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About me

Practicing law and developing good lasting relationships with my clients is very important to me.


I was originally in house counsel at various corporations -- Sun MS, HP, Symantec - doing corporate business law.


When I left inhouse practice to care for my Mother full time who had Alzheimer's, I realized that I wanted to educate people on the importance of planning for their golden years and for their family.


Due to the high costs of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, I became a long term care insurance specialist.  I then changed my law focus to estate planning and elder law.


In addition to my practice, I welcome the opportunity to educate the public on the importance of planning for their golden years .  I donate time to provide legal advice and education through the "Lawyers in the Library" program with my local bar association.


I now truly enjoy the practice of the law because I can see the results of the help I provide to my clients.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 40%
    7 years, 20 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    18 years, 40 cases
  3. Business: 10%
    23 years, 175 cases
  4. Contracts: 10%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mrs. Santaella. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact her for help.


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  • Monty Lee Donohew

    Ivette's response to inquiries are admirable and well informed. She is an obviously talented attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Blackwell, Santaella & Jahangiri LLP

111 Deerwood Road
Suite 200
San Ramon, CA, 94583-4743


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Special CommendationSun Microsystems2003
HP Diamond Award for ExcellenceHewlett Packard1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBlackwell & Santaella Legal Services, LLP2013 - Present
Business AdvisorSmall Business Development Corporation [SBDC]2013 - 2013
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Ivette M. Santaella2010 - 2013
Senior Corporate CounselSymantec Corporation2006 - 2007
Senior Corporate CounselSun Microsystems, Inc.2000 - 2004
Contract AttorneyHewlett Packard Company1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Contra Costa Senior Legal ServicesVolunteer Attorney2014 - Present
Minority Business EnterpriseAffiliate Member2014 - Present
Small Business Enterprise CertifiedMember2014 - Present
East Bay Trust & Estates LawyerMember2013 - Present
Earl Warren American Inn of CourtMember2013 - Present
South Asian Bar Association of Northern CaliforniaN/A2012 - Present
Wealth CounselN/A2011 - Present
Advisors ForumN/A2011 - Present
Department of Veteran's AffairsAttorney2011 - Present
Lawyer in the LibraryAttorney Member2010 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Solo Practice and Small Firm SectionN/A2010 - Present
La Raza Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Contra Costa County Hispanic Chamber of CommericeN/A2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1989 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Contra Costa County Bar Association MagazineUsing Social Media For Your Law Office2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American CollegeSpecial NeedsChSNC2012
University of California - IrvineInformation Technology ManagementMBA1998
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Fordham UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Saratoga Senior CenterEstate Planning & Elder Abuse2014
San Carlos Senior CenterEstate Planning & Elder Law2014
San Carlos Adult Community CenterElder Law2014
North Berkeley Senior CenterEstate Planning2014
Elder Law PresentationSocial Security, Medicare2014
Danville Public LibraryElder Law & Estate Planning2014
Commercial LeasesCommercial Leases2014
Business FormationBusiness Formation2014
Beat the Clock MCLE ExtravaganzaElimination of Bias in the Legal Profession2014
Senior Friendship DayElder Financial Abuse2013
Education SeriesElder Law Issues2013
Education SeriesSpecial Needs Trusts2013
Educating Seniors Project of State Bar of CAEstate Planning Matters and Avoiding Estate Planning Abuses2013
East Bay Business Seminar: Advancing Manufacturing CompaniesBusiness Law2013
Continuing EducationEstate Planning2013
Continuing EducationEstate Planning2013
Community PresentationAvoiding Estate Planning Pitfalls2013
Community EventEstate Planning & Elder Law2013
ADVANCING MANUFACTURING COMPANIESBusiness Formation & Succession Planning2013