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Pamela Young Valencia

Estate planning Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   5 reviews

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Pamela is our associate attorney.  She received her Juris Doctorate degree from University of New Mexico School of Law and her Master of Tax Law (LL.M.) degree from the prestigious New York University School of Law LL.M. program.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Linguistics from the University of California at San Diego.

Pamela recently received news from the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization that she had passed the exam to be certified as a Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist.  It is anticipated that she will fulfill the balance of the requirements to obtain the certification shortly.

Pamela is an adjunct professor at California Southern Law School, where she teaches the Wills and Trusts class to the Juris Doctorate students.  She is also beginning to take on some of the teaching for the consumer and continuing education classes that our law firm offers.

Prior to joining our law firm, Pamela worked with several estate planning and tax law firms.  She will primarily assist Dennis with our estate planning, conservatorship, probate and tax controversy clients.  Pamela has a special interest in working through the complexities of advanced estate planning for wealthy individuals and estate planning for same-sex couples and unmarried partners.

Pamela is serving as the 2008 / 2009 Co-Chairperson of the Estate Planning Section for the Riverside County Bar Association.

Pamela is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Association of Life Care Planning Law Firms, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and the Riverside County Bar Association.  She has studied to be a docent for the Mission Inn in Riverside.  She enjoys working with various charitable organizations, singing and sampling various foods and wines.  She lives with her partner, Dawn, in Riverside.

Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Pamela Young Valencia
C/O Dennis M. Sandoval, Aplc
3233 Arlington Ave Ste 105
Riverside, CA, 92506


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Posted by J.M.H. | September 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Five Stars
Pamela was wonderful in helping with my conservatorship application, and also revising my trust. My deepest thanks.
Posted by Dawn | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Fantastic Job
Pam helped us complete a trust for my husband's mother and sort out a neglected set of small investments. The goal was to structure everything so that my mother-in-law could stay in her home but be eligible for Medicaid if and when she required a skilled nursing facility. My mother-in-law was house-bound and Pam was so helpful with coming to the house, explaining everything, and guiding her through the process. When my mother-in-law died, Pam's work really made it straightforward and all the disposition of assets went smoothly with no problems or probate. We liked Pam so much we had her do our estate plan soon after. She was very expert in her recommendations and made a process that can be a little traumatic, both easy and painless. We can now be sure that we will leave an estate that will not cause our beneficiaries undue trouble and will not cause our assets to be subject to unnecessary taxes or probate. Pam really knows what she is doing and the cost was reasonable as well.
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Posted by Jeff | April 12, 2015
Honest, works hard to save you money
When you feel the need to hire an attorney, there is a "sticker shock" for most of us when we find out the cost. However, for my case, Pamela did everything to keep her fees and the court cost to a minimum. And, she kept me informed from the beginning to end, letting me know the pros and cons (I almost feel she was to cautious). In her, I found no dishonestly in running up the cost, and yes the cost did run up, but this was because of a system that can be very frustrating, it wasn't on her! And, she warned me how the 'system" works and of potential problems that might arise there too. You have to make up your mind as to whether or not the cost is worth it, but I strongly feel that you will have an honest attorney who cares, and wants you to keep as much of your money as possible. Oh, and for what is worth, she is nice person.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2011
Intelligent and compassionate
My family requested a consultation regarding a complicated matter. I was amazed at Pamela's conscientious and professional manner. It was evident that she considers the costs/benefits of her services to all parties, not just herself. She was professional and personable. It was refreshing to be treated with such dignity and respect. I highly recommend her
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Posted by Miguel Calderon | January 4, 2011
Thank you Pamela
My Wife and my self are so happy that we have Pamela as our Estate Planning advisor, She is so knowledgeable that we do not have to worry. Pamela thank you for all your guidenes. Miguel and Janet Calderon


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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • 2007 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Principal
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 1998 - 2003
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1997
  • Univ of New Mexico SOL
  • law
  • 1996
  • Univ of California San Diego
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (SoCAL section)
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Riverside County
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California Estate Planning Section
  • member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section
  • member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)
  • Past Treasurer
  • 2011 - 2012
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)
  • Past Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Past Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Equality Champion Award
  • Equality Inland Empire
  • 2010
  • certified estate planning, trust and probate specialist
  • California State Bar Association
  • 2009


  • Riverside Lawyer Magazine
  • Giving Back With Charitable Gifts
  • 2012
  • Riverside Lawyer
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • So. CA Section National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Court Appointed Attorneys For Incapacitated Clients
  • 2015
  • Professional Fiduciaries of CA--August Chapter meeting
  • Windsor and the LGBT Community
  • 2013
  • Eighth Annual Inland Empire Caregiver Symposium
  • Planning for Older LGBT Clients
  • 2013
  • San Bernardino Retired Teachers Assoc. - monthly meeting
  • Elder Facility Issues--Choices and Payment
  • 2012
  • Inland Empire Caregiver Symposium
  • Conservatorship Case Study
  • 2012
  • Professional Fiduciaries of CA - March 2011 Meeting
  • Registered Domestic Partners and Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition - quarterly meeting
  • LGBTQ Legal Issues
  • 2011
  • San Bernardino Retired Teachers Assoc. - monthly meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Veterans Appreciation Day
  • Veterans' Aid and Attendance Benefits
  • 2009
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pamela is the consummate professional - she is knowledgeable and insightful, and listens to her clients. I am always happy to work with her on any matter. I endorse Pamela in the area of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Riverside Estate planning Lawyer Pamela Young Valencia
Pamela Young Valencia
Estate planning Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 25 years