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Gregory John Chilina

Probate Attorney at Atascadero, CA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Gregory

Learn Gregory’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Court supervised process of administration of a deceased person's estate

    10 years

  2. Trusts
    Advise to trustees of a trust; trust litigation including representing trustees and beneficiaries in lawsuits involving trusts

    10 years

  3. Estate planning
    Draft of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, medical directives and generally creating an estate plan

    10 years

  4. Business
    Business entity formation, mergers, and dissolution; contracts; litigation and lawsuits involving businesses

    12 years

  5. Real estate
    Commercial and residential real estate leases; real property transactions; neighbor and boundary line disputes and litigation; water rights

    12 years

Greg Chilina is an attorney for and shareholder of Chilina Law Firm, a Professional Corporation, focusing on general business law and estate planning. Prior to forming Chilina Law Firm, Greg gained extensive business knowledge and experience by working in business banking and lending for nearly 20 years. Greg’s general business law practice ranges in scope from business formation to general business advisement as well as business dissolution and bankruptcy. Greg also practices in the areas of business and real estate transactions, commercial law, and business litigation. Greg’s estate planning practice focuses on building comprehensive estate plans, will and trust preparation along with preparation of advanced health care directives and power of attorney. Greg also practices in the areas of guardianships and probate matters.


Greg was admitted to the State Bar of California in May of 2011. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. Greg received his Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School in July 2010 and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Oregon in December 1995.


Greg is passionate about the law, charismatic, and extremely loyal to his clients. Greg provides the same high quality work, dedication, and diligence to large and small cases alike. Greg places high value on his relationships with his clients and makes it a priority to keep the client informed during the entire process. He believes that open communication is an integral part to a satisfactory resolution of any matter.


Greg lives in Atascadero, California with his wife and son where he enjoys surfing, backpacking, and camping. Greg volunteers his time and provides pro bono legal services for various philanthropic non-profit organizations on the Central Coast.

Contact Gregory

Chilina Law Firm, a Professional Corporation
3524 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA, 93422


