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Peter Michael Bochnewich

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Palm Desert, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    Peter is a civil trial attorney and Co-Owner of Martin & Bochnewich, A Law Corporation. Peter's practice has a very well regarded and substantial focus on trust and estate litigation. Peter represents clients in all manner of trust and estate disputes, and is often in trial on trust and estate matters. The litigated disputes involve a variety of issues, including will and trust contests, lack of capacity and undue influence claims, breach of fiduciary claims and business issues.

    32 years

  2. Estate planning
    As a product of his litigation practice which focuses on trust and estate issues, Peter is called upon to partcipate in many estate planning matters. Sophisticated estate planning forms the core part of practice of Peter's partner at Martin & Bochnewich, the very experienced Doug Martin, Esq.

    12 years

  3. Probate
    The firm's practice of course also extends to probate matters of many kinds and descriptions.

    12 years


Peter Bochnewich has earned a reputation for zealous but thoughtful and strategic advocacy, exemplary trial work, and exceptional written work product in many contested trust and estate matters. Peter has handled many multimillion dollars estates, and a variety of complex issues, in probate courts throughout Southern California.


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Bochnewich Law Offices
43100 Cook Street, Suite 203
Palm Desert, CA, 92211


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Posted by Karen | October 1, 2012
The Best
I hired Peter Bochnewich to assist me with a very difficult and complex legal issue that involved a family member. Peter was immediately responsive, and continued to aggressively fight for my interests for the duration of the litigation. We were ultimately successful, and I am grateful for the time and attention he gave to my case. Peter is very, very smart, extremely knowledgeable in his areas of expertise, and more than fair with his time and billable hours. Finally, I have to say that Peter is also an unusual attorney in that he is compassionate and has a sense of what is just and appropriate; he will be honest and forthright with his client, but will absolutely fight to right a perceived injustice. I can't say enough great things about this attorney.
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Posted by Paul | October 1, 2012
Recommendation for Attorney Peter Bochnewich
I would like to personally offer the highest possible recommendation for Attorney Peter Bochnewich. In 2008, my sister and I were faced with a situation where the executor of our uncle’s estate had used what we believed to be deceitful practices to get my uncle to assign all of his financial holdings in joint accounts with rights of survivorship, he had then kept all virtually all of the financial assets of the estate for himself. Our family lawyer told us that the situation was hopeless, that we could not win a legal challenge and we would only be wasting our money if we tried. We were almost ready to give up when a lawyer in Palm Desert recommended Peter Bochnewich. We were told that he was one of the most experienced and effective trust and estate litigation attorneys in all of Southern California. After an initial, detailed consultation, Mr. Bochnewich was cautiously optimistic about the possibility of recovering some or all of the estate. Throughout a long and sometimes difficult legal battle, my sister and I were constantly impressed by the depth of Mr. Bochnewich’s understanding of the law, his energy in applying it, and his intelligent and effective presence in court. We were also deeply appreciative of his warmth toward us and the deeply ethical behavior he exhibited both in and out of court. In the end, Mr. Bochnewich’s skills were responsible for removing the executor from the estate, and in our receiving a seven-figure judgment. I would not hesitate to recommend Peter Bochnewich to anyone seeking highly skilled legal assistance with estate and inheritance issues.
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Work Experience

  • Founder, Owner and President
  • Bochnewich Law Offices, A Professional Corporation
  • 2015 - Present


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981


  • IEEPS-Inland Empire Estate Planning Seminar
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley
  • Current President-Foundation Board-and Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Desert Estate Planning Council
  • Past President and Longstanding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Past President, and Longstanding Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2001 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics and Fundraising Workshop
  • Letting Your Ethical Armour Shine
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Peter Bochnewich for many years as a professional colleague and as opposing counsel. I know him, and other attorneys and judges know him, to be an excellent trial attorney and highly knowledgeable in his field. Peter Bochnewich is highly recommended for anyone needing experienced counsel."
Probate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Peter both professionally and personally for over ten years and I have opposed Peter in a couple of cases. Peter is a skilled lawyer and gentleman and I would not hesitate to visit him with any estate issues I might have."
Probate Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter Bochnewich because I can trust him with difficult cases. Peter and I have been opposing counsel and I have referred cases to him when the probate issues in a case became complicated. He is skilled, tenacious and really cares about his clients. I recommend clients regularly to Peter for probate matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an outstanding and dedicated litigator who focuses on the needs of his clients and ensures that the best result can be attained. He is smart, dedicated and delivers consistently great results. We have referred many clients to Peter for litigation matters and most of which are quite complex. Our clients greatly appreciate his knowledge and thoroughness. I highly recommend Peter with no reservation."
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Palm Desert Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Peter Michael Bochnewich
Peter Michael Bochnewich
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Palm Desert, CA
Licensed for 31 years