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Marlene Sue Seltzer

Elder law Attorney at Tarzana, CA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Marlene

Learn Marlene’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Medi-Cal Long Term Care; State Paid Nursing Home Benefits; Protection of Assets; Conservatorships; Powers of Attorney; Seminars; Transfer of Assets.

    23 years

  2. Probate
    Spousal Property Petitions; Heggstad Petitions; Small Estate Affidavits; Family Allowances; Real Estate; Representative Deed; Creditors Claims.

    23 years

  3. Trusts
    Living Trusts; Special Needs Trusts, Medi-Cal Trusts to Protect Assets from State Recovery Liens; Life Insurance Trusts; Spendthrift Trusts.

    23 years

For the past 10 years, I have enjoyed practicing Elder Law and educating my clients on the options they have to control and improve their lives.  My Elder Law Services  include:


Protecting Assets and Qualifying for State Paid Private Nursing Home Benefits


Preparing Estate Plans (Wills, Trusts; Powers of Attorney)


Navigating Probates Through the Court Procedures and Accountings


Special Needs Trusts (First Party, Third Party, and Pooled)


Conservatorships (Person, Estate and Limited; Accountings)


Litigation (Trust, Conservatorship, Probate, Financial Elder Abuse)


Wasserman Comden Casselman & Esensten
5567 Reseda Blvd., Suite 330
Tarzana, CA, 91356
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801 S. Garfield Avenue, Suite 328
Alhambra, CA, 91801
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300 East Esplanade Drive, Suite 1960
Oxnard, CA, 93036
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2011
evaluating my attorney
I used Ms Seltzer for my trust planning and was very pleased. I found her knowledgeable and timely. Her prices seemed quite fair also. I also recommended her to a family friend for a probate situation.
Posted by Jack | April 9, 2011
Competency and Caring
In 2006 I found myself in the position of Administrator of an estate for a friend of over 35 years. It was a difficult matter due to the fact that the Will was not a current instrument and many of the beneficiaries were deceased as well. Marlene was unwaivering in her approach as to complete fairness and equitable treatment for all the remaining beneficiaries of the Estate. She gave excellent counsul to me in doing the necessary to distribute and close the Estate. I always felt I couldn't have had better legal counsel. At all times she anticipated the needs of the family and myself and ensured a smooth process every step of the way. I would recommend her where the situation was volatile and needed some finesse in the transactions between all of the parties.
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Posted by Mindy | April 8, 2011
Excellent attorney, highly recommended
My mother hired Ms. Seltzer to prepare her living trust. Ms. Seltzer was very professional and extremely helpful. Her caring nature made this process easier than we thought it would be.
Posted by STEFANIE | April 8, 2011
Professional, fabulous lawyer
Marlene has proven to be one of the most professional, reliable, and knowledgeable lawyers I have ever found in my long association with using lawyers in my forensic psychology field. She has the highest ethics and standards, makes sure she understands the situation, is never rash, but always thorough. She makes it "personal" so that you always feel well taken care of by a consumate professional.
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Posted by Kevin | July 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Poor Initial Consultation
I do not recommend consulting this lawyer. Marlene provided me with a very horrible initial consultation experience. Facts: 1) I called regarding an elderly relative who currently receives SSI benefits, and is at risk of losing them when he receives an insurance settlement payment in the near future. 2) I tried asking her simple questions about what he can do to avoid losing his benefits (e.g. set up a Special Means Trust) 3) When I tried to ask questions, she would interrupt me, and accuse me of asking bad questions. 4) I felt rushed during the consultation when she told me "I don't know you and I am talking to you for free" multiple times.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo
  • 2001 - 2011


  • Glendale Univ COL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Past Chair; Program Chair; Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2001 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Association of Realtors
  • Volunteer
  • N/A
  • Valley Industry and Commerce Association
  • Volunteer
  • N/A
  • Italian-American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2006 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Volunteer Award
  • Harriet Buhai Center
  • N/A
  • Volunteer Award
  • Neighborhood Legal Services
  • N/A
  • VAST Program Volunteer Award
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • School Parents Group
  • Limited Conservatorships
  • 2011
  • Parent Support Group & Advocacy
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011
  • Ask a Lawyer
  • Elder Law
  • 2011
  • Guest Speaker
  • Medicare and Social Security
  • 2010
  • Pierce College
  • Protection of Assets & Qualify for Nursing Home
  • 2009
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning for Widows
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Marlene
Probate Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marlene is a dedicated and down-to-earth attorney who brings her experience and professional knowledge to bear in helping clients with one of the most challenging chapters of their lives. She is a credit to the Legal Profession and I'm proud to endorse her."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being personalbe and a good communicator, Marlene has good ethics and a solid knowledge of elder law, so that she is able to identify the issues and propose solutions that are appropriate and yet honor the boundaries amongst the many professions now serving the elderly and disabled. She has a great sense of humor too!"
Trusts Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Marlene and found her friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to work with."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My endorsement goes beyond a written statement. Because of my knowledge of her skills and observation of her work and expertise, I recently hired her to join my practice. Marlene is an excellent attorney who gets my highest vote of confidence."