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Teddy Robert McNamara

Probate Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Teddy R McNamara, Teddy McNamara


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Teddy Robert McNamara

Attorney at Law

Law Office of Teddy R. McNamara

313 Laurel Street

San Diego, CA 92101

Office:, Fax:

* Second Office in Coronado, CA*

Estate Planning, Probate, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, Wills and Trusts Disputes and Business Succession Planning  

Education
JD, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, cum laude, 2005, Bar License: California
BA, Clemson University, cum laude, 1995

 

Experience
Teddy Robert McNamara has his own law practice Through his practice,  Teddy  prepares living trusts for Teachers, Plumbers & Pipefitters, United Food & Commercial Workers’, Iron Workers, Teamsters, County and City of San Diego Employees, Communications Workers of America, and members of countless other unions. Teddy also prepares estate plans for clients from all parts of San Diego County.

He is a regular speaker at numerous companies and unions here in San Diego. Teddy’s donates his time to go to places where people work and belong to conduct seminars on Estate Planning. Since 2006 Teddy has conducted over 75 seminars in San Diego County. A few of the places where he presented include, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar's Transition Program, City of Poway, City of Chula Vista, Qualcomm, Intuit, City of Oceanside, Maxwell Technologies Inc., Francis Parker School, Caci, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, Lockhead Martin, FBI, San Diego Research Foundation, Caltrans, Nokia, Mitchell International, Nokia, La Mesa Council on Aging, Chula Vista Council on Aging and Charlotte Russe to name a few. If you know of a company or place where people belong who would benefit from a seminar on Estate Planning, please contact Teddy at the number or email listed below.

 In the course of his practice, Teddy maintains a personal touch with his clients.  Quite simply put, Teddy’s clients are considered friends.  Each and every client receives an extremely high-quality customized estate plan, which is specifically designed to meet his/her needs.

 

Teddy’s practice is limited to estate planning, trust and probate administration, estate and gift taxation, guardianship and conversatorship law and personal injury law.

On the rare occasion that Teddy’s clients’ require legal advice, which is outside the scope of his practice, an appropriate list of affiliate counsels are provided, who also share his philosophy of providing the highest caliber of legal services at a reasonable cost.

 

While attending law school with two small children and a wife working full time at night as a Registered Nurse, Teddy worked as a law clerk in the Legal Department for Sharp Healthcare.  During Teddy’s last year of law school, he worked as a law clerk for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Upon graduation from law school Teddy continued to work at CAMFT and moved into a Staff Attorney position with CAMFT upon passing the California State Bar. Upon leaving CAMFT to explore new areas of law Teddy worked for Asaro Keagy Freeland & Mckinley, an Eminent Domain and Real Property Litigation Law Firm here in San Diego since 1965. While working at Asaro Keagy Freeland & Mckinley, Teddy also worked with Frank Griswold, an Estate Planning Attorney here in San Diego since 1973. Soon thereafter Teddy assumed full responsibility for Frank Griswold’s practice and has focused exclusively on estate planning matters since that time.  In 2008 Teddy purchased the law practice of attorney Linda Schumacher. Linda has been practicing in the area of estate planning, probate and trust administration for over 15 years.  

 

Practice Areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Law , Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Business.  

 

 

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Law Office of Teddy R. McNamara
313 Laurel Street
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

