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Attorney and Founder

Martha Patterson, Esq.

Attorney and Founder

Martha Patterson, Esq.

Attorney and Founder

Martha Patterson is a California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She focuses on Elder Law, Asset Protection and Estate Planning. She is a Member of NAELA; Past President of Southern California NAELA. Featured on CNN, Good Morning America, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, and radio stations KABC, KNX, and KKLA. She overcame incredible objections and enabled Kerri and Julie Kasem to visit their dad radio host Casey Kasem. She is a frequent lecturer for NBI, and is a at MCLE events, and public forums.

I learned early on that life was full of challenges. My brother was killed in a car accident when I was 15, and ten months later, my father died of cancer. I went to law school to follow in my father’s footsteps, believing that lawyers help people. After all, our family had been helped by my dad’s lawyer friends when my brother and dad died.

I spent the first 10 years of my practice as a successful litigator, winning a number of cases. I then discovered the field of elder law. Elder care law is an area of law truly dedicated to helping the elderly and disabled, as well as families who have special challenges.I wanted to be one of the best Elder Law Attorneys in the country. With that goal in mind, I put in lots of time and effort studying to garner experience and become certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. (There are fewer than 40 lawyers in California with this designation.)

As an Elder Law Attorney, I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of families. The stress families feel when they come into my office disappears as I patiently explain the solutions available, and I provide them with the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that my legal experience and education has enabled me to ensure that assets are preserved and loved ones will receive the care they need.

I have been a trusted guide as families have struggled with placing loved ones in skilled nursing care. I have supported them as they took over the healthcare and financial decisions for loved ones who were no longer capable of taking care of themselves due to dementia, stroke, or another disease that robs a person of their mental abilities. I have been by their side as they guided parents facing a terminal diagnosis in planning for an adult child who would need assistance for the rest of their lives. I have helped many create estate plans that avoided taxes and fees at death, while making sure that if my client did not die, but lived with dementia, disability, or disease, that they would receive the best care possible while their assets would be protected so they would not go broke when they needed long-term care.

I have been fortunate to be able to make sure that my mother could live at home, despite needing care at 90, and have been able to use my knowledge to make sure that – even though we had to go to court to fix her trust when it failed – she has the best care possible and that, when she needs the assistance of the government benefits available to those who need long-term care, she will be able to use these benefits without losing her assets.

When you call me or plan a visit in my office, you will find that I understand your stress and pain, and that I have solutions to the challenges you face. My customized Legacy Protection Plans will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your assets will be preserved, and that no matter what challenges your family faces, I will be your personal legal advisor to make sure that the plans you make will be honored.

Professional Memberships

  • California State Bar Certified Specialist; Trusts, Probate and Estates
  • Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Southern and Northern California Chapters of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • California Licensed Insurance Agent License #OK58144

Education

  • BS Human Services California State University Fullerton
  • JD Western State University, Fullerton, California

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • California Admitted 1983 State Bar #108322, US District Court Central District

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