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Charlene L. Usher

Estate planning Attorney at Ontario, CA

4.8   20 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

Virtual consultation available

About Charlene

Learn Charlene’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Designing Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Special Needs Trusts and other documents that support the family or individual in the event of a disability or after death. Making provisions for guardianship of minors and designing strategic inheritance plans for children or grandchildren. Designing Special Needs Trusts for children or grandchildren receiving government benefits and services.

    13 years

  2. Probate
    30%
    Conservatorship of the person or estate of someone who is incapacitated or elderly (dimentia diagnosis). Transfer of assets according to the court process following the death of a loved one.

  3. Wills and living wills
    20%

I am passionate about helping families, individuals and business owners protect themselves during incapacity and plan for the disposition of their assets to whom they want, when they want and how they want when their life ends through proper ESTATE PLANNING. I pride myself on explaining how to avoid Probate and why you need the documents I'm recommending while giving you seasoned advice to help YOU make the decisions that are right for you. We go the extra mile to make sure your ESTATE PLAN is EFFECTIVE for you AND your family!

 

I also serve families of loved ones who have passed away through Estate Administration (handling the affairs when a Trust or Will was in place) OR through the maze of the PROBATE system when things were not handled or not handled properly. We hold your hand and make sure all loose ends are tied.

 

I also help adult children or other relatives obtain Conservatorship of the Person and/or Estate of their elderly relatives who may need help with their financial or medical affairs. 

 

I also help families of SPECIAL NEEDS children put the right documents in place so that their child or grandchild does not jeoparidze important government benefits and services due to receiving an inheritance. lawsuit settlement or insurance payout. 

 

Being a mom, daughter, sister, relative of a special needs person all make me sensitive to the issues people face and compassionate when giving my advice and recommendations. 

 

I love the beach, skiing, tennis and golf in my free time. Mostly, I love spending time witih my daughter and watching her grow and develop!

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Estate Planning & Probate Attorney Charlene L. Usher. Relatable, compassionate, experienced!
Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 08/08/2022

