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Dennis Sandoval is the only attorney in California with all four of the following professional designations: Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Certified Tax Law Specialist and Accredited Estate Planner. Dennis currently serves on the board of directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Elder Law Foundation and he is the Director of Education of the American Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has a Master of Tax Law degree from Golden Gate University College of Law. Mr. Sandoval is the past president of the Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Riverside County Bar Estate Planning Section. Dennis is the author of numerous books and articles on estate planning, tax law, elder law and financial planning topics and he is an Adjunct Profession in the LLM Tax Program at Chapman University College of Law.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 30%
    19 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    19 years
  3. Tax: 20%
  4. Probate: 10%
    19 years
  5. Guardianship: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($100-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Brandie L. Luis

    I have known Dennis for about 11 years as the head of education for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Dennis has taught me a lot over the years! He is always on top of new changes in the law and has the ability to clearly explain complicated legal issues. He is a very intelligent, hardworking, dedicated and caring attorney. I would confidently refer anyone to Dennis for their estate planning or elder law issues.


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  • Lance Martin McKinney

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Member of the YearNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Southern California chapter2011
Accredited Estate PlannerNational Association of Estate Planners and Councils2007
Certified Specialist - Elder LawState Bar of California2004
Certified Specialist - Taxation LawState Bar of California2002
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawState Bar of California2000
Enrolled AgentInternal Revenue Service1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director of EducationAmerican Academy Of Estate Planning Attorneys2000 - Present
OwnerDennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Elder Law AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysDirector of Education2000 - Present
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationVice President2011 - 2012
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - 2012
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard of Directors2008 - 2010
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)President2008 - 2009
Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law SectionChair2004 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Special Needs Trusts:Planning, Drafting and AdministrationTreatise2009
NAELA NewsTaxation of Special Needs Trusts, Part 12009
NAELA NewsTaxation of Special Needs Trusts, Part 22009
Estate Planning magazineTax Efficient Funding of Special Needs Trusts2005
Estate Planning magazineDrafting Trusts for Maximum Protection from Creditors2004
Journal of Practical Estate PlanningReports of Its Death are Greatly Exaggerated: The State Death Tax Lives On2004
Trusts & EstatesGet Medicaid Without Giving Up the Farm2003
Journal of Practical Estate PlanningJudicial Foreclosures and Constitutional Challenges: What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxation LawLL.M - Master of Laws1999
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, FullertonN/AUndergraduateN/A