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Edna Carroll Straus

Probate Attorney at Mission Viejo, CA

4.6   51 reviews

About Edna

Learn Edna’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    44%
    Mostly representing heirs in probate.

    39 years, 15 cases

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Wills and trusts, asset protection, special needs trusts.

    28 years, 100 cases

  3. Business
    10%
    Routine business work, especially negotiation, drafting NDAs and contracts.

    33 years, 200 cases

  4. Debt collection
    10%
    This is an adjunct to family law as 99% of all family lawyers do not know you do not have to go to court to get permission to collect unpaid family law debts. You DO NOT.

    23 years, 15 cases

  5. Family
    10%
    My focus is on keeping people OUT of court and keeping money in the family. I co-founded (and made possible) the OC collaborative practice group, and have spoken at the State Bar Annual Meeting twice and at many other fora.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Brain injury
    6%

    3 years

 I know what people think of lawyers. Those stereotypes have some truth-- but there two sides to every "story" and almost always a lot of emotion. And guess what?  With EVERY court case SOMEONE WILL LOSE!! Whereupon somebody is gonna cry foul. Many will just cry--especially the children.

Real “divorce "smarts" = "don't start a fight."  As Danny DiVito told Hubby in "War of the Roses; "There is no winning... there's just degrees of losing." Ditto probate, but with less damage to youg children. But boy, will your family turn on you.

Law is not like Wal-Mart. Nordstom's provides a different product and a different service than Walmart. So, too, with lawyers. Cheap or free is NOT the same as "full freight" --representation with real  experience, real dedication and real expertise. BUT-- you can get a customized, tailored amount of work. This  is called "limited scope representation". It's MUCH cheaper then "full freight".

But if any lawyer tells you ONLY what you want to hear... beware. And if I tell you something you didn't want to hear?  Guess what? It is because IT IS TRUE! I am not on Avvo trolling for clients. I am just the (no longer quite "lone") voice telling it like it is. Feel free to ignore me. People do. But I am still right about... almost everything. (And quite a few non-lawish things too- like the value of expertise, mastery of communication, and what works-- such as that.) Google me if you want the full picture. (Carroll, not Edna.)

Nowadays, expert lawyers will do the chunk of work you need done-- for a REASONABLE cost. I do that. But----WARNING!! I personally will not work with whiners. Just saying...

 

Choose your poison, my friends! But choose carefully. And no, I do not offer free telephone consults. I actually like helping people-- a lot--but I also actually have bills to pay, just like you do. Emails, OK. Calls? Not unless you are seriously thinking of engaging me. Thanks in advance.

 Oh. And, AGAIN... I'm Carroll, which Avvo refuses to acknowledge. And yes. I will piss you off, if the truth hurts. I'm not trolling for clients here, silly me. I believe the truth is what serves people. I'm looking to be of service, to people who are willing to listen. (And I can pick up your attitude by how you post. So sue me.) But guess what? if something is your "fault" then you CAN change it. If it is 100% someone else.. you cannot. Sad but true.


P.S. Yes, there is one bad review. There were two--one utterly bogus. He took that one down, because he realized it was wrong, and he's not such a bad guy, after all. But NOTA BENE--if I answer you and you dont lilke it, don't take it out on me. I'm just the messemger. And. I am doing this for free. You gets what you pays for.

 

 

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In my 50s.
Licensed for 39 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 09/14/2022

