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Christopher Salvatore Scarcella

Estate planning Attorney at Claremont, CA

4.6   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%
    I create and maintain estate plans from everything as simple as wills to everything as complex as GRITs, GRATs, ILITs, CRTs, and all the other acronyms. I provide peace of mind by helping people create lasting legacies that pass along their values as well as their possessions. My practice implements strategies that help families avoid the expenses, delays, and frustration involved with probate, conservatorship, and estate taxes.

  2. Trusts
    30%

  3. Elder law
    15%
    I help seniors take care of their advanced needs. I create health care directives, as well as help them to qualify for MediCal benefits while protecting their homes from the government placing liens on them.

  4. Probate
    15%

Chris Scarcella is an award-winning attorney and California Bar Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate.

As an estate planning attorney, he devotes his practice to helping people leave their loved ones with positive and lasting memories of who they are and the values that they stand for.  As a probate attorney, he guide those clients through the judicial process so that their loved ones' wishes are honored.

While he loves what he does professionally, he is especially passionate about giving back.  To this end, he runs a legal clinic that has led the California State Bar to honoring him with the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Senior Services, a respected non-profit organization serving our senior population.

Born and raised in Southern California, he went to Colorado College for my undergraduate education to experience the snow.  He then attended and graduated the University of Texas School of Law to experience the "South" while receiving a top-15 law school education.  Realizing that there's no place like home, he has since moved back to Pasadena.

He now live with his lovely wife Denise and his sometimes-disobedient dog named Alps.  In his spare time, he likes playing with tools.

 

