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I am blessed with an amazing wife and wonderful children. We love to spend time together exploring the beauty that southern California has to offer. I am also a classically-trained violinist and celtic fiddle player, with a particular soft spot for the music of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. "The Lover's Waltz" was the first tune I played for my future wife, and the first dance at our wedding.


 


As an elder law attorney, I strive to help ease the burdens of aging for my clients and their families by taking a holistic approach to planning for life's challenges.  Whether a client is in health care crisis, inquiring about eligibility for VA pension benefits, or is simply looking for estate planning, they will benefit from a thorough review of their particular situation and a plan customized to their needs and goals.


 


As an estate planner, I work with families to address concerns beyond the mere financial disposition of their estates: Who will make your health care decisions and what authorities should be given to them? What is the level of incapacity that will allow your Power of Attorney agent to step in for you? Are there any beneficiaries who might be receiving disability benefits when you die, and how can you provide for them while not forcing them to lose their health insurances and financial benefits? 


 


I look forward to assisting  clients and their families as they navigate the challenges of planning for possible incapacity and the eventual distribution of their estates. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any question you may have.


 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Elder Law: 25%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Probate: 25%
  4. Estate Planning: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • David A Wendell

    I have had the pleasure of working with Chris for many years on a variety of matters. Chris' significant background in finance, tax, and estate planning make him my personal "go to" guy when I have a matter involving a more complex estate.

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Contact info

The Alvarez Firm

1200 Paseo Camarillo
Ste. 170
Camarillo, CA, 93010

The Alvarez Firm, PC

24005 Ventura Blvd.
Calabasas, CA, 91302

The Alvarez Firm

2625 Townsgate Road
Suite 330
Westlake Village, CA, 91361

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive201105/24/2016
ORActive200408/20/2016
MIResigned200508/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Alvarez Firm, PC2012 - Present
AttorneyPixton Law Group2010 - 2012
Financial AdvisorMorgan Stanley2009 - 2010
Financial AdvisorMerrill Lynch2006 - 2009
Associate AttorneyWright Penning & Beamer PC2004 - 2006
Judicial Extern for Hon. Henry W. SaadMichigan Court Of Appeals2003 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ventura County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention CouncilBoard of Directors2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)Member2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2012 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2012 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration SectionMember2010 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Elder Law Section, Computers and Technology SubcommitteeExecutive Committee Member2012 - 2013
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2011 - 2012
Senior Provider Information NetworkBoard of Directors2011 - 2012
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarEstate Planning for the Disabled - Course Book2015
National Business Institute SeminarEthical Considerations - Course Book2015
Oregon State Bar - Elder Law NewsletterWhere to find regulations, policy manuals, forms, and more to help clients who are veterans2012
Retirement Connection GuideFour Steps to Help Plan for Disability2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ave Maria School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Christendom CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Camarillo Health Care DistrictLegal Tools for Caregivers2016
Trusts 101 (CE for Attorneys, CPAs)Ethical Considerations2015
Trusts 101 (CE for Attorneys, CPAs)Estate Planning for the Disabled2015
Lawyers in the LibraryOh No...Someone Died2015
Lawyers in the LibrarySpecial Needs Trusts2015
Camarillo Health Care DistrictWhat Happens If I Don't Die?2015
Camarillo Health Care DistrictSomeone Died! What Now?2015
Lawyers in the LibraryOMG! Someone Died!2014
Caregiver ResourcesLegal Tools for Caregivers2014
Camarillo Health Care DistrictWhat Happens If I Don't Die?2014
Camarillo Health Care DistrictSomebody Died...What Now?2014
The Bonaventure - Holiday Retirement Legal SeriesIs Your Legal House In Order?2013
Simi Hills - Holiday Retirement Legal SeriesIs Your Legal House In Order?2013
Rotary Club Luncheon SpeakerPlanning Your Future Quiz2013
The Upside of DownsizingAsset Protection & Estate Planning2012
Making Life ChoicesPlanning Your Future: The Good, the Bad, and the Necessary2012
Ethics in Marketing PanelEthical Marketing to Seniors - A Legal Perspective2012
Aging In Place SeminarLife & Estate Planning2012
Legal NotesElder Law Questions & Answers2011
Caritas Villa Speaker SeriesElder Law & Estate Planning2011
Caregiver Support ClassSenior Resources - Elder Law2011