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

Contact Edna

Edna Carroll Straus
24000 Alicia Pkwy Pmb 17-305
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691
Law Offices of E. Carroll Straus
2903 W. 140th St
Gardena, CA, 90249
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  51 customer reviews
Posted by Sean | November 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
Carroll is an amazing lawyer who is very knowledgeable, caring, and always willing to help. She was honest and straight to the point. She provided me with excellent advice. I definitely recommend her.
Posted by Kristan | December 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceedingly helpful
After hiring an exceptional private investigator to find my indigent mother in San Diego County. Initially, they were refusing my report per department policy (very frustrating). As my mother has not been seen for several years, On my father's behalf, I am seeking relief from spousal support in Ohio, and need help in working across several jurisdictions. Ms. Straus not only explained the procedure for seeking a ruling of legal death in CA; she also cross referenced so sufficiently, I am going to attempt a pro se filing in my home state. Thank you for an empathetic ear in such a delicate and set of circumstances.
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Response from Edna Straus December 17, 2021
Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
Helpful (: I asked a long crazy questions and responded to her answer to me, she was kind and kept commenting to help me understand. She's been a lot nicer than my other experiences on thus website so thank you ma'am. BLM2(:
Posted by Dennis | December 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional ATTORNEY profound knowledge of the law
Exceptional ATTORNEY profound knowledge of the law I did not hire this attorney but this attorney has assisted me in a professional manner With the respect and the conduct that a client deserves she will look out for your best interest and protect you Every step along the way of whatever situation you may be confronting I thank God for this attorney there should be more attorneys like her thank you Mrs. CAROLL STRAUS
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Response from Edna Straus December 12, 2020
Thank you, sir!
Posted by Sterling | November 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
CHILD SUPPORT ARREARS
I first spoke with Edna a couple of years ago regarding my ongoing arrears issues. She gave me sound advice and even wrote a letter on my behalf to the California Child Support office, attempting to resolve my issue. I have now reached a settlement agreement and I no longer have to deal with arrears ever again. Thank you Edna for all of your help.
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Response from Edna Straus November 7, 2020
You are most welcome, Sterling! Thank you for letting me know of the good outcome.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
answered quickly
I was surprised at how fast she responded and even sent her a private message. She is definitely on my list if we end up having to hire.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She was Excellent!!!!
She reached out a great deal. Was very helpful in my understanding of what direction i need to take. Thank you so much!
Response from Edna Straus January 25, 2021
Because the truth hurts.
Posted by Chris | July 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
Impressive and knowledgeable without an attitude. If she can come up to where my case will be I will be hiring her. Quick conversation with leaves no doubt about her competence
Response from Edna Straus December 12, 2020
Thanks! As anyone who reads these reviews can see, I don't suffer fools gladly, but respond in kind to people who are appreciative (and truthful) by going above and beyond.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good lawyer
She is very good... She answered me 4 minutes after posting my question... Her answer was very clear .... And helpful....
Response from Edna Straus January 21, 2019
Thanks.
Posted by Sheryl | November 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing lawyer
Contacted Edna and she provided great representation her legal assistance was extraordinary and she really knew how to put my mind at ease. Highly recommend and cannot express enough gratitude for everything she's done for me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Insurance for kids
Edna was very precise and to the point. This cleared up and questions I had. Thank you so much Edna you rock.
Posted by Charles | October 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cleared up Confusion
California is a tricky place when it comes to legal matters. She quickly answered my question.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and concise - and on her Holiday week end.
Thank you Edna your prompt response - for taking the time on the holiday week end to give me some peace of mind!
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
Answered me thoroughly and quickly :). I was able to follow through that day on an important response I needed to get out asap.
Response from Edna Straus May 23, 2018
Thanks!
Posted by Grace | May 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Edna Straus
She was helpful and explained things well. Gave me some legal points I had not considered or had knowledge of. Considered hiring her but looking for an attorney a little closer . Will keep her in mind though. Appreciate her help and find this site very helpful.
Posted by Robert | April 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks for answering my question! Very knowledgeable, trust her
Thanks for for taking the time to answer my question! Very much appreciated, had almost given up hope. Will look into your answer to see if it can help my situation. A California divorce is not easy. So many Attorneys just want their big retainer, then never do the homework required to truly help their clients. It seems no one listens to the man's side in California. Just Pay, Pay, Pay, never questioning if the wife is lying. Truly Stacked against men in California.
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Posted by Joey | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible
Carroll is extremely knowledgeable, and really took the time to explain things to me regarding the case that I have. She is compassionate (which is so rare to find in lawyers) but very strong in her field and approach as well. I would without hesitation recommend her to anyone in need of help with all things legalese - hands down one of the best attorney contacts that I have ever had. Thank you !
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Response from Edna Straus April 20, 2018
I am thinking I have a good guess as to who posted this review, but in any case thank you! I appreciate your taking the time to put this here on Avvo.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Thank very informative and helpful advise Will use her again for any questions .
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Edna
Thank you so much for your help it was brief but help me get started because honestly I had lost hope and was about to give up
Posted by Sterling | March 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Understanding and Compassionate
Ms. Straus was very helpful and compassionate with my situation. She went over and beyond in providing her input and information pertaining to my case. It was a pleasure speaking with her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Subrogation Attorney
  • Jones, Nelson, Ford & Screeton
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Partner
  • Villalobos & Straus
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Title officer
  • Ticor Title Insurance
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Associate
  • Thomas A. Culbertson & Associates
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Associate
  • Maxwell, Grayson & Sugarman
  • 1983 - 1986
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Education

