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Philip Saul Klatchko

Real estate Attorney at Palm Springs, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1974
    Active No misconduct found

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About Philip

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Mr. Klatchko has a broad-based civil practice including both transactional and litigation matters. The emphasis of his practice is in Real Estate (including Acquisitions, Subdivision, Construction, Contractual Issues, Sales, Dispute Resolution and Litigation), Business, and all aspects of Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Administration). He is also experienced in Conservatorships and Guardianships. He has particular expertise with regard to Common Interest Subdivision Law (Condominiums) and Homeowner Associations.

Mr. Klatchko obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1971. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, graduating in 1974. Mr. Klatchko is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California since 1980. He is currently a member of the City of Palm Springs Planning Commission and previously served on the Planning Commission from 1997 through 2003, including two years as its chairman. Throughout his career Mr. Klatchko has been active in not only professional organizations, but in civic and charitable activities as well.

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Klatchko & Klatchko Attorneys at Law
177 South Civic Dr.
Suite 3
Palm Springs, CA, 92262

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Posted by Morgan | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent estate attorney
Mr. Klatchko came highly recommended through another law firm to assist in estate probate matters in the greater Palm Springs area of Riverside County. His firm is efficient and gets the job done, with clear communication to the client along the way. I recommend Klatchko without hesitation.
Posted by Cynthia and Sara | March 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Rating for Attorney Philip Klatchko
The 5 star rating for Attorney Philip Klatchko (and also his assistant Jolene) is richly deserved. I would have given him a 10 on a 10 point scale, based on interactions to date. In our case, the actual client was an elderly parent whose mental abilities have been fading. He functioned adeptly as part lawyer and part psychologist and seemed to understand the innuendos of dealing with this category of client and their families. The presentation of all legal documents appeared immaculate. He (and Jolene) responded to and initiated communications in a timely and proactive manner - especially with regards to setting up appointments and replies to emails and "requests." While his services are not cheap, we believe (and have been told by others) that his fees are "well worth it." In our specific case we can highly recommend Attorney Klatchko for estate and trust-related matters of an aging or elderly clientele and their families.
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Posted by Kerri | June 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consummate Professional
Philip Klatchko was my mother's attorney. He managed all arrangements for her Estate and drew her Will. He was incredibly thorough and easy for her to work with. After my mom passed away, I was appointed Executrix of her Estate. I turned to Philip to help me through this murky process... a job one can't possibly prepare for. Philip was patient, kind, supportive, trustworthy, available and always willing to educate when I needed it. He held my hand through this very confusing and emotional process to the very end. When the time came to purchase my own home in Los Angeles, Philip assisted me in buying the home from directly from the owner. I have also consulted Philip on a number of occasions for miscellaneous legal advice. I would recommend him to anyone wholeheartedly.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Whether you require legal representation in a business matter or personal one, Philip Klatchko is a very wise choice. His ability to actively listen to his clients reveals itself in his overall effectiveness. Phil is truly outstanding and I highly recommend him.
Posted by G. | April 6, 2012
Highest Reccomendation
I am a private-practice physician in Southern California, and Mr. Klatchko has been my personal and business attorney for almost 20 years. He has assisted me in every significant legal matter of my business and personal life, and I know his office phone number by heart. I would be quite lost without Mr. Klatchko’s astute guidance on matters ranging from every conceivable business aspect of my medical practice, to the ups and downs of my other small businesses, to all of my real estate matters, all of my professional legal matters, and all of my personal legal matters ranging from wills and trusts for my parents, to neighborhood dog noise nuisance. This website only allows one option selection for "type of cases handled" but Mr. Klatchko has masterfully handled almost everything I have ever come up with. Only occasionally during all that time, and only when necessary, he has referred me to very good sub-specialists. Mr. Klatchko has successfully appeared in court for me before, but that has almost never been necessary, especially if I bring him in early enough-- his legal letters are the best I have ever seen from any attorney, and get results. Mr. Klatchko is very respectful of my funds, and strives to resolve legal conflicts in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, often by giving me the proper guidance to do much of the more basic things on my own, which obviously saves on legal fees. In no way does he ever pad his billable hours at my expense. Just like there are good doctors and bad doctors, and a whole lot of really mediocre doctors, the same is true for attorneys. Early in my career, I was fairly heavily involved in the business side of medicine, which can be extremely contentious. Prior to the happy day when I was referred to Mr. Klatchko, I had already hired and fired about 6 lawyers. Some of them were corporate, and others were in private practice—but none were satisfactory, and most accomplished little to nothing, while racking up huge fees. I certainly never intend to use another lawyer than Mr. Klatchko, unless he retires before I meet my maker. So here’s to good long lives and careers for us both.
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Posted by Gabriel | March 23, 2012
Mr. Klatchko has been my lawyer for the last 27 years. He has handled my commercial and residential real estate in an excellent fashion. He has handled all my tenants in a way that my other lawyers in New York were unable to do. He was able to communicate with my tenants in a way where He received the best results. Mr. Klatchko is very understanding and knowledgeable about real estate, bussiness and family law. I would highly recommend him to anyone that has any of these issues.
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Posted by Florie | March 23, 2012
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My husband and I have used Phil Klatchko for several years dealing with real estate issues. We have known Linda and Phil both socially and on a professional basis and highly recommend their services.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Klatchko & Klatchko, Attorneys At Law
  • 1975 - Present


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Southern California
  • Undergraduate
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Real Estate Broker since 1980


  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Palm Springs Planning Commission
  • Commissioner, Former Chairman
  • 1997 - 2003

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • various
  • Real Estate, Homeowner Associations, Estate Planning
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Philip
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is a highly qualified and experienced attorney."
Business Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known this lawyer for over 30 years. Mr. Klatchko is highly regarded in our business and legal community. Over the years, I have had several matters with Mr. Klatchko and I have always been impressed with his deep commitment to his clients. I would have no hesitation in referring any of my clients to his office should any of the clients need his services."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is an experienced attorney and a nice person."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is a very experienced and sharp attorney. I have worked with him on several matters, and have always found him to represent his clients effectively, using a practical and logical approach."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I send a tremendous amount of trust and estate work to Phil, and all of my clients have been very happy with the work he's done."
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Palm Springs Real estate Lawyer Philip Saul Klatchko
Philip Saul Klatchko
Real estate Attorney
Palm Springs, CA
Licensed for 49 years