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Jane Maris Mcnamara

Estate planning Attorney at Valencia, CA

5.0   12 reviews

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Learn Jane’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    50%
    We are committed to helping our clients and their families navigate the complex long-term care and medical service delivery system. We protect and preserve assets, seek benefits to obtain the "right" care, and provide assistance and advocacy.

  2. Estate planning
    50%
    We prepare complete Estate Plans for clients including Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Healthcare Directives, HIPAA Authorizations, and other documents that may apply. We guide clients through decisions needed to have a personalized plan.

 

The McNamara Law Firm is a unique Law Firm located in the Santa Clarita Valley.  The Law Firm handles issues involving Seniors and the Elderly, and assists in VA benefits, Medi-Cal eligibility, Asset Protection, Long-Term Care, Estate Planning, and Advocacy for our Senior clients in care facilities.  

 

Our firm also focuses on legal areas which affect those handling a deceased loved one's affairs.  Losing a loved one is difficult, but adding the pressure of administering an estate can be overwhelming without proper guidance. 

 

Our firm assists executors, trustees, surviving spouses, and family members in after-death procedures which often include trust administration and probate.  Jane McNamara is an elder law attorney serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, and the greater Los Angeles area.

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Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 09/10/2022

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

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McNamara Law Firm, PC
28212 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Suite 110
Valencia, CA, 91355