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Location

C.S. Scarcella & Associates
250 W. 1st. St. Ste. #244
Claremont, CA, 91711

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Misshia Grant | April 19, 2020
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Ms. Grant's Review
Chris Scarcella is by far GOD SENT this man is a christian attorney who is very honest and trust worthy. He is absolutely the best attorney I have ever met thus far. He is extremely dedicated and hard working. Chris is an EXCELLENT attorney who is KIND, he is LOYAL, he is very HONEST and very TRUTH WORTHY. There are so many bad attorney's in California I have had so many steal from me, take me money, and do nothing for me. I have prayed day and night for a good attorney and I have finally found the attorney that I have prayed for Chris Scarcella. I have met a lot of BAD attorneys who I have hired, who have took ALL of money. But Chris is a good man, he is not in this for the money. He is truly a good person. I thank God day & night for a good attorney like chris who is not motivated by money bbut motivated to do the right thing. I want to point out that the (one bad review) is a FRAUD because this is so hurtful to speak falsely on such a good man. I have had so many scum bag attorneys that have done horrible things. Chris is NOT like that, he is a gentle soul, he is humble, soft spoken, kind hearted, and loyal.... I am thankful every day to have met Chris. He has helped my sister and I with our very troublesome estate. My sister and I are so grateful for Chris.
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Posted by Alpert | November 8, 2019
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Wonderful experience!!!
Chris Scarcella is an exceptional attorney. He did my living trust and guided me through the process making sure i understood everything along the way. He is professional, honest, and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend!
Posted by Shelly | July 16, 2019
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Professional and knowledgeable!
We hired Christopher for our living trust several years ago. He also updated it on one occasion. He is professional, organized and friendly. He is well spoken and helpful in guiding the difficult decisions of estate planning. My grandmother has also used his services for her estate planning. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an excellent trust attorney.
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Posted by Amparo | November 26, 2018
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I am so lucky to have found Chris Scarcella as my attorney!
Throughout my lifetime I have had a few experiences with attorneys, but the knowledge, expertise, patience, professionalism, guidance and continuous help that I have received from Mr. Scarcella I will rate with 10 stars!! I keep telling him that he is the BEST!! From the moment I met with him, which he went out of his way to make easy for me, and made appointments near where I live, so I didn't have to drive far, to guiding me through the process of making my Living Trust, plus changing my name, Chris showed such excellence in knowledge, sympathy for me, courtesy, politeness, and the final Estate Planning Portfolio was so carefully put together, and full of information/advice that I would have not thought about in a million years, that all I can say is: "Thank God I found Christopher!" I would recommend him to friends and family without any hesitation and with full confidence that he will fulfill every legal need in their Estate Planning preparation. He continues to help me way after completing my portfolio and name change! I have never been happier with my decision of hiring him to help me with my legal needs.
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Posted by Laura | June 9, 2017
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Exceptional
Very professional and knowledgeable. Revising my living trust was a painless procedure due to the expertise of Mr. Scarcella. I met with several attorneys before deciding on working with Chris and know that I made the right decision. His guidance throughout the process was exceptional. I would highly recommend his firm to anyone who needs an estate planning attorney.
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Posted by Jeff | October 17, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer to Keep in your contacts list!
Chris has been outstanding in his professionalism. At every turn he had a concise to the point realistic recommendation and what he couldn't answer he has someone else that could. I've always cringed at dealing with lawyers, however he makes it easy and comfortable, even if I don't like the reality of what I have to hear. Most importantly he has integrity. I've meet more than one lawyer who seem great one day then are a completely different person the next, consistency is what makes a working relationship actually work. I don't question for a second he will give me the best he has at all times and trust it will be enough. If it isn't, he knows his limits, is not above being honest with himself and knows how to recruit the right people for the job. Mr. Scarcella is important to have in your arsenal for any business or private interest.
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Posted by Elizabeth | September 21, 2016
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Trustworthy, Insightful, and Conscientious
Working with Chris has been a truly gratifying experience. He prepared my Living Trust and made the whole process enjoyable. Not only is he easy to talk to, he is generous with his counsel and goes the extra mile. Just recently his sage advice saved me from stepping into an unnecessary legal quagmire. I can't thank him enough. He is a such pleasure to work with.
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Posted by John R. | August 3, 2016
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Preparation for the Rivera Family Trust
Being a single dad and never having a Living Trust for my children was not a good thing to keep putting off. Attorney Chris Scarcella was provided with all my information so that he could prepare my Living Trust, will, etc. Well, when I came in to get the paperwork signed, it was all professionally prepared and ready to sign. He is an excellent individual and I highly recommend this man. He answered all my questions and filed my trust with the courts. Now I feel much better and he has my back in case something happens to me. Aside from his EXTENSIVE knowledge of the law, he is a great person to work with. He gets a 10+ from me for generating all my Estate Planning needs!!!
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Posted by Sharon | May 4, 2016
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I'm lucky to have found Atty Chris Scarcella
I don't travel much but had to fly to my hometown and spontaneously decided this was a good time to do a Will & Trust. I was presented with estate planning attorneys in my area from Avvo and after speaking with a few, chose Atty Scarcella. He was happy to meet with me on short notice, and expedited and finalized my paperwork before my trip. He was compassionate, thorough, informative, & eased my anxiety about the process of doing something I needed to do but had been putting off for years. He let me know I could always call him which I did upon my return and he was very helpful. Estate planning is very important and you want it done right by a competent attorney, and Atty Scarcella is that attorney as well as a good person who genuinely cares about his clients, and I consider myself very lucky to have been referred to him and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
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Review your lawyer - Estate Planning
Chris was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. He is very client oriented. It was a pleasure to meet with him and obtain his valued assistance in estate planning.
Posted by Jose A. (Tony) Garcia | April 6, 2016
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My great experience with Chris S. Scarcella
One day after many years of living without a living trust I happened to meet Mr Scarcella. He created for me a Revocable Living Trust. I never realized that we would become such good friends. First of all is his knowledge of the law as it pertains to trusts. his kindness, ethics and continued service after the fact is most remarkable. He is not only my Trust attorney but we have actually become very good friends. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a trust. Also, if you would like me to verbally confirm what I'm printing here feel free to ask Mr Scarcella's office for my phone number.
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Posted by Mike | July 28, 2015
Professional and Emphathetic Attorney for Estate Planning / Living Trust
I met Chris through a referral by my tax preparer. I have initiated 2 actions with Chris: 1) He has reviewed my parents Living Trust that was originally written in 1995 and updated in 2005. Chris recently reviewed the document for me, providing guidance and answering my questions. Chris was very understanding and empathetic in discussing some family illnesses that prompted me to have this Trust reviewed. 2) We have initiated work on my own Living Trust, which is currently in process. He was very patient in answering my questions.
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Posted by Maria S. | July 21, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Christopher Scarcella was highly recommended to me by a friend of mine. I needed to get my will and estate planning done and Chris understood exactly what I needed. He has the experience and knowledge to help deal with sensitive legal issues. He was ethical, courteous, sincere, patient and compassionate. He was never hurried. He listened attentively and made sure he got all the pertinent information and provided sound legal advice. He informed me of the steps I needed to do and the timelines on when we can get all documents completed. He was also very flexible about appointment times (even during weekends which was so convenient), and was happy to meet me at a location closer to my home. He was always available to answer questions over the phone or email. He always responds right away. He is very professional, humble, honest and down to earth. His rates are very reasonable and fair. I am very happy with his services and highly recommended him to my family and friends.
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Posted by Mark | July 3, 2015
Review of Chris Scarcella by Mark Rheude
Mr. Scarcella helped me with my living trust as well as an out of state trust for my mother. Very thorough and extremely professional. I highly recommend his services. Mark
Posted by William | June 26, 2015
Testimonial by Bill Byrne for my living trust excellently prepared by Christopher Scarcella
I am a single parent with 3 mentally challenged children and am raising a gransdon who is also severely mentally challenged. Unfortunately, there has always been a sibling rivalry to the point of bitter hatred. I will be 80 years old in three months and desperately needed a professional to prepare a trust that would be very creative due to my situation. Christopher Scaracella not only solved the problen by creating a special needs trust, but I found him to be so honest. trustworthy and caring that I chose him to be the trustee of my living trust. Cudos to Chris and his staff.
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Posted by Don | May 26, 2015
Review of Chris Scarcella - Living Trust for Don Cruikshank
Diane and I are very happy with the job that Chris did on putting together our living trust. He demonstrated that he is very knowledgeable in the process and in this area of law. he was very expedient and the whole process was very smooth. And he is a great communicator both via email, on the phone and in person. He is a joy to work with and we look forward to working with him in the future for our estate planning needs.
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Posted by Donald Langely | January 28, 2013
Living Trusts
Mr. Scarcella is an exceptional attorney. He tended to all of my estate planning concerns and even delivered my deed for recording. Aside from his extensive knowledge in the fields of estate planning, property law and family law, Mr. Scarcella is also a very sociable and likable person who kept me informed throughout the time he was drafting my documents. I have recommended his services to many of my colleagues and associates, all of which were extremely satisfied with his work. -Cheers
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2022
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Would Not Recommend Mr. Scarcella
My family has literally been waiting months for copies of my mother's will, etc. since she passed at the beginning of this year. We had one call with him wherein he promised copies but to date we have received nothing. We have called and left messages, emailed him, texted him and even wrote a letter to him and he has not responded to ANY of these requests. Needless to say, this is not only inconsiderate to us but also very unprofessional. I myself worked in a law firm for more than half of my life and we never treated any of our clients with such disregard. I would not recommend hiring Mr. Scarcella.
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Posted by Lori | February 3, 2019
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Took our money and ran
We hired scarcella in the fall 2018. He seemed perfect and we liked the reviews. Before we put down the $7000 Scarcella was attentive and we hoped to be in good hands. He cashed the deposit and never heard from him again. We sent certified letters to him and all we could hope is that he would do a good job for us. On January 3 he failed to show up for an court appiintment causing more problems. We are fairly and evenly bitter and angry, now all we want is our deposit back.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • C.S. Scarcella & Associates
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • American Legal Documents
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Legal Clerk, then Attorney
  • Walston Cross
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Legal Clerk
  • Attorney General of California
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Colorado College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Case # CONPS 150018 The Conservatorship of James David Pearce (Person and Estate)
  • For petitioner
  • Case # 1400578 In re the matter of: THE ANA MAE LAURENCE LIVING TRUST, U/A dated May 18, 2010
  • For petitioner

