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Joseph Stephen Pearl

Estate planning Attorney at Bakersfield, CA

4.7   16 reviews
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  • State Years
    California - CA 16 years
    Nevada - NV 16 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

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Practice areas

Mr. Pearl is a third generation Bakersfield attorney who is qualified to handle most of your consumer bankruptcy issues. In addition, Mr. Pearl can handle complex issues in other areas of law such as Estate Planning, Elder Law/Medi-Cal Planning, Probate and Trust Administration

 

 

Location

Joseph S. Pearl, LL.M.
1400 Chester Ave., Suite K
Bakersfield, CA, 93301

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Claire Haser | October 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional
Rapid response, concise information. We chose to put this problem off, but would use this atty again.
Posted by Mark | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, quick to answer questions and respond, stays on top of things, and very affordable.
Joseph is a very professional and outstanding bankruptcy attorney. If you are looking for someone to handle your bankruptcy, he is the one to call. He goes above and beyond and will take you through each step of the process explaining and clarifying everything along the way. He is quick to answer your questions and stays on top of everything. His rates are very reasonable.  My wife and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Janelle | December 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very speedy response
Mr. Pearl returned my call within a few hours and spent the time to answer my questions and help me understand what I needed to do to transfer a property in California to an heir in Arizona. He was very kind and advised me on the next steps. I will be calling him back when we are ready to get this transfer completed. He also offered a reasonable rate for this service when we are ready.
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Posted by Amber | August 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have handled the estate without him!
I highly recommend Mr. Pearl for anyone seeking legal counsel regarding estate planning. We had the absolute pleasure of working with Mr. Pearl on a Trust Litigation to which he worked on diligently for our family. He had great communication with us and was always willing to answer our questions. All of his hard work and sound legal advice allowed us to successfully finalize our family’s estate. We couldn’t have done it without him!!!
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Posted by Debbie | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Pearl excellent, professional Probate Attorney
Mr. Pearl was very helpful with our dads estate after 25 years of inactivity, he was able to complete the probate case without any issues. Mr. Pearl is very professional, compassionate and understanding to our situation. During court proceedings Mr. Pearl was a blessing to us and I highly recommend him to handle any probate case, he is the best in the business.
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Posted by Marilyn | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed to find him
To start out my mother is aging and we needed to get her estate worked out. I went not knowing what he charged but the average from phone calls to lawyers was between $1,500 to $4,000. I went to him because I got to actually talk to him on the phone (only receptionist other places). He got us right in but wanted Mom to go in alone, I was worried she couldn't handle it, that she might need my help. He did it because he wanted to be sure no one was influencing her, that she was getting what SHE wanted. Talk about integrity! After few minutes I could hear her laughing in the room, I felt so much better. Since she only has a house and savings he found a way to get everything we needed for the Estate including Durable Health Care POA etc for under the lowest price quoted anywhere (under $1,000). There was a little delay but so worth it, such quality work and delivered to my office in a nice Binder. He is nice, trustworthy, affordable, and does quality work.
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Posted by Patti | November 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joseph Pearl is attentive, professional and gets results
Mr. Pearl took the time to talk to us over the phone several times before we finally had to start court proceedings. He was attentive, helpful and knew how to help us. Once we had to petition the court, he handled it all for us, long distance. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Blodgie | October 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Customer Service
I have used Joseph for my personal business, and consequently refer my clients & family without hesitation. He is excellent with his clients & returns calls & emails promptly.
Posted by Rhonda | October 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional, knowledgeable and patient.
Joseph Pearl did a fantastic job getting me and my family through a very daunting probate/estate settlement. He was always available and eager to answer my thousand questions. Professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I'd highly recommend him and his services.
Posted by Julie | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
We had an unusual and complicated issue with my parents estate. After receiving no help from another local attorney I went to Mr Pearl. His knowledge of estate law was obvious when he proposed options for us. He was able to straighten everything out and get our issue settled. Highly recommend Mr. Pearl for any kind of estate/trust/will law. We will be using him again in the future.
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Posted by william | February 21, 2015
Made a great impression with us
Mr. Pearl was not available to start a new case as quickly as we needed .. so we had to engage another attorney. Mr. Pearl was always our first choice and we were very impressed with our conversations. Since we did not engage him we can't speak to anything other than our first impressions. But we told him that if we needed to find another attorney he would be our first call. We would highly recommend anyone needing an attorney to give him a call and be sure to at least decide for yourself if he is right for you. We will if needed to again... He should at least be on your short to call ...
