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Steven Farley Bliss

Estate planning Attorney at san diego, CA

4.8   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    67%

    33 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Probate
    33%

    33 years, 250 cases

I opened my own law practice in 1991 to help regular consumers with their basic legal needs. I form living trusts and write wills, do probate and trust administration and help consumers file chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases. 

 

I have represented over 1500 consumers since I first began my law practice. I always provide a free consultation and do most of my work on a flat fee basis. My prices are very competitive and payment plans are always available. I take visa, mastercard and american express.

 

I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1984. I passed the CPA examination in 1985. I graduated from California Western School of Law in 1989 in the top 10% of my class. I won numerous scholastic awards in Law School as well.

 

I have written two books recently. The first is  Fundamentals of Estate Planning and the second is Consumer Bankruptcy Basics.

 

I am married with two kids and I live in Tierrasanta. My hobbies are football, exercise and traveling when I can.

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Location

Steven F. Bliss, Esq,, Attorney at Law
3914 murphy canyon road #A202
san diego, CA, 92123
Steven F. Bliss, Esq., Attorney at Law
16870 West Bernardo Drive, #400
San Diego, CA, 92127
Steven F. Bliss, Esq., Attorney at Law
41593 Winchester Road, Suite 200
Temecula, CA, 92590
Steven F. Bliss, Esq., Attorney at Law
100 E. San Marcos Blvd., #400
San Marcos, CA, 92069
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Maria | January 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retired nurse
Mr. Bliss is one of the best lawyer I had ever known. He is honest and kind. I had learned a lot from him by taking his lecture in his web before setting up my living trust.
Posted by John | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy to work with
Steven was extremely accommodating working around a two income family. He took the time to explain the process of establishing our family trust.
Posted by Barbara | August 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trust
Mr. Bliss was able to schedule us within a reasonable amount of time. His office in Mission Valley is easy to find. He completed our trust within the time period that he gave us. Completing the trust paperwork was fairly easy. We felt comfortable working with him. He also promptly returned my phone call when we had questions. We would recommend him.
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Posted by Chris | July 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Experience with Steve
After years of trying to get out of debt and making a bad situation worse, I decided to do some research and found Steve Bliss. Within 10 minutes of explaining my situation he told me there really isn't option but to file for Chapter 7. I knew he was telling the truth because I had tried just about everything else and was very stressed out. Steve bliss makes it seem somewhat an easy process, and provides a comfort knowing that you are represented and the he is on top of things. My situation took a little longer to get through but it was because of my own mistakes before deciding to file, had it not been for that the process could have taken less then 3 months. I definitely recommend Steve Bliss Law in San Diego.
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Posted by Michael | July 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust review and Will
Went to see Steven to review a Trust that I was involved in. I then used his services to set up a Will for myself. He was very professional and made me feel confident in his services. I have recommended him to a few of my friends for services they may need.
Posted by Dave | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Services
I discovered Steven F Bliss while looking for an estate planning attorney in my area. I actually found a YouTube Video where he was giving a speech on this very subject. He seemed down to earth and friendly, not that those two qualifications mean anything in the eyes of the law. But at least I felt that we could relate to my family issues. Needless to say, I am writing this review because Steve Bliss is the BEST Estate Planning Attorney in San Diego that I have found! Don't waste your time looking for discount services and self service doc prep chop shops, they royally messed up my estate. Steve was able to fix it all! Well worth it...
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Posted by Ernest Zappoli | April 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Definitely recommend Steve!
Was looking on avvo and Yelp for a trust lawyer and Steve was very highly rated. We didn't know much about trusts and Steve explained everything in layman's terms, gave us a questionnaire, and delivered on his promise. Very easy, low stress process. Definitely recommend him!
Posted by Judy Graves | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
We could not be happier with the service we received from Steve and his secretary Maria. Steve is thorough, knowledgeable, and friendly..We are very happy to have peace of mind, and finally have a living trust in order for our family. If you are looking for an affordable, knowledgeable, thorough, and friendly attorney to handle your legal affairs..."Look no further" Go with Steve! He's the best in our opinion..You will not be sorry!
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Posted by Michael | January 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional
I am writing this in enthusiastic support of Mr. Bliss. I have known Mr. Bliss for over 20 years. both as opposing counsel and a colleague. In both capacities, I have been most impressed with Steve's talents, and I am confident that he is an outstanding attorney. Intellectually, he is clearly a star, and has a genuine concern for the welfare of others. His talents, however, do not end there. Mr. Bliss is also a person of unusual energy, maturity, and interpersonal skill. In short, I recommend Mr. Bliss to you strongly and without reservation. He will take good care on you and your family.
