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Judith May Copeland

Probate Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1974
    Active No misconduct found

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Copeland & Tierman, LLP
1230 Columbia Street Suite 680
San Diego, CA, 92101

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4.9 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Bob | November 3, 2009
Legal Eagle
Absolutely fabulous. Very impressive. Attention to detail. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of the process. Could not imagine doing this without her.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2009
The Best of the Best
I've worked with Judy on several cases and have found her to be a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgable, thorough, patient and considerate. She takes a real interest in her clients and the circumstances they are facing. She handles even the most challenging circumstances professionally, rationally and successfully. She's a great find.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2009
Fortunate Client
My wife and I have known Judy for more than 25 years. We have used her services through out those years for our Wills, Trust, Probate and Guardianship and feel very fortunate to be one of her clients.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2009
Knowledable, caring, and wise
Judith Copeland was instrumental in resolving matters that had been on going for years. If not for her keen insight and professional skills there may have never been a resolution. She genuinely cares about her clients and is a great advocate for them.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2009
Professional But With A Personal Touch, Experienced, Compassionate
Ms. Copeland has not only the professional tools necessary to navigate estate planning, but she anticipates any possible problems/issues that may come up in estate planning. Thorough and very personable, she truly is an advocate for her clients. One cannot find a finer professional on their side than Ms. Copeland.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2009
Professional in every way and really knows her stuff
My wife and I needed to have our trust and estate planning updated since our marriage last year. Judy sat with us, took notes on everything we had together and compiled our new trust for us. We couldn't be happier with the job she and her staff did and we would highly recommend her. Thank you Judy!
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2009
Taking care of business
I have found Judy to be very decisive and professional in her manner of doing business. She gets right to the point - a "no nonsense approach". She is very clear in her feedback, which has been invaluable when you are in the middle of an emotionally charged and difficult situation.
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • AB
  • 1970


  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Director
  • 1987 - 1988
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 1983 - 1986
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Director
  • 1980 - 1983
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Honors and Awards

  • Belva Lockwood Award
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
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  • Alumnus of the Year
  • Hastings College of the Law (SD Chapter)
  • N/A
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • San Diego County Bar Assoc.
  • N/A


  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • California Will Drafting
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  • Durable Powers of Attorney/CEB
  • Chapter
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego County Bar, Probate Section
  • Law practice management, MediCal qualifying
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  • Judicial College
  • MediCal qualifying
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  • Continuing Ed of Bar
  • Ethics, Probate, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Practice Management
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
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."
Trusts Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have served opposite Ms. Copeland in both probate and conservatorship matters and was impressed by her insight, professionalism, and zealous advocacy for her clients."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judith is a fantastic educator of other lawyers. I've had the pleasure of being a student in a session where she taught about 40 lawyers. I was very impressed by her mastery of the material and by her effectiveness as an educator. I know Judy to have a stellar reputation in the local bar and it is always a pleasure to learn from her."
Probate Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've sent Judy some very complex matters and she certainly has the talent, smarts, and ability to relate to clients and other lawyers in a way that gets the job very well done. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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