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About me

I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles.  I also received my JD degree and LL.M. (taxation) from Loyola Law School. 

I am a Certified Elder Law Attorney and a Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Specialist, which has been highlighted in the 2010 Southern California Super Lawyers publication. I am the immediate past-President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a national organization of about 4,300 lawyers practicing in the field of elder law. 


I am the author of several chapters for California Continuing Education of the Bar, including chapters on compensation for guardians of the person, administration of special needs trusts, probate family allowances and homesteads.  I am also a 2007 Spirit of CEB recipient.

I am an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, teaching Elder Law.

I have two sons, both of whom are Eagle Scouts. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 100%
    4 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua David Ramirez

    I cannot say enough about Ruth. Her knowledge of Elder Law and Estate Planning is exceptional. She assists clients in planning cases as well as crisis cases. More importantly, she does so with compassion and care that is hard to find in attorneys. I was honored to be taught Elder Law by her at Loyola Law School.


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  • Cynthia Renee Pollock

    Ruth is a fantastic attorney. I have had the pleasure to observe her at Court, work with her on cases, and so on for over 10 years. She has impeccable integrity and devotion to her clients and is a credit to the legal community.


    Cynthia Pollock Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Phelps Law Group

301 N Lake Ave Ste 1002
Pasadena, CA, 91101


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Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysPast PresidentN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Board of Advisors of Loyola Law SchoolMemberN/A
Loyola Law SchoolAdjunct professorN/A
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionPast memberN/A
Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysPast PresidentN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Immaculate Heart CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A