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Melissa Hillary Lum

Probate Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Represent clients in probate administration and probate disputes.

  2. Trusts
    Advocate for clients in the trustee or beneficiary capacity during trust administration and trust disputes.

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Advise small business owners concerning business start up matters such as entity formation (corporations and LLCs), contracts, and employment considerations.

  4. Guardianship
    Assist clients in obtaining guardianships and conservatorships of the person and the estate to protect and care for loved ones.

  5. Estate planning
    Work with clients to plan for the future and security of their family and assets through preparation of trusts, wills, powers of attorney and health care directives.

I help families and small business gain security through estate and business planning.  My estate planning services include a complimentary consultation and a customized will or trust based plan that will allow you to control who will make financial and healthcare decisions for you if you are unable, and how and when your assets are distributed to your beneficiaries.  Your plan will take into account your family dynamics, your concerns about potential disagreements amongst family members and friends, and your family planning objectives.  My goal is to assist clients in acheiving a smooth transition of their estates through proper planning and sound advice.

My full service offerings also include representation in legal disputes involving wills, trusts, probate, guardianships, and conservatorships.  It is not always possible to avoid family disputes concerning the validity of wills and trusts, the way that a parent or loved ones assets are being distributed, and/or managing a parent or child's finances and healthcare decisions.  When those disputes arise, I'll act as your legal advocate and help you resolve the matter.

My business services include advising small businesses regarding a variety of issues from start up to wind down.  I handle corporate or limited liability company (LLC) formation, contract drafting, conversion, sale and wind down of businesses.  I also assist with succession planning which can be part of a client's estate planning goals. 

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The Dean Law Group, APLC
3990 Old Town Avenue Ste C-303
San Diego, CA, 92110

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Posted by Laura | August 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Competent, capable, experienced contract advice
Melissa assisted my husband and me with some complex items of a property lease agreement. It was very clear that Melissa is adept in contract law. Her communication and timeliness were stellar, and the issues that she identified and helped us successfully negotiate literally saved us from significant problems down the road. I would and will hire Melissa again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
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Efficient, thorough and great communicator
A friend recommended Melissa to me, and I hired Melissa after our consultation. Melissa was able to review my situation regarding contracts and provide me with effective advice. She was extremely thorough and was able to provide an objective analysis of my situation. Melissa always responded quickly to my emails, and is a great communicator. I highly recommend Melissa!
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Posted by AJ | April 21, 2018
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Effective and Efficient
I have used Melissa's legal guidance/expertise multiple times for a variety of issues and all were handled with tact, effectiveness (ideal outcomes), and efficiency. She communicates well throughout the issues, helped mitigate my level of stress, and gave details that eased my mind. I have continued to consult her for smaller legal related issues and always content with her services.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2018
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Melissa is very thorough, responsive and knowledgeable
Melissa has successfully helped me set up my first start up business from the ground up. She has been such an asset, from helping me to secure a long term lease, to dealing with complex financial and construction issues. She has saved me tens of thousands of dollars already. Melissa is great at anticipating my needs, keeping me current with other small business practices/labor laws and provides excellent planning advice. She is also creating specific business contracts, imperative for the success of my operation. Her legal expertise and knowledge has let me make smarter business decisions and with confidence. I feel more at ease and financially protected which is huge for a small business owner. She is personable, prompt, thorough and very responsive. I have already referred her services to others and I am so thankful to have her watching my back.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • The Dean Law Group, APLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Goode, Hemme & Barger, APC
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Watkins Firm, Apc
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • HainesLaw
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Danielle P. Barger, APC
  • 2008 - 2010
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA
  • 2001


  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Probate Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Women in eDiscovery
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Junior League of San Diego
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leaders in Law, Finalist
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2019
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego Paralegal Association's Bridging the Gap
  • Nightmare on Ethics Street
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a quality attorney that takes special care to connect with her clients and determine a reasonable approach towards resolution of her cases. She works extremely well with opposing counsel."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa has great attention to detail and is a great advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable in employment and business law. I would recommend her for my business clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Melissa for several years and have found her to be very knowledgeable and competent. She represents clients with great zeal, passion and professionalism. I have asked Melissa to handle discovery for me and both my clients and I were more than satisfied with her work product. I refer business clients to Melissa with great confidence."
Business Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."

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San Diego Probate Lawyer Melissa Hillary Lum
Melissa Hillary Lum
Probate Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 15 years