Associations

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Community Senior Services
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Exes -University of Texas Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Colorado College Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Leading Lawyers
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2018
  • Service Mark- Revocable Legacy Trust (c)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2017
  • Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Specialization
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • 2016 Inland Valley's Favorite Attorney
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2015 Inland Valley's Favorite Attorney
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • 2015
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • 2015 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Admission to Practice in the Central District of California
  • United States District Court
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Recognition - Summer Honor's
  • Attorney General of California
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • How to Choose an Estate Planning Attorney
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Geriatrics- Elder Law, a Broad Overview
  • Chaffey College
  • 2016
  • 25 Documents that Everyone Needs
  • VNA Hospice and Paliative Care
  • 2015
  • Corona Panel Discussion on Downsizing
  • The Corona Senior Center
  • 2015
  • Estate Plan Essentials
  • The James L. Brulte Senior Center
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Eases Transitions
  • The James L. Brulte Senior Center
  • 2015
  • The Difference Between Wills and Trusts
  • The James L. Brulte Senior Center
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (11)
Endorse Christopher
Trusts Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Scarcella and I have worked together on several trust matters. He has been professional and solution-oriented, which I appreciate when working with a colleague. I endorse Mr. Scarcella."
Estate planning Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a wonderful estate planning attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and cares about his clients. I confidently refer clients to him over and over again because I know he will treat them right and do an excellent job."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent estate planning attorney who is highly intelligent, compassionate, and an expert in his field. I refer clients to him without hesitation and he does an excellent job each and every time. I cannot endorse him highly enough."
Wills and living wills Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Scarcella for over a year now. He always impresses me with his professionalism and knowledge."
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