Reviews

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Posted by Wade | August 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST for Estate Planning
McNamara Law Firm is THE top of the line firm for trusts, estate planning and Elder Care. I was in a fix after my mom passed and her usual law firm had no interest in helping me navigate the convoluted world of family trusts. Jane's firm swept in and took care of everything. Not only does Jane make it easy to understand, her Paralegal Miriam is the hands on "fixer." Between the two of them they were an exemplary team. They were so good when my wife and I needed to set up our own living trust, we went straight to them, and they once again proved they were the platinum standard. Yet their rates are competitive. I could not recommend a law firm more.
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Posted by EH | March 17, 2022
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From Elder Care to Estate Plans
I first met Jane McNamara and her amazing staff Gina and Miriam in December 2019. I was caring for my hospitalized elderly uncle and hit several roadblocks. The hospital was slow to help; doctors would not return my calls; and the social worker was pressuring me to take my uncle into my home when I was incapable of providing the necessary level of care he would need. The bank would not honor my POA so I could access the necessary funds to move my uncle into a home. I googled elder law attorneys in Santa Clarita. I am so thankful Jane's was the first--and best!--that popped up. I filled out the contact form and within fifteen minutes Gina called me. She was genuinely concerned, practical, helpful, and prompt. She scheduled a consultation with Jane for Christmas Eve. I was floored that I would not have to wait until after New Year’s with my uncle lingering in the hospital before I got help. That consultation was the most productive, considerate, and helpful encounter I have ever had professionally or personally. Jane's advice was perfect. She pointed out the language in the POA that exactly answered my needs, and I could use with every agency I needed access from. She gave excellent advice on how to handle the hospital, doctors, pushy social worker, and recommended Shannon with Assisted Living Locators to help me find a home for my uncle, which she did. Through it all, Jane and her staff were so kind. Gina in the front office was so sweet; and Miriam the paralegal offered her sincere sympathies and tender help while giving her very professional aid. Everything Jane recommended worked perfectly. I could not have gotten through that ordeal with a modicum of sanity if it had not been for the three of them. I sought Jane's services out again in 2020, when my uncle passed away (not Covid related but after lockdown). Unfortunately, his estate, of which I am the executor, had to go through probate and Jane no longer handles probated cases. After now enduring probate for 2 years with another office (and not being done yet), I can fully understand Jane's reluctance to provide this service. It is my less than happy probate experience that brought my husband and I back to Jane in January 2022. After a year of trying to care for my uncle through the end of his life and another two years of probate, my husband and I were determined to create a secure, well-written, flexible, and very complete estate plan. We very much want to spare our children and their guardians as much stress and "rigmarole" as possible. Who else would we call other than Jane? Every interaction had already proved how invaluable she, Gina, and Miriam were; so of course, we returned to create our revocable trust. Jane and her staff are so very thorough, so very well prepared, and so very knowledgeable. She and Miriam walked us through all the tricky aspects and questions that needed settling with care, kindness, and professionalism. They treated us like real people and listened so carefully as I gave personal experiences from my uncle's care that we would not want repeated for us. Jane listened and then created the perfect language we wanted to address all our concerns. We are confident that the estate plan we created is best suited for our family and our needs and gave us peace of mind. Again, I am so, so grateful for their truly kind and very professional services. They treated us like people, making a personal connection with us as individuals (hello, fountain pen friend) and as parents (oh college is around the corner!) and not dollar signs. The amount we paid for everything (trust, POA, Health Directive, pour over will, etc.) was worth every cent. The level of organization with the binder, flash drive, and letters of instruction to get us started on our beneficiary changes was impeccable. I am a highly organized person, and this level of care just blew me away. I cannot recommend McNamara Law enough and am so grateful they are "in our corner."
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Posted by Randall | September 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Living Trusts covering our entire family.
On three separate occasions, my wife & I have used Jane McNamara Law Firm for family member's living trusts, including our own. Each time we have had excellent communication and service. We thank Jane and the entire staff for their friendly, professional guidance. Randall & Peggy
Posted by Laura | June 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
I needed to do my estate planning and reached out to Jane's office. Within hours I had received a reply and I was happy to find that everyone in her office is extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Estate planning can be a heavy task and legal matters can be intimidating. I can't say enough about how easy and stress free Jane and her team made the entire process for me. I could not be happier about selecting them for my law firm. I had a good feeling when I found Jane on the internet and it definitely paid off. Highly, highly recommended!!!
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Posted by Dennis | June 4, 2020
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A professional, knowledgeable, supportive and authentic ensemble team.legal team
I hired the McNamara Law Firm to create my trust as well as a supplemental needs trust for my son. I trusted the number of educator friends who referred me to Jane. Her professional ensemble team of Karen, Miriam and Gina walked me through the complicated process in a genuine, comprehensible and supportive manner. This was a very difficult time for my family and myself after losing my wife and then the pandemic hit. Jane and her team educated me and gave me strength to pursue the establishment of both trusts with their knowledge, support and integrity. As a result I have personal peace knowing that my decisions I made with their advice and guidance will benefit my children and they will endure for generations. Jane and her team have my highest respect, esteem and recommendation. We now have an enduring lasting partnership.
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Posted by Diana | March 7, 2019
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Mrs.
I am forever grateful to Jane and her excellent staff. I hired the firm when I was in an extremely difficult situation with my husband's dementia care. Jane was calm and so knowledgeable guiding our family in decisions we needed to make. When contacting the firm, I received prompt, clear responses. The firm's expertise in elder law and estate planning has lifted a heavy burden from me and given me peace in navigating the complexities of caring for my husband. This is a superb law firm.
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Posted by Barbara | February 15, 2019
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The law firm's expertise is awesome
I retained the McNamara Law in November 2016. This firm has helped me tremendously in dealing with my husband's illnesses of Parkinson's disease and dementia. Jane and her staff have given me the peace of mind that I can actually have a good life even with Charles not living with me anymore. I have and will continue to always thank them. I refer the firm to anyone that is in need of their expertise with these issues.
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Posted by Melanie | September 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Gave freely of her time for our local Alzheimers support group
Jane visited the Alzheimer's/Dementia support group that I facilitate in Acton, Ca last week. In a very UNhurried, succinct presentation, Jane provided much needed information to our group that was clear, concise and easy to understand. As a volunteer myself, I know is rare to find someone passionate who is willing to give away their time and care about what they are doing. Wonderful!
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Posted by Mona | April 21, 2016
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Simply the Best!
Let me start by saying, having found Jane & her team has been an absolute blessing to my Mom & our family. This time in life can be very stressful and confusing to navigate. With Jane's compassion and knowledge as an Elder Rights Attorney, she was able to provide our Mother with a safe & secure Trust & Life Plan for her future. Her team is extremely dedicated to following through with every detail. Throughout one of the most difficult times of our lives, Jane and her team have been there every step of the way. We are so grateful for the wonderful care and respect our Mom has been shown.
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Posted by Evelyn | April 15, 2016
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If you are looking for an Estate Planner here is one I highly recommend.
My husband and I used the McNamara Law Firm years ago to do our Living Trust. When he passed away they were very kind and understanding as they helped me take care of the things that were needed. Since then I have had a few questions and every time I've called I was treated very professionally and received answers. I have attended a few of her seminar's also and am impressed with how she keeps up on ALL of the changing laws for the elderly. I would recommend her to anyone that needs an Estate Planning attorney.
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Posted by Robert | April 8, 2016
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A caring Elder Law Atorney
I have known Jane for over 20 years. Whenever I have clients who need the assistance of an elder law attorney, I refer them to Jane's office. I know that she and her staff want the best for their clients. The not only assist their clients and their families but they also educate them.
Posted by Kathleen | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent Law Firm
My husband and I set up an irrevocable trust for my mother with the McNamara Law Firm after my father passed away in 2009. Since then, Jane McNamara and her team have been invaluable to us and have helped us through several difficult legal situations. Everyone at the firm is knowledgeable and professional but, at the same time, very personable and caring. Jane and her staff are always available to answer questions or give advice when any issues arise. I have a business relationship with the firm but I also have a friendship with Jane and her wonderful team. I can give the McNamara Law Firm the highest recommendation.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of Nevada
  • undergraduate
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • Member
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  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • Member, Former Board Member
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  • Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association
  • Member, Former Board Member
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  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
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  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • VA Accredited Attorney
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (0)
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Jane for about 25 years. She is conscientious and provides incredible customer service for her clients. I came to work for her firm knowing I was associating with the best in her field."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jane McNamara is an incredible Elder Law and Estate Planning attorney. Her contribution to the community is unsurpassed. She goes above and beyond for her clients and guides families through difficult decisions. Her experience and dedication set her apart from the traditional Elder Law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jane is a leader in the Elder Law Community. She has spent her career building a specialized expertise in helping clients and their families navigate the world of post-retirement planning. I highly endorse Jane."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jane brings compassion and excellent problem solving skills to her eldercare practice that are unmatched. Best of the Best!"
Elder law Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jane for about 20 years. She is trustworthy, conscientious, and knowledgeable. I routinely refer clients to her with confidence."
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Valencia Estate planning Lawyer Jane Maris Mcnamara
Jane Maris Mcnamara
Estate planning Attorney
Valencia, CA
Licensed for 31 years