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Debra | September 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
We really enjoyed working with Greg. He was very professional and cost efficient. We really appreciated that he got back to us right away with answers to our questions. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer.
Posted by Robin | July 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney for Leases for Commercial Businesses and Property
I highly recommend Greg Chilina for legal representation. I was Trustee of a commercial building and its property. Two businesses had been renting space for many years and neither had a lease. Independently, each business had an opportunity to sell, contingent on having sound, legal leases. Each prospective buyer had an attorney to ensure that the leases were in their client's best interest. There were also time constraints to complete the sales. I was stunned by the timing, my lack of knowledge and my responsibility. I scheduled a consultation with Mr. Chilina based on what I read about him on the internet! I described my plight and he gave me a clear explanation of what would need to be done. I agreed and Greg quickly initiated the processes. Despite the timing constraints, Mr. Chilina devised two leases to the satisfaction of everyone, prior to the deadlines. Additionally, he greatly improved the value of the property. Greg needed to communicate with two different lawyers, advise me regarding what documentation he would need from me. We discussed decisions that would protect both the tenants and the owner. I had a highly successful outcome for all my legal needs. Greg's knowledge, experience and excellent communication skills made negotiations go smoothly. I have great confidence in Greg's professional abilities. He is a clear communicator and gave me excellent advice. I was also able to sell the building and property due to the new tenants having excellent leases. Greg was great to work with. I learned a lot from this experience. I appreciate his kindness, friendly manner and patience!
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Posted by Chris | July 12, 2020
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Fantastic representation
We love Greg and his team, set us up with our first business. Got us all set up with all the material and information we need it. Turn around time was fantastic. Far as exceeded our expectations. Extremely courteous with questions and helping out.
Posted by Dirk | July 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful.....Down to Earth common sense...
My wife and I were referred to the Chilina Law firm by a friend to help with a real-estate contract matter. We were both impressed by Greg's ability to listen and understand the situation we had found ourselves in. I appreciated his "down to earth" common sense approach to resolving the problem we were facing. He represented us with professionalism and credibility. We resolved the matter amicably to both parties. I would highly recommended the Chilina law firm if you are looking for a reliable, professional, attentive and understanding lawyer to represent you.
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Posted by Timothy | July 7, 2020
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Excellent attorney
I formed an LLC and bought ought a business partner. Greg was very knowledgeable and helpful with all of the steps required.
Posted by Wendi | July 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
We hired Greg for our real estate transaction. He had great suggestions and was beyond helpful in our navigation of selling our home by owner. We highly recommend him
Posted by Cheryl | July 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Probate Attorney
I reached out to Greg Chilina after my family asked me to manage the estate of my step-mom who passed unexpectedly. The will had not been updated in 46 years which brought its own challenges as well as easement issues on the 11 acre property which needed to be prepared for a sale. Greg was supportive, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. He made regular contact with me and provided clear and concise written communication that assisted me in keeping the heirs apprised of the progress of the estate settlement process. In our situation we also needed an experienced CPA. I asked if Greg could recommend a local firm which he did. Not being from San Luis Obispo County, I appreciated the professional relationships Greg developed in the local area as my family benefitted from those services including real estate, banking and an accounting firm. I can recommend, without reservation, Greg Chilina to anyone seeking legal assistance for probate matters.
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Posted by Annette | July 2, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I contacted Greg Chilina after receiving a letter threatening legal action against me (successor trustee) from a beneficiary of my Mom and Dad's estate. Shortly after the letter arrived, I was served at my front door with a lawsuit from the attorney of the beneficiary. I met Greg in his office, inundated him with questions and his answers were clear and to the point. He provided reassuring counsel and advice. I trusted him and he certainly knew what he was doing. Everything went smoothly and everything was explained along the way, from litigation to mediation. In addition to his knowledge, I appreciated his kindness in what was for me a most stressful situation. Thank you Greg!
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Posted by Bethany | June 28, 2018
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Straightforward, consistent, excellent service
My husband and I hired Greg Chilina after working with another attorney for over a year with little progress. The defendant was unresponsive to all notifications, until Greg Chilina stepped in. We found him by referral from the SLO County Bar Association and I’m grateful we did! He listened to the entire, complex situation, gave us multiple scenarios for next steps and let us know how much to expect to spend. His estimates were accurate, his team communicated quickly and effectively with all involved and the result from mediation (excellent group recommended by the Chilina team) was the best we could have hoped for. The defendant, as trustee, had greatly reduced the estate, lost valuable property, heirlooms, etc. and looked judgement-proof. With excellent service and clear strategy, Greg Chilina changed what looked like a total loss into a successful regain of a former estate. My husband and I look forward to working with him in the future and would highly recommend him and his team.
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Posted by Joe | April 1, 2015
Contract for a Lot Line Adjustment
We recently were introduced to Chilina Law Firm by a local real estate group. We were in need of a contract that would not only satisfy us but also work for the other party involved. Greg was very efficient and concise in the work he did for us. He was able to gather the information, translate it and deliver a very precise contract which needed very little revision. He was very professional, prompt in responsiveness and really easy to work with. I would highly recommend his firm to anyone!
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Posted by Rick | April 1, 2015
excellent experience.
We used Greg and his wife Karen on a real property research issue, they were ready when I got to the office, and their questions were great. They completed the research and an extensive opinion letter (including allot of property history that I didn't know and found very helpful) in the time committed to and under estimated cost. They were a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Pam | March 27, 2015
Went the Extra Mile
I have heard lots of attorney jokes in my life, so when I needed an attorney, I wasn't very excited about the prospect. I had such a positive experience working with Greg, that I'll never tell another attorney joke (well, maybe one or two). Greg was extremely knowledgeable - which one would expect. But what I didn't expect was his responsiveness, his ability to put "legalese" into plain English, and his talent for thinking beyond the obvious. I had been very upfront about my financial situation but he found a way to work within my budget while giving me top dollar attention and advice. He thoroughly described my options, the pros and cons of each, and what each option looked like from a dollar perspective. I never doubted for a minute that I was receiving excellent advice from someone who not only knew the law but exhibited kindness and understanding as well.
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Posted by Andrea | March 26, 2015
Someone you can trust!
Being in a situation where you need legal advice, but you have been scammed by an attorney previously, I can't state strongly enough the relief I felt to find someone I could trust to really think of my best interests. Greg is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I needed help to decide a course of action with some mortgage issues that I was struggling with. We discussed multiple options including bankruptcy, settling the debt, etc. I believe Greg gave my case abundant thought and he was realistic in his expectations of my success with the various options. I also feel his background in banking, specifically with special assets, gave him a unique insight of my issues that was invaluable to me. His fees were reasonable and well documented. I would recommend him to anyone! Thank you, Greg.
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Posted by Steve | March 16, 2015
Extremely Responsive
I am working with Greg on a small business contract, and his responsiveness is unparalleled. I am treated and responded to as if I am a VIP client. The personal service really sets Greg apart.
Posted by Don | June 24, 2014
Damn good attorney
I have known Greg for many years on a professional level. He has always been honest, caring and professional. He has done work for me in the past and I would not hesitate to to use him in the future.
Posted by Jesse | June 16, 2014
Responsive and thorough
I have worked with Mr. Chilina in the past regarding some mortgage and real estate issues. He is incredibly responsive and diligent when it comes to collecting all of the facts and doing the proper research to give the most thorough and informed opinion possible. I would (and will) highly recommend him to my friends and clients in the future.
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Posted by Julie | January 7, 2013
Review of Greg Chilina
Greg has provided our non-profit corporation with assistance with our Corporate Book as well as our Corporate Bylaws. Greg is responsive, helpful and extremely easy to work with. He does whatever research he has to do to find an answer to a question and he's very thorough in his responses. He has great follow through as well.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.5 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Chilina Law Firm, a Professional Corporation
  • 2014 - Present
  • Commercial Banking Officer
  • Mission Community Bank
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gregory J. Chilina
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Commercial Relationship Manager
  • Pacific Western Bank
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Commercial Relationship Manager
  • Heritage Oaks Bank
  • 2006 - 2011
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  • Concord Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Endorse Gregory
Business Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Greg is very knowledgeable about business law. I have worked with Greg on many business matters, including general business advisement, formation, dissolution, and litigation based on contract dispute. He is extremely competent and diligent, and I highly recommend him."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
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