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Gary Willis Powell

Probate Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   8 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1975
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gary

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Practice areas

Fairness and a commitment to providing his clients with honest, conscientious representation are the qualities that drive Attorney Gary Powell to excel in his legal career. He has practiced law in the San Diego area since 1975, focusing on Estate Planning, Probate, Trust and Family Law. These areas of law are uniquely related, giving Gary a solid background for helping clients deal with important family issues.

Law Office of Gary W. Powell
Today, clients in San Diego County visit the Law Office of Gary W. Powell to develop personal Estate Planning, and to deal with family Probate and Trust matters. His broad legal experience in the areas of family law and estate planning give him unique insight for dealing with family dynamics and issues that come up that involve families. He understands these matters are not especially easy to work out, and are often filled with emotion, times when his level-headed approach is most important to his clients.

Attorney Gary Powell
Working to resolve legal matters fairly is a goal common to clients and to Attorney Gary Powell. His calm and honest approach to the practice of law allows Gary to be the legal friend clients need and trust. He works closely with clients, giving them the same fair and respectful treatment he would want to receive. Together, he and his clients develop legal documents and strategies that protect and help families remain strong over time. When his legal assistance is required, clients know that he is the one who will answer their questions and their phone calls.

San Diego Attorney
When people visit the law office of San Diego Attorney Gary Powell, they come with diverse needs that involve important family issues. Estate Planning is a major concern of many people, especially those with high net worth. Everyone should have plans to protect and preserve the assets and property they have worked so hard to get. Creating a simple Will or Trust is an excellent way to give some security to your family in case you are incapacitated or after you die. Many families face a confusing time struggling with Probate if these minimal estate plans are not in place when needed, but Gary can help manage this issue also.

Visit the Law Office of Gary W. Powell, San Diego, CA, to discuss your need for Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts that benefit your family. Call Gary now for honest, conscientious legal representation you can trust!


Gary Willis Powell
1475 6th Ave Ste 501
San Diego, CA, 92101


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Val | February 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Estate Planning Attorney
I remain grateful for my dentist’s enthusiastic recommendation to attorney Gary Powell for estate planning, an important item that had remained on my to-do-list for years. I was confident Gary would be competent and professional. Still, I’m delighted he absolutely exceeded my expectations! From my first of many phone calls to many e-mail exchanges to the final signing of my estate plan, Gary provided informative and sound guidance. Equally important, he was always extremely patient with my multitude of questions and just as patiently explained legal terms and concepts in a way that was easily understood. Gary was clearly committed to constructing an estate plan that was right for me. I am eternally grateful for his estate planning expertise, kind professionalism, and very reasonable cost. I will continue to enthusiastically refer Gary to family and friends for all of their estate planning needs! Consistent with his online profile, “Fairness and a commitment to providing his clients with honest, conscientious representation are the qualities that drive Attorney Gary Powell to excel in his legal career.”
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Posted by A.T. | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Created Family Trust, Titled assets,
Gary Powell was cordial and professional in assisting us with Estate Planning. He provided sound advice in areas that we had not thought about. My spouse works with many attorneys and was aware of his reputation as a trusted professional. Highly recommended.
Posted by Daniel | January 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All of our trust documents prepared at a very reasonable price
When my partner and I decided to formalize our estate planning and establish a trust we contacted several lawyers and found a wide range in prices. Gary was recommended by a good friend and his rate was very reasonable. He offered all of the same services as lawyers charging twice as much. We met with him and found him to be knowledgeable, answering all of our questions in language we could understand. He clearly outlined the steps needed to create the trust and was always available when we had questions about the drafts. We ended up with exactly what we were looking for and were very happy with Gary's professionalism. I would highly recommend Gary to anyone looking for estate planning, he went above and beyond our expectations.
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Posted by Steve & Vivien | July 26, 2013
Responsive, knowledgeable, friendly, well-priced -- what more could you ask?
After a bad experience with a lawyer previous to meeting Gary, it was extremely refreshing to work with someone so knowledgeable and responsive. Gary is a straight-forward, friendly guy who really knows his stuff. I worked with him on completing a modification to my grandmother's living trust, as well as creating a pour-over will. His fees were very competitive at $250/hr, and I think very cheap relative to his experience. Our total cost was only $300, which is half what my previous lawyer wanted to charge, and I'm sure well below most other lawyers. He explained things very clearly and was extremely thorough. He also completed everything in a day or two. I couldn't ask for a better experience and I enthusiastically recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2012
Estate Planning
Gary is straight-forward and thoughtful. My husband and I have worked with him over a long period of time and have complete confidence in his handling of our estate.
Posted by Deborah | March 25, 2010
Look no further!
We met Gary after being referred by trusted friends when we needed to establish an estate plan. He was personable, honest and very knowledgeable of the law and its (potential) impact on our family. Gary worked quickly to put together our documents prior to my husband's deployment and explained the process thoroughly. We would certainly recommend him to others and are glad to have him in our network of trusted professionals.
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Posted by Sumner | March 19, 2010
Pre Neptuals / Guardianship
I love that Gary answers his own phone! So, I know I can get a response from him timely. Attitude and courtesy accompany his thorough knowledge of my legal needs and at a fair price.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2009
Client Review
Very pleased with the entire experience. Gary guided me through the process and developed an estate plan that precisely met my needs.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gary W. Powell
  • 1978 - Present


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • North Dakota State Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1966


  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Chair, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Chair, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee 2014, Member 09-14
  • 2009 - 2014
  • State Bar of California
  • Member, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
  • 2002 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • When you can't make your own healthcare decisions
  • Panel member discussing advanced directives
  • 2017
  • Arbitrator Advanced Training
  • Attorney Client Fee Arbitration
  • 2017
  • End of Life Decisions
  • Estate Planning - "You Can't Take It With You"
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Gary
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Gary Powell. Gary is extremely knowledgeable in wills, trusts, and estate planning. He is easy to work with, and has very reasonable rates."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Probate Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Gary is very knowledgeable and always willing to assist in answering all sorts of questions and issues in the probate arena. I look upon him as the "Probate Answer Man"."
San Diego Probate Lawyer Gary Willis Powell
Gary Willis Powell
Probate Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 48 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available