As the son of two military officers, Samuel B. Ledwitz learned organization, pride, discipline and a desire to help others at a very young age. After living in England, Germany and Washington State until the age of 8, Mr. Ledwitz grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor's degree in finance, real estate and law.
Mr. Ledwitz attended Pepperdine University School of Law with an emphasis in estate and income tax. Mr. Ledwitz served as a judicial extern in the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
It was through this experience that Mr. Ledwitz was able to see the legal hardships that families endure when loved ones passed away. This inspired him to find ways to avoid these situations and then teach others how to avoid them.
Once graduating with a law degree from Pepperdine, Mr. Ledwitz attended the University of Miami School of Law, earning his master of law in estate planning. Enabled with his post-doctorate degree, Mr. Ledwitz returned to the Golden State and started helping families throughout the many communities of Southern California.
In 2000, Mr. Ledwitz joined one of the largest estate planning firms in Southern California, where he helped more than 1,000 clients provide for a responsible transition of wealth from one generation to the next.
Mr. Ledwitz was also in charge of advising high net worth individuals regarding sophisticated tax strategies designed to provide the best tax results for their loved ones.
Samuel B. Ledwitz merged the Ledwitz Law Firm with Bezaire and Associates, and created the new entity Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp. Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp is building on a foundation of executing and handling trusts and estates for more than 40 years.
In addition to practicing Law, Mr. Ledwitz has always had a passion for helping others by teaching. While at Pepperdine, he served as the student director of the South Central Los Angeles Youth Development Project, where he coordinated its entire tutoring program.
Mr. Ledwitz also taught history and English night school classes to academically challenged students for a local school district.
His passion for teaching is directly related to his passion for the law. While teaching disadvantaged youth, Mr. Ledwitz became interested in various charities that help children. This motivated him to learn about estate planning techniques that would not just help the client, but also the community as a whole.
Mr. Ledwitz currently teaches estate planning and administration to paralegals at Cerritos College.
Married to Kamila in 2003, they are now the proud parents of Emily, who was born in 2006, and Charles, who was born in 2008.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award||Crescendo Business Service||2013|
|2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award||Crescendo Business Services||2012|
|2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award||Crescendo Business Services||2011|
|Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law||California State Bar||2010|
|American Jurisprudence Award: Remedies||Pepperdine University School of Law||1998|
|Moot Court Board Member||Pepperdine University School of Law||1997|
|Adjunct Professor||Cerritos College||2013 - Present|
|President||Bezaire, Ledwitz & Borncamp, APC||2007 - Present|
|President||Law Offices of Samuel B. Ledwitz||2006 - 2007|
|Senior Associate||Kavesh, Minor & Otis||2000 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Long Beach Trust and Estate Council||Member||2011 - Present|
|Long Beach Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Pasadena Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|South Bay Bar Association (LA)||Member||2011 - Present|
|South Bay Estate and Trust Council||Member||2010 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United Sates Court of Federal Claims||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||N/A||2008 - Present|
|United States Tax Court||N/A||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|State Bar of California||N/A||1998 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Los Angeles Trust and Estate Council||Member||2011 - 2013|
|Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners||Member||2011 - 2013|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2013|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Board of Directors||Doris Alvard Academy||2011 - 2013|
|Estate Litigation||Summary Judgment Motion was granted in our favor. Judge determined that we were "logical" and the opposition was "illogical".|
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|Business Week||Estate Litigation||2014|
|Fontana Herald News||Living Trust Needs To Be Up To Date||2014|
|Private Wealth Magazine||Second Thoughts||2013|
|Private Wealth Magazine||The Burden of Wealth||2013|
|Newsweek Magazine||NFL Player and Estate Attorney Help Children||2013|
|Pasadena Independent Newspaper||California Closing Courts||2013|
|Newsweek Magazine||Wealth Manager||2011|
|Word Press.com||What you should know about HIPAA||2011|
|Hollywood Weekly||Delivering on a Promise||2008|
|Daily Breeze||Planning for Life and Death||2008|
|Buena Park/Anaheim Independent Newspaper||'HIPAA Waiver' needed if you're incapacitated||2008|
|University of Miami School of Law||Estate Planning||LL.M - Master of Laws||2000|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|California State University, California Polytechnic State University||Finance, Real Estate & Law||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Updates in Estate Planning||Eliminating the Mandatory "B" Trust--Saving Time and Money||2013|
|Monthly Meeting||Pet Trusts: You, Your Bird, and Forever After||2013|
|Estate Planning for Professionals||IRA and Life Insurance Estate Planning||2013|
|Year End Meeting||The History of Estate Tax||2012|
|South Bay Trust and Estate Council Focus Session||Pet Trusts and QPRTs||2012|
|Estate Planning and You||Estate Planning||2012|
|Coldwell Bankers Broker Meeting (Palos Verdes)||Real Estate Issues in Probate||2012|
|Century 21 Broker's Meeting||1031 Exchanges and Real Estate Sales During Probate||2012|
|Tom Gau's Monthly Seminar||Estate Tax Laws for 2011||2011|
|Pinnacle Wealth Monthly Meeting||Changes in the Estate Tax Laws||2011|
|Focus on the Youth of Rosemead, CA||Estate Planning||2011|
|Year End Meeting||Estate Tax Laws||2007|