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David Scott Hamilton

Probate Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   6 reviews

Licensed for 7 years

Virtual consultation available

Free consultation

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    30%

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    I help people create a comprehensive estate plan, which includes a trust, pourover will, financial power of attorney, and advance healthcare directive. I also prepare special needs trusts.

  3. Guardianship
    20%
    I handle California conservatorships.

  4. Power of attorney
    10%
    I prepare financial powers of attorney and healthcare directives with a power of attorney for healthcare decisions.

  5. Trusts
    10%
    I prepare revocable living trusts and special needs trusts.

  6. Wills and living wills
    10%

David S. Hamilton is a seasoned attorney focusing on estate planning, wills and trusts, probates, conservatorships, special needs trusts, and fiduciary accountings. His astuteness and attention to detail are highly regarded in the legal community. David is well-liked by clients for his compassionate, patient, and attentive demeanor.

David is a member of the Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations. He graduated from the New Attorney Academy, which is a training program for new attorneys provided by the Riverside County Bar Association and the Riverside Superior Court. David served as a Member at Large on the Board of the Riverside County Barristers Association. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bar Association.

During law school, David served as editor in chief for both the University of La Verne Law Review and the Journal of Law, Business & Ethics. David also competed on La Verne Law’s National Moot Court Competition Team. David made the Dean’s List every semester and earned a CALI award for achieving the highest grade in 13 courses. For his legal writing, David was recognized in the National Order of Scribes by the American Society of Legal Writers.

In his time away from the office, David enjoys spending time with his family, playing acoustic guitar, reading, and traveling.

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Licensed for 7 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 09/09/2022

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

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Sandoval Legacy Group, a Division of Holstrom, Block, & Parke, APLC

Reviews

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Posted by Zohreh | March 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Up date my trust
I called David Hamilton office regarding to update my trust (in a emergency situation). I want to thank mr: David Hamilton and his secretary- Vanessa for doing my request so quick and timely matter. I have used SANDOVAL LEGACY GROUP before ,, I also recommend them to my family and friends. Any time you call this office always someone answer the phone and take care of your needs with pleasure. Thank you for your awesome services. Zohreh Ball
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Posted by Bob R | June 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Engagement
I engaged David's services to help me to terminate an irrevocable trust. He provided me with the information and support services I needed to successfully terminate the trust in a minimum amount of time. His work was spot on and was completed quickly and professionally. Communications with David were excellent.
Posted by Riste | April 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Estate and Trust Attorney!
David is awesome! He helped us set up all of our documents in regard to an Estate Plan (Trust, Wills, Power of Attorney, etc.). He is a wealth of knowledge, super personable, very clear and precise in his communications and does an excellent job breaking down the "legal stuff" in an understandable manner. We've already referred a few colleagues to him. He's an outstanding professional that knows this stuff inside and out. In our opinion, you can't go wrong in trusting him to help you get your docs in order!!! Thanks so much!!!!
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Posted by Leasa H. | February 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for David Hamilton
He is a wonderful attorney. He answered all our questions and we felt completely at ease. He is filled with such compassion and relatable. He was funny and we had a great connection with him. Each appointment we were left with a great feeling we had done exactly what we needed to have done for our son. He truly cares for the special-needs community and we are truly grateful for his help and expertise.
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Posted by Mina | October 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Knowledge and Experience
I had a terrific interaction with David and his amazing staff. The team is my go-to team in Elder Law in Riverside County. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of elder law services.
Posted by Sylvia and Raul | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally capable and trustworthy lawyer.
We were looking for an attorney to update our trust. An attorney who looks out for our interests and that of our family. An attorney who can explain our trust to us. An attorney who is well informed and educated in estate planning and elder law. An attorney who is not only professional and capable in his profession but who is also understanding and patient. David Scott Hamilton is an outstanding attorney who is not only well informed but truly trustworthy. We recommend him highly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Grader
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Dennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Law Clerk
  • Dennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Kenny Tan
  • 2012 - 2014
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Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
  • 2015
  • Chapman University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Maine Pooled Disability Trust v. Hamilton, 927 F.3d 52 (1st Cir. 2019).
  • Wrote an amicus brief for the Special Needs Alliance.
  • McKinnon v. David-Portwood, No. E068659 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2019).
  • Successfully represented the respondent-trustee when the appeal was dismissed by opinion.

Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Riverside County Barristers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyer Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Riverside County Barristers Association
  • Board Member at Large
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Student Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Certificate of Completion, New Attorney Academy
  • Riverside County Bar Association and Riverside Superior Court
  • 2016
  • National Order of Scribes
  • Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, https://www.scribes.org/national-order-2015
  • 2015
  • Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • California Legislature, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, 43rd District
  • 2015
  • Dean's List (Spring Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2015
  • CALI Award (Federal Income Taxation)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/27aec0a0
  • 2015
  • Dean's List (Fall Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2014
  • Dean's List (Spring Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (California Civil Procedure)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/256edaf0
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (Remedies)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/25c53850
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (Lawyering Skills Practicum)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/25c51910
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (Law Practice Management)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/24a93160
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (Business Organizations II)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/24a88d50
  • 2014
  • CALI Award (Law Review Seminar)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/2362de50
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Business Organizations I)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/2360f9f0
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Professional Responsibility)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/2327c950
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Moot Court Honors: Advanced Appellate Advocacy)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/2327c180
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Appellate Advocacy)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/22c98c50
  • 2013
  • Dean's List (Spring Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2013
  • Dean's List (Fall Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Math and Physics for Lawyers)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/217a28f0
  • 2012
  • Dean's List (Spring Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2012
  • Dean's List (Fall Semester)
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2012
  • CALI Award (Legal Analysis and Writing I)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://awards.cali.org/1f5aa450
  • 2011
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Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration (Chapter 7: Funding Third Party Special Needs Trusts—June 2021 update)
  • 2021
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration (Chapter 7: Funding Third Party Special Needs Trusts—June 2018 update)
  • 2018
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration (Chapter 7: Funding Third Party Special Needs Trusts—June 2017 update)
  • 2017
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration (Chapter 7: Funding Third Party Special Needs Trusts—June 2016 update)
  • 2016
  • University of La Verne Law Review
  • Editor in Chief
  • 2015
  • University of La Verne Law Review
  • Staff Editor
  • 2014
  • Journal of Law, Business & Ethics
  • Articles Editor
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (19)
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer. David is a rising star in the Inland Empire legal community and has significant experience in estate and trust matters. I've seen him in court and he is well respected by his peers and bench officers."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the privilege of working with David Hamilton on a daily basis. He has been a great mentor to me as an estate planning attorney. He is professional, courteous, knowledgeable in his practice area, and willing to give everything he has for his clients. I endorse David without any hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David has been extremely knowledgeable, prepared and professional in all of my interactions with him. I would highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a very knowledgeable attorney who is committed to providing his clients exemplary service. David is committed to completing continuing legal education and finding new or better ways to serve his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is knowledgeable, honest and a great advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. I also know David through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys. I consider David to be knowledgeable, experienced and caring."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know David through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. He is a knowledgeable estate planning attorney who cares about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He is an extraordinarily valuable resource for litigation and non-litigation matters in elder law and estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"David's areas of expertise are estate planning, probate, special needs trusts and trust litigation. He is a very knowledgeable, thorough and conscientious attorney. I would not hesitate to have him assist me with my legal needs."
Probate Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is very knowledgeable and is a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hamilton is a very competent and easy to work with attorney. He is an asset to the legal community and I'm proud to endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Riverside Probate Lawyer David Scott Hamilton
David Scott Hamilton
Probate Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 7 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available