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Christopher John Albence

Trusts Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

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Practice areas
  1. Trusts

    31 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Estate planning

    31 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Litigation
    Trust, Estate and Probate Litigation

    30 years, 350 cases

  4. Probate

    31 years, 300 cases

  5. Wills and living wills

    31 years, 2,000 cases

Christopher Albence is the founding member and managing partner of the firm of Albence & Associates, APC, established in 1994. Mr. Albence's practice concentrates on wills, trusts, probate, elder law, and advocacy for senior citizen's legal rights. He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Albence's first legal position was as an associate attorney for Senior Citizens Legal Services and Complete Estate Services, both non-profit organizations. He has conducted numerous seminars and speaking engagements on estate planning and financial protection of the elderly. Mr. Albence's business, financial and legal background have created a practice that consists of all facets of estate planning, trust administration, trust and estate litigation. Mr. Albence was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University, with a B.S. in Finance and obtained his J.D. at California Western School of Law.

Mr. Albence's organization affiliations include the California State Bar, State Bar Board of Specialization - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate, 2003-2005 chair of the San Diego Bar Association Trust and Probate Section, 1997-1998 President South Bay Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the La Jolla Bar Association, the South Bay Bar Association, the California State Bar Trust and Probate Section, the San Diego County Bar Trust and Probate Section, the La Jolla Bar Trust and Probate Section; California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, former board member of the South Bay Bar Association, former Board of Directors for the South Bay Lawyer Referral Service and Board of Directors La Jolla Bar Association.

