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Samantha Smith

Probate Attorney at Tustin, CA

5.0   3 reviews

About Samantha

Learn Samantha’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    I form estate plans by preparing various of documents, such as a Trust, Pour-Over Will and agency documents, that is unique tailored to strategically fit my client's family structure and asset mix.

    7 years

  2. Litigation
    30%
    I litigate trust disputes, representing both trustees and beneficiaries when they need to bring claims against one another for breaches and damages. I also litigate contentious conservatorship cases.

    8 years

  3. Probate
    30%
    I represent people in probate proceedings, which is often a necessary Court process when a person passes away without having their assets in a Trust. I also represent people in conservatorship proceedings, when a family member becomes incapacitated.

    7 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    I advise and represent business owners to incorporate their business and provide them with the tools they need for proper ongoing management. I also represent business owners in customer disputes through negotiating and preparing settlements

Samantha Sterling Smith, a partner at NM Law, is a certified legal specialist in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Not only is she an excellent resource for both trustees and beneficiaries in search of sound advice, but unlike many trust attorneys, she is also an experienced, dynamic, and skilled litigator, thus a powerful advocate for her clients in the courtroom, be they plaintiffs or defendants. This makes her an ideal choice for individuals who anticipate that trust or probate issues may lead to litigation and want one excellent attorney to see them through any and all phases of the process. Samantha is also thoroughly familiar with the complexities of real estate law, not only through her legal education and experience, but from working for mortgage, escrow and title companies throughout her high school and undergraduate studies. This is a valuable advantage for her trust and probate clients, for whom issues around the sale or distribution of real property often arise. Samantha understands that being involved in a legal dispute can be a highly stressful event in someone’s life, and she brings all her knowledge, experience, and skill to identifying, solving, and, when possible, avoiding legal problems.

Holding herself to the highest professional and ethical standards, Samantha’s goal is to provide clarity and superlative advice to people who are in confusing and sometimes intimidating situations. In keeping with her service-oriented approach, she provides a cost-free initial phone consultation to potential clients to help them understand their legal issues. As Samantha explains: “Many of our clients tell me that they feel as if a weight has been lifted off their shoulders once I’ve taken the time to really listen to them and then put their problem in clear perspective. Hearing that reaffirms why I became an attorney.” She strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients, which requires a strong work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, thorough research of relevant issues, a vigorously proactive approach, genuine compassion, and a talent for effective collaboration with colleagues in a team setting. She has received kudos not only from her clients, but from her peers, having been nominated for five successive years to the rolls of the Super Lawyers Rising Star association, an exclusive list of top-rated attorneys in specialized fields.

While exceptionally committed to her career, Samantha understands the critical importance of balance in one’s life. She takes time out from work for running, spin classes, a romp at the dog beach with her two Australian Shepherds, and, whenever possible, traveling abroad with her husband. She also has an enduring passion for effecting change in her community; thus she volunteers on a regular basis for organizations like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and the Festival of Children Foundation. A native Californian, Samantha was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with emphasis in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship), and her law degree from California Western School of Law where she was the recipient of academic excellence awards in recognition of her consistently outstanding work. She is admitted to the bar in both California and Nevada and continues to hone her skills and knowledge, most recently with successful completion of the California Legal Specialization Exam.

Licensed for 7 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 09/10/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 01/27/2016

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

Contact Samantha

NM LAW, APC
15147 Woodlawn Avenue
Tustin, CA, 92780

Reviews

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Posted by John | January 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Just awesome!
I have been calling different attorneys which offer free consultations on this site. My experience has been that most will screen your calls and just have their secretaries tell you that they don't offer those service even though said services are listed on their profile. Anyways, I get a call back from Samantha Smith which started off telling me that she doesn't handle my type of case (commercial), but she listened anyways. She gave me some advise and went as far as to emailing me a referral. She went the extra mile and gave the referral the background on my case to make sure that they were a good fit. Thank you again Samantha!
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Posted by Tanya | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Efficient! Thank you Ms. Smith!
Ms. Smith assisted me with my family's trust and I am forever grateful! With many competing interests within the family, Samantha was able to flawlessly negotiate and make all parties happy in the end. We avoided probate thanks to her. I would 100% recommend Samantha to anyone looking for an attorney. Also, she had a lot of knowledge about real estate and was able to offer advice on some real estate issues I was having.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Samantha!
I was a client of Samantha in a real estate transaction. She was very helpful and knowledge on the subject. I highly recommend her services for anyone getting involved in a real estate transaction.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • NM LAW, APC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP
  • 2014 - 2016

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Chapman University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2011

Associations

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • CA Real Estate Board
  • License No. 01901433
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2020 Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 2019 Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Service
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Academic Excellence Award in Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2014
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Publications

  • California Western Law Journal
  • Mandatory Minimums in the United States (Non published)
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Diamond Club
  • Choosing the Right Entity Type for Your Business
  • 2019
  • Diamond Club
  • The Top 10 Ways to Avoid the Probate Court
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Probate Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had a case that involved a lis pendens, which I had never dealt with before. Samantha is very proficient with them in her probate practice and became co-counsel with me to handle that part of the matter. She was incredibly knowledgeable, meticulous and thorough. She billed her time honestly and was amazing in front of the judge in the hearing. Needless to say, we won our motion. I would highly recommend her to anyone with a probate issue."
Probate Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha is an amazing trust and probate litigation attorney. She has helped many of my clients resolve probate and conservatorship issues. She genuinely cares for her clients and it shows in her work."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha is intelligent and pays attention to all the details. I wholeheartedly recommend this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Smith provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Smith provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha is very active in the legal community. She provides people with information and advice in order to best meet their needs. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Samantha is extremely bright and aggressive. She has extreme integrity and passion for her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse her!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha Smith is a knowledgeable attorney. She provides excellent answers to legal inquiries. I endorse this attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Smith is very knowledgeable in her practice areas and is always willing to share thoughtful advice with the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Samantha is a very knowledge real estate attorney. She excels in the representation of any residential or commercial real estate transaction."
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Tustin Probate Lawyer Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith
Probate Attorney
Tustin, CA
Licensed for 7 years
Free Consultation