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Posted by Rick | December 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding, Knowledgeable, Trustworthy and Highly Recommend
I would highly recommend Steven for your legal needs. He is very knowledgeable about the law and will make the difficult issues easy to understand. Steven is detailed orientated, responsible, patient and will keep you informed on your specific matter. He can be trusted to provide you with the very best legal representation.
Posted by Thomas | November 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Steve Bliss
have known Steve Bliss for over 20 years and during that entire time he has helped me with numerous legal matters. Some he handled and some he referred out. But all of my legal concerns were addressed in a timely, professional, respectful and competent manner. Steve made both my wife and I feel very comfortable when handling our family trust. He was prepared and made the complicated simple. The whole process was painless and comforting. Steve actually did a life review for me. As a 40 year old married man with three kids and an owner of a business, Steve saw that I needed to have life insurance. So, I purchased my life insurance policy from Steve. He knew of several good carriers who has the best prices. During some tough financial times I approached Steve Bliss about the possibility of bankruptcy. He listened and recommended I not pursue it. Instead, we developed an entirely different strategy that I had not considered. Steve is very smart, honest, caring and affordable. If you need legal advice for any matter, I highly recommend starting with Steve Bliss. He is trust-worthy, good-hearted and provides great service. If he can't help you, he knows some other great attorney that can. Start with Steve and you'll be glad you did!
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Posted by Frank | October 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Steven
Steven has helped me personally along with my business. His advise is accurate and is very professional. I trust him and have referred individuals to him in the past and will continue to do so.
Posted by Tapu | June 25, 2015
Awesome person altogether!
Steve is the best. I tried to file for bankruptcy on my own, and failed horribly. I had contacted a few other people before Steve, and he was the only one willing to work with me. Very organized and professional.
Posted by Kevin | June 8, 2015
Look no further than Steven!
I was very careful in selecting my bankruptcy attorney and decided on Steven, it turned out to be the right choice. He knows the system and the trustees very well and he used it to my advantage. I got a better than expected deal on my chapter 13 and am extremely happy at the outcome. If you are looking for an excellent bankruptcy attorney you have found him right here.
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Posted by Lucy | June 6, 2015
Highly recommend !
Mr Steven F Bliss is a wonderful attorney, he is smart and has a lot of knowledge about the law! From the beginning he explained everything and always has given his best! We have known Mr Bliss for nearly 20 years and when we have needed advice and help, he is there with dignity, kindness and help! My husband and I highly recommend him! He did our Trust for us! Lucy
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2015
An Estate Planning Client and Referral
I highly recommend Steve. He set up my trust and will in 2008 and the whole process was very easy and straightforward. I referred a friend to Steve for a bankruptcy five years ago. Unfortunately, my friend became very ill and was unable to go through with the filing for a few years. I have been helping my friend restart the process this year. Steve kept my friend's case open has been incredibly patient with us. He is always available and quick to respond.
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Posted by Bobby | June 2, 2015
Very pleased clients!
We used a legal referral service provided through my companies Employee Assistance Program. Mr Bliss was recommended as a local attorney who could handle our case. From the very first meeting that took place he was straight forward and kept us informed along the way. He always took our calls and if he wasn't available he would call us back as promised. Mr Bliss was an absolute professional in every aspect and represented us very well.
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Posted by Caroline | May 26, 2015
I would recommend Steven Bliss to my own family and closest Friends
I would recommend Steven Bliss to my own family and closest Friends, knowing he will provide straight forward, honest information. Steven Bliss represented me 3 years ago and everything he stated as to what I could expect were right on target. He honestly considers each persons situation and provides recommendations specifically for them. I was never treated like another file in a filing cabinet. I was always able to reach him and received prompt return calls. No BS, no games.
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Posted by Ted | April 13, 2013
Excellent attorney: knowledgeable, detailed, efficient and economical
Steve is an excellent attorney who is very knowledgeable about the law and very detail oriented concerning your specific needs. He combines these two facets to deliver a very high quality product, at a very reasonable price. My wife and I had our trusts and wills created by Steve in 2004. In 2013, after the kids were grown and our situation had changed we worked with Steve again to update our trusts to reflect legal changes over the years. Steve was pleasantly direct in his pointed questions about our options (and potentially difficult choices), while not trying to sway us in any specific direction...he just encouraged us to make good conscientious decisions. My father-in-law also had his trust created by Steve in 2004, and still to this day talks about what a nice man Steve is and how much he appreciated his work.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2013
Best lawyer ever
Steve is an excellent attorney. I would recommend him for all legal matters, as he is very patient, explains all aspects of what is going to happen through the whole process. I will always use him for all our legal needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Steven F. Bliss, Esq., Attorney at Law
  • 1990 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Philip M. Cohen
  • 1988 - 1989