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Posted by Terri | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust administration
Eight years ago, my family contracted with Teddy McNamara to amend my father's trust upon his death. Teddy's work back then assured that we returned to him eight years later when my Mom passed away. Teddy was attentive and very responsive in dealing with the administration of my Mom's trust/estate, which involved long-distance tasks/signing papers. In addition, Teddy was very available at all times (particularly on weekends and after hours), and was personable. We shared travel information, which was a welcome diversion from all of the tasks at hand! We greatly appreciated this aspect. Administration of my Mom's estate was timely and quick, which is how I wanted it to be. The only recommendation I would make is that documents be reviewed a bit more thoroughly before going to the client, i.e. spelling and correct names. A quick re-check before sending documents out would probably suffice.
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Posted by Jessica | April 20, 2017
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A Trusted Friend
Teddy is not only an excellent lawyer, he is genuinely one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is a hard worker and takes great pride in running an honest business. He single-handedly turned around the most difficult time of my life and I now consider him a trusted friend. Since then, he has referred me to a number of other business professionals, all of whom exhibit his same work ethic and personal touch.
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Posted by Deanna | August 19, 2015
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Professional and helpful!
My husband and I appreciate the professional and helpful service from Teddy McNamara. It was our first time getting a trust and Teddy made it easy for us.
Posted by Ron and Suzanne | August 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
estate planning
Very PERSONABLE! Teddy thoroughly answered all our questions and was quick to respond to emails or phone calls. His complete answers made us feel confident in our decisions. Follow up contacts did not require additional fees. Teddy quickly reviewed and advised us on any extra forms we needed. We highly recommend his service.
Posted by Michelle | August 17, 2015
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He's Great!
Teddy is not just a trust attorney; he is there for you as a resource for any type of attorney needed. In addition, he seems as though he cares, not just someone who is doing their job. Thanks, Teddy!
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2015
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Avvo review of Teddy McNamara
Mr. McNamara has been very accessible. He is very knowledgeable, communicates well with us in non-legalese discussions, and makes adequate time to discuss our issues and legal documents. The only suggestion I would make is to encourage him to get his work back to us a little quicker.
Posted by Alice | August 13, 2015
Professional and knowledgeable
I was referred to Mr. McNamara by a friend whose opinion I trusted. I wasn't disappointed. Mr. McNamara was very professional, knowledgeable, thorough in his handling of my situation, and was responsive to phone calls and emails. He has helped me immensely. In fact, I tell people that he changed my life. I'm glad he's in my corner!
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Posted by Steve & Robert | August 11, 2015
Trusted, efficient, honest attorney
We knew we needed a trust, but we delayed because it's neither inexpensive nor a very fun thing to do. Once we committed to it, Teddy was the perfect choice. No high pressure, just honest advice. He was efficient, kind, timely and a pleasure to work with. Now that it's done, we sleep more easily knowing our affairs are in order in the event something unexpected happens. We like him so much we trusted him to refer us to another attorney for an unrelated legal matter. When his first suggestion didn't pan out, he quickly gave us another lead that has been a big help. Teddy is the best!
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Posted by Solomon | August 11, 2015
will and trust update
we had teddy do an update on our trust and wills and we are glad we did. he brought us up to date to the latest lawa and gave us great advise that will ensure an easy passage to our kids when the time comes. he is smart, friendly and very personable
Posted by Ludo Boinnard | August 10, 2015
a MUST
Friendly, Very knowledgeable, high attention to details and the client's best interests in mind are what qualify best Teddy McNamara. I am grateful that my Corporate lawyer recommended him to me.
Posted by Edna | August 10, 2015
Someone you can trust
I recommend Teddy for any of your estate planning needs. Teddy has helped me, my husband and my Mom and Dad. I’ve also recommended him to several of my friends. Teddy is extremely knowledgeable…he. answers all my questions fully. He is someone you can trust!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2015
As if he is my brother
Teddy was the most honest and helpful attorney I could have ever hoped for. He listens and provides answers. I've never felt so comfortable and secure after having to rebuild my life after divorce. He provides a confidence that you are in the right hands, like a brother.
Posted by Christopher Workman | February 13, 2011
One of San Diego's Best
Teddy is bright, caring and professional. He is creative and tenacious. I have worked with him on several cases and he always works tirelessly to get the best possible result for our clients.
Posted by LINDA | November 18, 2009
Family Trust amendments
Teddy was enlightening to work with, despite the fact he hadn't drafted our original family trust. He also advised me on another trust I was helping to settle. We consider him very personable and would recommend him to others for related issues.
Posted by Jeanie | November 17, 2009
An excellent lawyer
We went to Teddy McNamara to have him help us with two trusts. We had been two other lawyers for this same assistance but neither of them followed through with us, and allowed us to drop the ball and never finish. Teddy was very supportive, structured, kind, knowledgeable and persistent. He gently kept us on task and made sure that we took all the proper steps. The documents he produced for us were impeccable. Besides being knowledgeable and assisting us, he was also friendly and caring. He seemed sincerely interested in us as people and in our situation. I recommend him most highly.
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Posted by Dale | November 17, 2009
Knowledgable and Trustworthy
Teddy took over an estate planning practice from our previous attorney. We knew we needed to update our trust but not sure what parts. Teddy walked us through the process and advised us on what needed to be changed and what didn't. We found Teddy to be very easy to work with, very knowledgable, and we easily trusted Teddy to make sure our estate was protected.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Teddy R. McNamara
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Asaro Keagy Freeland and McKinley
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Clemson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Trust Dispute
  • 4 million dollar settlement
  • Murder Probate Case
  • Life insurance proceeds paid to Estate of the victim.

