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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Equality Champion Award||Equality Inland Empire||2010|
|certified estate planning, trust and probate specialist||California State Bar Association||2009|
|Associate||DENNIS M. SANDOVAL, A PLC||2007 - Present|
|Volunteer Attorney||PUBLIC LAW CENTER||2005 - 2005|
|Principal||LAW OFFICE OF PAMELA VALENCIA||2004 - 2006|
|Associate||MCNICHOLS RANDICK O’DEA & TOOLIATOS, LLP||1998 - 2004|
|Volunteer Attorney||VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION||1998 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section||Chair||2012 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (SoCAL section)||Vice President||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, Taxation Section||member||1998 - Present|
|State Bar of California Estate Planning 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|
|Riverside Lawyer Magazine||Giving Back With Charitable Gifts||2012|
|Riverside Lawyer||Special Needs Trusts||2012|
|New York University School of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||1997|
|University of New Mexico School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of California - San Diego||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|
|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|