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Syracuse Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Mervin Swanson
  • Court approved appointment of Successor Trustee
  • In re: Veronica Jaramillo
  • Plan Confirmed

Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Service Provider Award
  • ARAG
  • 2015
  • Miller Tax Award in Federal Income Taxation
  • California Western School of Law
  • 1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Income Taxation
  • Bancroft Whitney
  • 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Estate Planning
  • Bancroft Whitney
  • 1988
  • Miller Tax Award in Estate and Gift Taxation
  • California Western School of Law
  • 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Secured Transactions
  • Bancroft Whitney
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
  • Bancroft Whitney
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Bancroft Whitney
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Book
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning in California
  • 2015
  • Book
  • Bankruptcy Basics in California
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Pechanga Casino and Hotel
  • Asset Protection and Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Palomar College Employee Assistance Program
  • Estate Planning For Consumers
  • 2017
  • Lunchtime Employee Educational Series
  • Wills, Living Trusts and Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Cox Communications: San Diego
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2015
  • San Diego State University
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Pechanga Indian Reservation
  • Personal Financial Awareness
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (16)
Endorse Steven
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Other
"You need only read his clients' reviews to appreciate Steve's commitment to providing them quality service with a real concern for their needs."
Probate Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed his many response to questions posted to Avvo, and his answers are very pragmatic."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bliss is very professional and courteous to his clients and fellow professionals. We are happy to refer clients to Mr. Bliss."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve Bliss is an excellent attorney. Very knowledgeable, has a flexible schedule and is easy to work with. I look forward to working with Mr. Bliss again."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bliss is an experienced and thoughtful attorney. If you are in need of his services, I believe he will serve you well."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several bankruptcy clients to Steven over the last three years. I have found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. When I email Steven a question about bankruptcy, he responds quickly and gives me straight forward advise. Highly recommend Steven."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred several clients to Steve who were very happy with his work. Steve is a very friendly and personable attorney who will get the job dond for you."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An a outstanding attorney who is a credit to the profession. Steve is an attorney committed to his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a colleague of Steven Bliss, and have worked with him on many matters as well. He is an excellent attorney who is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and caring. He is continuously praised by his clients for these characteristics. I highly endorse Steven."
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."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bliss is quick, honest, and knowledgeable in bankruptcy. He actually represented one of my family members and did a great job! I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"To put it simply, I went to Steve for my Will and Trust. His knowledge and character set him apart from the others. I recommend Steve to all my friends in need of estate planning."
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