  LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT, LAW AND MOTION DEPARTMENT
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Research Assistant, Professor Dennis Yokoyama
  • Southwestern University School Of Law
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Director, Presidential Audio Visual Department
  •  WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Technician, Presidential Audio Visual Department
  •  WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY
  • 1990 - 1991
View all work experience

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Maryland
  • 1995

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association (LA)
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
View all awards

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Andrew
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew as a thorough and thoughtful estate planning attorney who looks out for the best for his clients. Highly recommended."
Probate Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been working with Andrew as a contract attorney for the past 6 years, and I must state, I am very impressed with his overall work ethic and knowledge. He is a very experienced Probate, Trust, and Estate Planning attorney, and I am always comfortable working alongside him when necessary. I highly recommend his services for anyone looking for a responsive and knowledgeable attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse attorney Andrew Meinzer. I have always sent my family law clients to Andrew Meinzer for their estate planning and probate needs. The feedback I get has been consistently positive for the last 10 years that I have referred cleints, friends and family members. Andrew is dedicated and serious about his practice and I have always observed his clients to be happy and to refer others."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Meinzer as an experienced estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse and recommend Andrew Meinzer for all estate planning matters. He is of impeccable character and treats his clients and colleagues with the utmost respect. He's my first choice for referral of estate planning cases and I have had nothing but very positive feedback. It's an honor to know and recommend Andrew."
View more endorsements
Divorce and separation
Administrative law

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Torrance Estate planning Lawyer Andrew Marc Meinzer
Andrew Marc Meinzer
Estate planning Attorney
Torrance, CA
Licensed for 23 years
Free Consultation