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Welcome to A v v o.  My legal interests are Chapter 7 bankruptcy, estate planning, wills, trusts, probates, and trust administration. 


Estate Plannning, Wills and Trusts

I collaborate with my clients on the best tools for them to achieve their desires.  I work mostly with people who have estates under 1 million dollars.  I work with families to structure planning to achieve the interests of the donors and the beneficiaries and maximize tax avoidance and savings. 


Probate and Trust Administration

When a loved one dies, the trauma to the family is intense.  I work closely with the executor or the trustee to tell them the process of the administration.  Most people are new to the experience of being an executor or a trustee.  I help them understand their role and walk them through the process.




Practice areas


  1. Probate: 50%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ellen Marie Cheney

    Laura represents her clients well, knows her areas of practice thoroughly, and demonstrates integrity at all times. I have had the opportunity to observe Laura's pratice in both the probate and bankruptcy environments and she is the consummate professional.


    Ellen Cheney Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Laura Bartels is an extremley conscientious, intelligent and empathic attorney. She is thorough, current and an expert in estate planning.


    Kimberly Shean Juvenile law Attorney
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Contact info

540 Sespe Ave #2
Fillmore, CA, 93015-1990


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Gave away 1,000 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2010
Gave away 1,000 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2009
Gave away over 600 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2008
Soroptimist Woman of the YearFillmore Soroptimist Club2008
Volunteer Lawyers Services Program (VLSP)Ventura County Bar Association2003
California State Assembly Certificate of RecognitionAssemblymember Jenny Oropeza, 53rd District2001
State Bar of California Estate Planning Trust Probate SectionSpeakers Bureau Certificate for Educating California Senior Citizens2001
2001 Bar President's Pro Bono Service AwardCalifornia State Bar Association2001
California Senate Certificate of RecognitionSenator Bob Margett, 27th District2001
California State Assembly Certificate of RecognitionJackie Goldberg, 45th Assembly District2001
Volunteer Lawyers Services ProgramVentura County Bar Association2001
Certificate of RecognitionSanta Paula Hospital Board of Directors2000
Community Service CommendationVentura County Board of Supervisors1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTaylor, Scoles & Bartels1997 - Present
ParalegalTaylor & Scoles1988 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ventura County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Ventura County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaEstate Planning, Trusts and Probates Speakers Bureau2001 - Present
Santa Clara Valley Legal AidDirector2000 - Present
California Advocates for Nursing Home ReformMember2000 - Present
Ventura County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Santa Clara Valley Legal AidMember1997 - Present
American Bar Association, Solo Practioners and Small Firms SectionMember1997 - Present
Ventura County 99s- Women PilotsMember1993 - Present
Fillmore Chamber of CommerceMember1988 - Present
Scholarship Awards CommitteeVentura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law2004 - 2008
Heritage Valley Tourism BureauBoard of Directors1998 - 2000
Ventura County Planning CommissionPlanning Commissioner1993 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Ventura County Bar Association CitationsSanta Clara Valley Legal Aid Begins 16th Year2011
Ventura County Bar Citations"From Lawyer to People"2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Barbara Conflict Management InstituteN/AMediation Certificate2005
Ventura College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Mount Holyoke CollegeHistory and Women's StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fillmore LionsWinter Coats for Needy Kids2011
Soroptimist MeetingWinter Coats for Needy Kids2010