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Albence & Associates, APC
7777 Fay Avenue.
Suite. 205
San Diego, CA, 92037
Albence & Associates, APC
231 Fourth Ave
Chula Vista, CA, 91910
Albence & Associates, APC
7777 Alvarado Rd
Suite 284
La Mesa, CA, 91942
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Posted by Jeffrey | March 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful
I had a very complex probate litigation matter. Originally, I asked Chris to write up a 50/50 distribution. After research, Mr Albence told me I am entitled to the entire estate. What a fantastic financial result. I inherited an additional $300,000.00 because of Mr Albence's thorough knowledge of California Probate law and tough negotiating skills.
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Posted by Clem | February 11, 2017
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Setting up wills, trust, and estate planning
My wife and I were way overdue to revise our wills and set up a family trust. We found Christopher Albence through a friend and retained Chris to craft a new estate plan. We are extremely pleased with the result. Chris does a very thorough and meticulous job. He answered all of our questions with patience and good humor. Chris is very approachable and easy to work with. We felt that the cost was quite reasonable. Chris's firm is centrally located in downtown old La Jolla in very attractive offices. The underground parking is validated. We would highly recommend Chris Albence to anyone.
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Posted by Geri | September 27, 2016
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Knowledge and patience ...
My husband and I were updating a 2011 Trust and associated documents. Chris patiently listened to our background stories (and took notes) and capably answered our questions in a friendly manner, both in the office and via email (for the ones we forgot to ask in the office!). We appreciated the convenience of meeting with him in his Chula Vista office. Despite our tendency to procrastinate, Chris hung in there and the documents were recently completed. We have already recommended to a friend of ours; that says it all!
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Posted by Linda & Bill | May 3, 2015
Knowledgeable and Honest
Our first encounter with Chris was dealing with my Grandmother's estate when she passed. We had issues that were complicated and he helped us thru the entire process. He is professional and sincere. We have since decided to have Chris complete our Living Trust package even though we live out of town, because we feel he is honest and knowledgeable. We highly recommend Chris and his staff.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2015
Professional and resouceful
I met Chris in 1998 when he was voluntarily offering estate planning information at our neighborhood senior center. He set up trusts for my parents and for my husband and me. He guided me through the administration of these trusts. He has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of estate planning and his manner is professional and caring. I would recommend Chris with complete confidence.
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Posted by Dorothy | February 28, 2015
Dorothy - Trust Client
After having several nightmare experiences with greedy dishonest trust attorneys who prey on clients who are new to the unscrupulous practices of some lawyers. I was relieved when I found Attorney Christopher Albence to draft a separate property trust for me. He paid attention to details, listened carefully to my specific trust requests and gave me understandable legal guidance. He also reviewed a trust my husband and I have together and found a very important page missing, voiding our family trust. Basically you hire Mr. Albence to do a job and he gets the job done and his fees are reasonable.
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Posted by Sarah | April 28, 2014
My sisters and I recommend Chris Albence
We were referred to Chris to help get all the necessary papers in order for our aging mother. We were very confused as to what we needed but he helped us get her will, power of attorney, and health care proxy in place. What was so great was that our mother ended up needing last minute surgery so under a time crunch Chris got all her documents finished while under time pressure.
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Posted by John | March 18, 2014
I highly recommend Chris Albence for Estate Planning and Probate Litigation
I have used Chris and his associates to provide estate planning services to my clients and friends, and I have grown to greatly trust and depend on his skills and judgment. Chris listens carefully to understand his clients' needs and then puts together plans that make sense, even in complex situations. He is also a board certified specialist in estate planning, which is important to me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2013
Excellent Trust Lawyer
Chris is very knowledgeable with the applicable laws as was evident when he set up our trust and related estate planning documents. He explained everything clearly in non-legal language, offered suggestions and pointed out issues that we hadn't considered, and gave practical advice. He was quick to respond to questions, yet patient when we took a little longer than expected to get back to him. I've recommended him to several friends and all have thanked me. His follow up after my wife passed away has been first-rate and truly sympathetic. Very reasonable fees and first rate service.
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Posted by RB | February 7, 2013
Client Review
I have worked with a number of attorneys over the years and I was impressed from start to finish with Chris's service and knowledge.
Posted by Mike & Shirley | April 26, 2012
My wife and I would recommend Chris Albence
Our individual wills and trust were uncomplicated, but still involved numerous related documents. Chris gave my wife and I an ample amount of consultation time (we didn't feel rushed). He answered all of our questions and was prompt in producing the final documents. His fees were reasonable for the personal expertise involved.
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Posted by Helen | March 15, 2012
Estate Planning
Chris produces legal documents that are easy to read and understand and address my individual needs. My husband and I started using him in the mid 1990s and now that my husband has passed, and I am 87, having Chris taking care of me and my estate planning is a comfort as I have complete confidence in him and our years of working together.
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Posted by Ronald | March 8, 2012
Trust Attorney Review
My wife and I met with 3 trust attorneys before making our final decision. Chris Albence was recommended by our CPA and has a close relationship with our Investment Advisor at Wells Fargo so he had solid recommendations from the beginning. We were not disappointed. Mr. Albence is an excellent, highly competent trust attorney with solid experience and credentials. And he was very easy to communicate with...especially when explaining legal terms unfamiliar to us. Our trust was very complicated. It involved not only real estate, a premarital agreement, Bypass and QTIP trusts but other special circumstances which Mr. Albence customized and adjusted to our specific needs. One of the things we both appreciated was his integrity and candid advice, often pointing out things we had never considered. If you need a highly skilled legal professional to handle your trust, my wife and I recommend him. And in this tight economy, we also found his legal fee to be fair and competitive.
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Posted by Daniel and Patricia | March 7, 2012
Impressive and very professional
Chris has been invaluable. We had a unique situation involving eldercare and providing financial support while my mother was in assisted living. He helped us with the very involved paperwork needed to get a loan on her home, ie, a new trust, quitclaims etc. He was incredibly patient with us as we asked endless questioms. He also gave us good information regarding keeping my mother Medical eligible. We found him to be a person with outstanding listening skills and an obvious knowledge of the area of eldercare law. As we said earlier, we found his counsel invaluable and would recommend him to anybody struggling with the complex issues of eldercare. He was exceptional!
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  • California Western School of Law.
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
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  • State Bar of California
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  • San Diego County Bar Association
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  • La Jolla Bar Association
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  • South Bay Bar Association (LA)
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  • Trust and Probate Section
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  • Trust and Probate Section
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  • The La Jolla Bar Trust ----Trust and Probate Section
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2008
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Section
  • Elder Law
  • 2007

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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"On several occasions I have referred clients to Chris for estate planning services. He is my "go to" estate attorney in San Diego and I trust his skills and judgment. Chris is attentive to detail, practical, and a board certified specialist."
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San Diego Trusts Lawyer Christopher John Albence
Christopher John Albence
Trusts Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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