Associations

  • California Teachers Association Region IV
  • GLS Attorney for Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Asscoiation
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Cum Laude
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2005
  • Cum Laude
  • Clemson University
  • 1995

Publications

  • The Worker- UFCW Local 135
  • The Advanatges of a Revocable Trust-Centered Estate Plan
  • 2009
  • The Therapist
  • So, You Want to Sell Your Practice
  • 2006
  • The Therapist
  • MFTs Working as Vendors for Regional Centers: What You Need To Know
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2016
  • Qualcomm
  • Trust Administration 101
  • 2016
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning and Elder issues
  • 2015
  • SDEA Retired Chapter
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2015
  • Met Life
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2015
  • AFT Retired Chapter
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2015
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning for Young Parents with Children
  • 2015
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning for International Persons
  • 2014
  • ConAm Management
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2014
  • Cuyamaca College-AFT Local 1931
  • Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate
  • 2014
  • Mesa College-AFT Local 1931
  • Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate
  • 2014
  • Miramar College-AFT Local 1931
  • Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate
  • 2014
  • Con Am Management Corp
  • Living Trusts and Trust Administrations
  • 2014
  • Quantum
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2013
  • City College College-AFT Local 1931
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2013
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning and Property Taxes
  • 2013
  • Quantum
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning- International Client focus
  • 2012
  • American Federation Teachers Union
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Qualcomm Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Rock Star San Diego Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • SEIU Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Poway Fire Station 3922 IAFF Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Pfenex, Inc. Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • OPEIU Local 30 Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • AFT The Guild Local 1931
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Qualcomm
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Mitchell International
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • CTA Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • CWA Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Caltrans Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • UFCW Local 135 Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Maxwell Technologies Estate Planning seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • San Diego Research Foundation Esate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • FBI Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • City of Oceanside
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • CACI
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Northop Grumman
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Qualcomm Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2007
  • City of Chula Vista Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2007
  • City of Poway Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2007
  • Francis Parker School
  • Estate Planning
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Teddy is incredibly knowledgeable, effective and personable. I am a family law attorney, and estate planning goes hand-in-hand with my practice area. I feel extremely confident referring clients and friends to Teddy, and have always received feedback that my referrals are well looked after by Teddy."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The 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."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teddy has an incredibly positive reputation in the legal community as he always provides his clients with the utmost in legal representation while effectively advocating the position of his clients. I have had the honor of working with him in a handful of matters and have always enjoyed not only his sharp legal skills but professionalism throughout. As such, I would not hesitate in referring people to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have referred many clients to Teddy for estate planning services and have always received wonderful feedback from those clients. Teddy is dedicated and sensitive to his clients needs. He is always willing to go the extra mile and provides excellent service. I highly endorse Teddy."
Wills and living wills Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teddy is an extremely thorough lawyer. He has a tremendous amount of compassion and patience which is a definite plus in the wills & trusts arena. It's not uncommon to see Teddy giving wills & trusts seminars all over the county, as he is knowledgeable and articulate and sought after to educate communities regarding the importance of a will & trust."
Trusts Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Teddy is a dedicated, ethical and hard-working attorney."
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