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Posted by Wes | September 15, 2014
Probate
I went to Joseph after I had a very bad experience with Larry R. Cox at Young Wooldridge. I was buying a house from a family who lost their dad to brain cancer. The father passed away without a will and he was the only one on the deed so before the family could sell me their house they needed to go through probate. After Larry Cox offended the oldest child and claimed the family was like herding cats he fired me, the widow and the children while taking the retainer money. Later I found out he was up selling me on services and reports that we never needed and was dragging out our probate so I would pay him more and more money. I would never mention Larry Cox nor the law firm he represents in this post except for the fact that the service was so horrible and out right ruthless that it's worth mentioning here as to protect anyone from getting burned by Larry Cox or the law firm he represents, Young Wooldridge. To sum it up Joseph Pearl came to the rescue. After we lost our shirts at Young Wooldridge I made it my mission to find the best attorney possible to make up for lost time and stolen money. I found 6 other attorneys, Joseph Pearl Included, I called them and interviewed them each. After you get burned by a lawyer it's a lot easier to read between the lines and sift out the vampires from the honest hard working attorneys that are actually there to help people and who also care about their good name and business. I can tell you not only did Joseph save the day he charged me only a quarter of what Cox was charging me and he came up with an idea to get around the normal probate process to essentially make probate go super quick for the widow and children. I'm still surprised myself how seamless and easy Joseph made everything. So yes, I highly recommend Joseph and I will definitely be using him in the future. He's honest, will listen to you and he will expedite whatever it is you're striving to accomplish!
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Posted by Jolene | September 11, 2014
Excellent attorney at a fair price.
Joseph is professional and gets the job done. Our bankruptcy went smoothly and even a year after being discharged, he helped stopped a collection call for us. I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Gerardo G. | October 5, 2011
new start...
Joseph was professional, affordable and quick. Joseph explained step by step the procedures of my bankruptcy. I highly recommend him to anyone who is going through financial hardship. Thanks Joseph for giving me a new start...
Posted by Veronica | January 14, 2014
One man did it all
I chose Mr. Pearl based on a previous review that I read online. The writer stated how helpful Mr. Pearl had been to her and her husband when they were looking for a lawyer to help with their estate planning. Mr. Pearl was very helpful and professional throughout the process. The final product was presented to me in a beautiful leather binder engraved with my name. I am totally satisfied with the final product after meeting with Mr. Pearl for an initial consultation. From that first meeting he developed a draft of my plan and e-mailed it to me for reviewing and editing. After the third meeting the final product was developed and presented to me to be signed and notarized. I loved that Mr. Pearl was a one man did it all. He developed the product, had the documents notarized and filed in the proper places. I found him to be very patient and flexible with his time. He definitely met my needs and made the experience a pleasant one.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wasted my time
I waited over two weeks to have a consultation for a Mr. Pearl to review some very important business documents. He waits until the very last day, calls me and says he didn't get to reviewing them and wanted to put it off even longer. Wasted my time and completely messed up my entire business transaction schedule.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph S. Pearl, LL.M - A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • CHAIN | COHN | STILES
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Klein, De Natale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Benjamin, Weill & Mazer, APC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Property Manager
  • True Traditions
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Kern County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws (with honors)
  • 2007
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • Undergraduate
  • 2000

Associations

  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • CASA of Kern County
  • Fundraising Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • CASA of Kern County
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2012
  • CASA of Kern County
  • Golf Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Award for academic excellence: Secured Transactions
  • Computer Assisted Learning Institute
  • 2006

Publications

  • KDG Legal Alert
  • Taxation of Non-Statutory Stock Options
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Trusts and Estates Question and Answer
  • 2014
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2014
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Workshop Series at the Kern County Law Library
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Workshop Series (Kern County Law Library)
  • Consumer Law
  • 2013
  • Build Your Own Business Workshop
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directives
  • 2013
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2013
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2013
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Corporations and LLCs
  • 2012
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • BNI Get Connected Seminar
  • Avoiding Probate
  • 2012
  • Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Endorse Joseph
Probate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Pearl is an excellent probate attorney. He always exhibits professionalism with a compassionate and considerate demeanor. He is highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pearl is an excellent attorney with a great reputation in our community."
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