  • Summit Workshops, Inc
  • CEUs
  • 1990
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Community College of the Air Force
  • AA
  • 1982
  • Goddard College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970
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Legal Cases

  • Collboration
  • Resolved without court
  • AnonymousT
  • came to agreement on all isssueswithout any court appearances

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Peter M. Elliot Inns (American Inns of Court)
  • Associate
  • 2001 - 2008
  • International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 1997 - 2000
  • California State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2006
  • Orange County Professional Writers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1991 - 1995
  • California State Bar Worker's Compensation Division
  • Member
  • 1990 - 1995
  • California State Bar Association group
  • Member
  • 1983 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Common Bond Institute
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Common Bond Institute
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Completion
  • The Mediation Center
  • 1997
  • The basics if ratong Permanent Disability
  • California Board of legal Specialization
  • 1992
  • Certificate of Acheivement, Advanced Title Officer
  • Ticor Title Insurance Company
  • 1986
  • certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Free Climic
  • 1985
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Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Workers Compensation
  • 1993
  • The Disgruntled Employee
  • The Perils of Workers' Compensation
  • 1991
  • Legal Pad
  • Of Sharks and Shysters--Does the Law Make Sense?
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE Workshop
  • Law and Technology
  • 2006
  • Collaborative Law Conference San Diego
  • Spirituality and Law: Your Spiritual Genie
  • 2006
  • Ethics in Family Law
  • Family Law Ethics
  • 2005
  • State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Trial Techniques
  • 2004
  • Southern California Mediation Association Confenrence
  • Mediation using principles of Baha'i Consultation
  • 2002
  • 9th Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2001
  • 8th Annnual Conference on Conflict Resolution
  • Lawyers as Peacemakers
  • 2001
  • Collaborative Law: A New Approach
  • Collaborative Law
  • 1998
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Practice Congruent With Your Values
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (115)
Given (21)
Probate Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Straus. She tells it like it is! Her knowledge and experience will get you the results you need."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend Attorney Straus."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable. She has very articulate, clear, and concise answers to AVVO questions."
Probate Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, because of the level of knowledge and professionalism she displays on this forum."
Business Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Having seen many answers on AVVO it is clear she has her client's best interests at heart."
Probate Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Ms. Straus' answers to probate questions on Avvo. I have found her advice to be sound and practical. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She’s a seasoned family law practitioner who often seeks the best and most efficient solution to any situation."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carroll Straus (as she prefers to be called). She is highly skilled with an analytic mind and has a strong work ethic based on my conversations with her and agreeing with many of her responses on Avvo. More to the point, she genuinely cares about her clients and the outcome of their case...which is rare nowadays."
Probate Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"How can you beat this kind of experience with this kind of knowledge and this level of caring? Right. You can't. Your first and best choice for any issue related to family or trusts and estate law, is Ms. Straus, period, done deal, end of story."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is consistent in her responses on AVVO and obviously cares about the community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Ms. Straus provides great advice to those in need. She takes time out of her day to answer questions on AVVO and point people in the right direction."
Business Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Edna is a highly skilled and well-known attorney in the legal community for her outstanding professionalism and work ethic. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
State, local, and municipal law Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Edna Carroll Straus provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Business Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edna's advice is smart and on point. I appreciate what she has to say and her critical thinking often adds much to the situation."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Edna. She is sharp, diligent and swift on her feet. A great attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is so dedicated to answering questions on Avvo and has taught me many things. She is a fount of complex, difficult concepts and useful information. I admire and trust her. Caroline Forbes, LCSW Attorney at law"
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carrol Straus combines years of experience and compassion with humor. While I tend (Ed: tend?) toward verbosity, her advice is generally brief and succinct. She is very quick to answer questions and often I am only left with the choice of clicking "Agree" because she has already said it all, in 1000 fewer words than I would use."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Straus is a very intelligent and professional lawyer. I endorse her because of her great contribution to the Avvo forums. She offers knowledgeable and detailed answers to questions."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edna has been really active and helpful on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Straus is direct, witty, and very knowledgeable - a pleasure to work with."
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