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Usher Law Group PC
3200 E. Guasti Rd. Suite 100
Ontario, CA, 91761
Usher Law Group, P. C.
6080 Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA, 90045
Usher Law Group, P. C.
879 W. 190th St. Suite 400
Gardena, CA, 90248
Usher Law Group, P. C.
11801 Pierce St. #200
Riverside, CA, 92505
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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by GRETCHEN & RACHEL | March 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Above and beyond what we expected
From the research my sister and I did prior to our appointment with Atty Usher, we were sure that we were getting someone experienced and well respected. However, the appointment with Atty Usher went surpassed what we had anticipated. She listened, she could answer our questions. She provided clear direction and insight. She is very warm and caring but a professional who knows what she is doing. We will seek her again for any family care issues that arise in the future.
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Posted by Halford | January 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Blessing from Heaven
You know that God loves you when She sends you an estate planning angel like Charlene Usher. We had a fairly complicated estate: three properties, 3-4 million in gross value, and now we can move to the end of our lives knowing that our property will be distributed the way we want; and what songs will be played at our Memorial Services. Thank you Attorney Usher!
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Posted by Jean | December 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning, Living Family Trust
After my first conversation with attorney Usher, I knew I had found the right person to start my estate planning. My hesitation was eased by her thorough communication. My questions were answered before I asked. I found the office staff always willing and helpful to me. I am thankful for a positive experience.
Posted by Lois | July 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Managing Member
She handled a unique trust matter for me with creativity, leveraging her vast experience in the area. She was very responsive and her staff is very professional.
Posted by Stephanie | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Helpful and Compassionate
I had never been through probate before and didn’t know what to expect after my dad passed away. Attorney Usher explained the process to me and has been available every step of the way along with her team, including her trusted realtor. This process could not have gone any more smoothly despite a few bumps in the road. It was comforting to have the right law firm assisting me. My family and I are so excited to complete our probate process in less than one year! I felt very lucky and blessed to have found her and her team to help me through this. I am from out of state and that added more stress to me but that was not a major issue or inconvenience. They helped me focus and prioritize on the important issues which was greatly appreciated during an emotional time. If your family ends up dealing with PROBATE, I highly recommend Usher Law Group to assist you.
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Posted by Desiree | September 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and compassionate!
I had never been through probate before and didn’t know what to expect. Attorney Usher explained the process to me and has been available every step of the way along with her team. Many unforeseen circumstances arose including issues with family members, the property in the estate and the court process. Attorney Usher and her team handled each one like the PROS they are. It took us three years to get to resolution, but I am so glad we worked with Usher Law Group and stayed the course to the finish line. If your family ends up dealing with PROBATE, I highly recommend Usher Law Group.
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Posted by Kimberly | August 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed by Usher Law Group's Help!
I am so pleased to have worked with attorney Charlene L. Usher and the TEAM at Usher Law Group. Despite the very long probate court process, they were there for me at every step. I appreciate the responsive communication and being kept in the loop about the progress of my case. My father wanted the best for me and I now have the benefit of his legacy. Thank you Usher Law Group!
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Posted by Antrel O Pride | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
396 Days from Petition to Final Accounting
I found Charlene Usher’s profile on this site Aug 8, 2016 and called her office. My initial consultation with Charlene Usher was 8/18/2016. As much as I was nervous, she was prepared and thoroughly explained the process of California Probate Laws. My biggest concern was the fact that I leave ~1400 miles away from Riverside County. Charlene reiterated the fact that a large percentage of her climate base for Probate case live outside the state of California. I immediately felt confident and please she was on my Team. Our strategy was simple, she showed me the timeline and explained key miles stone. In order for us to hit the timeline all she required is quick response to document require attention. Petition was file 8/31/16 followed by some hearings, the Letters of Administrations was granted in Nov2016. Once the Letter of Admin was granted. Charlene guided me on what documents she needed for filings, paired me with other members of her team to handle Administrating task and Real Estate Strategies. My schedule required me to travel 50% of the time Charlene understood that and had file of document available for me so I could review and expedite to her. If it was something she need immediately, she explained the urgency. Charlene and staff are extremely detailed and diligent at what they do for their clients. As clients, as long as we have fast response time and are prepared, this difficult emotional process came be accomplished in a timely manner. Without a doubt I would HIGHLY recommend Hiring Charlene Usher and Usher Law Group to handle Estate cases. They really did an outstanding Job representing Our Estate.
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Posted by Tiye | October 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional!
Having Ms. Usher as an advocate throughout the probate process has been a blessing. She and her team worked hard to navigate the complex probate system and ensure that everything was taken care of, including the sale of real property. I don't live in the county where the probate took place, but that was not a problem. Ms. Usher went above and beyond to accommodate my circumstances. She and her team were there for me at every step. Ms. Usher has deep knowledge in her area of expertise and it shows! Thank you Attorney Usher!
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Posted by Melissa | June 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate
Attorney Usher helped us to navigate the details of a Probate after my family and I had tried to handle it on our own. We discovered there were lots of details that required experience that we did not have. She was able to answer all our questions and made the process as easy as possible for my family and I . If you have a probate matter, I highly recommend Charlene. She is amazing!
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Posted by Arah | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Success!
Charlene was very helpful with her overall knowledge and expertise to assist my family with our probate case. Each step taken was carefully outlined for our understanding.
Posted by Anne | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, high quality, convenient
Ms. Usher and her team are top notch. Great service, expert advice and all the details handled. As a lawyer in another field, I appreciate how Ms. Usher is an expert in the estate planning while providing the highest level of customer service.
Posted by A. Williams | December 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Ms. Usher and her staff were above and beyond our expectations. Ms. Usher is an extremely thorough and patient attorney. She is available when needed as is Barbara (her assistant). This firm is professional, caring and will meet all your needs. I highly recommend Ms. Usher.
Posted by April | May 4, 2015
Excellent Customer Service
Attorney Usher and her team are very thorough and detail oriented. We appreciated their explanation of the various parts of our Estate Plan, the succinct recommendations and advice, and their thoughtfulness of ways to make our estate plan EFFECTIVE when needed. We also like the interaction with their office and feeling of being in a long term relationship, not just a transaction. We would recommend USHER LAW GROUP to our family and friends!
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Posted by Charles | January 16, 2015
My best laser encounter
Ms. Usher made me change my view of lawyers. She was on top of her game, knowledgable, prompt, and had good follow through with handling my issues. I was very pleased with her service and the office contacts. You won't be disappointed by choosing her service.
Posted by Queen | December 29, 2014
Attorney Charlene Usher
We thought we had our affairs in order when we began working with Attorney Usher on a Conservatorship mater. However, her thought-provoking questions led us to discover we were not protected from Probate or being subject to Conservatorship ourselves. She and her staff go above and beyond to make sure that we have an EFFECTIVE Estate Plan and that it is FUNDED properly. She also makes sure that we UNDERSTAND and did not overwhelm us with lawyer-speak! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants their affairs put in order properly and thorougnly with someone who will listen and answer all of your questions!
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Posted by Tami | December 23, 2014
She came to my office!
I attended one of Ms. Usher's presentations and I was struck by her honesty and her personal story. It was very infomative and left me with an overwhelming feeling that I needed to make sure my affairs were in order. I have cousins who should benefit, half siblings who should not and a church that I want to continue to support. The Usher Law Group provided me with the service I needed. Charlene says that just because you "talk" about what's going to happen after you pass, doesn't mean you're going to pass any sooner. That took the fear out of it and allowed me to focus on the importance of avoiding unnecessary probate costs.
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Posted by Smita | October 3, 2014
The Best!
Charlene was wonderful with helping us with our Estate Plan. She explained everything in detail and made the process easy for us. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and was always available for us. I would recommend her without reservation. She is the best!
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2014
Compassionate & Effective Estate Planning Attorney
Ms. Usher was very calm. We were so happy to work with her to establish our Estate Plan. She was thorough and paid attention to details, even the ones we did not think of! We feel like we are part of the Usher Law Group family, not a transaction. We are confident that attorney Usher and her firm will be here for us and our family when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Condescending and lacked professionalism
I was referred to this firm through my families life long CPA. We trust him and he has shown nothing less then professionalism in the 30 plus year of work with him, so we moved forward with his suggestion. The first interaction with the firm was ambiguous and unclear of the next steps to set up a consultation. Initially, I emailed them for them to reach out to me. I did not hear anything so I called them (i had to follow up with a phone call on all of my interactions with the firm) to indicate my interest in family assets protection. I was instructed that I should set up a consultation. I was apprehensive because I was not sure if I needed there services. I asked additional questions. I was told I could only ask the lawyer these questions and I would have to pay $350 (which I was told was discounted :/) to ask the questions. I would like to emphasize the secretary was always condescending and rude in all of our phone interactions. I paid the money and when the appointment which was via conference call (which I also feel is unprofessional, lacked personal connections). I join the call on time and the attorney was 8 minutes late and did not apologize for her tardiness (extremely unprofessional). After 5 minutes of me speaking to the attorney, I know the services they offered were not what I needed. However, I was made to feel like I did not know what I wanted. One incident when I was explaining what I wanted, I was told since I did not have assets amounting to Will Smith, I would not need those services. Additionally, I was told since I was not an attorney, I was not knowledgeable of what I needed. This was insulting and lacked customer service and professional. This was the worst experience I’ve had with an attorney. I wanted to support a black business instead of going through my employer which would likely not be a black business, but my experience was so horrible, I am just going to go through my employer. I would never never never recommend Usher Law Group to anyone. If I could give them less then 1 star I would. Horrible.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Attorney
  • Usher Law Group, P. C.
  • 2001 - Present

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of The Law
  • 1996
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • B.S.
  • 1991

Associations

  • Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Life Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • CABL
  • Life Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • BWL Los Angeles
  • Life Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • R.T. Fields Bar Association
  • Founding President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • John M. Langston Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Legislation Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • National Bar Association (Region IX)
  • Commercial Law Section Board Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • BWL Los Angeles
  • Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
  • CABL
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • BWL Los Angeles
  • Chair, Community Action Committee
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Diversity Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012
  • Women Leaders In Law
  • The Recorder
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2004

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Parent Support Group Meeting
  • Special Needs Trusts: How to Protect & Provide for Our Special Needs Family Member
  • 2014
  • Meeting
  • Special Needs Planning for Financial Advisors
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (42)
Probate Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Usher are consistently perceptive, accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Some attorneys understand the laws well. Some understand people well. Charlene Usher has a long history of understanding both."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Ontario Estate planning Lawyer Charlene L. Usher
Charlene L. Usher
Estate planning Attorney
Ontario, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Virtual consultation available