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At Santaella Legal Group, APC, we are prepared to fight for your future. Whether it is elder law, or estate planning, we have your best interests in mind and are committed to getting you the best possible results in your case. Through experience and affordability we have gained unanimous praise from our past clients. Check out their testimonials and contact us today to begin reviewing your case with our attorneys.
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[Ivette] is passionate about the law and helping clients understand it.

“Ivette has all of the best qualities clients want in a lawyer. She is passionate about the law and helping clients understand it. She brings a multitude of life and career experiences to the table, which helps her better understand her clients and their needs. Ivette is an able advocate when litigation is necessary. She is highly respected by her peers and has earned a reputation for delivering excellent results while charging reasonable fees.”

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  • She is very approachable and empathetic.

    “Ms. Santaella was superb. She was very upfront about costs and extremely knowledgeable regarding wills and estates. It was a pleasure working with her and I am happy to recommend her. She is very approachable and empathetic.”

    Former Client

  • They know what they're doing!!

    “Have used Santaella Legal for all my clients' estate planning needs. Work has been consistently superior. They know what they're doing!!”

    Mike T.

  • Ivette is kind and caring and very knowledgeable.

    “Ivette is AMAZING and I will never forget the kindness she provided to me and my family at a very difficult time. Ivette helped with my mom's Trust and now that my mom is in a community, Ivette continues to be there for whatever questions I have regarding my mom's estate. Ivette is kind and caring and very knowledgeable. I would recommend Ivette to anyone looking for family or estate planning.”

    Former Client

  • [Ivette] is passionate about the law and helping clients understand it.

    “Ivette has all of the best qualities clients want in a lawyer. She is passionate about the law and helping clients understand it. She brings a multitude of life and career experiences to the table, which helps her better understand her clients and their needs. Ivette is an able advocate when litigation is necessary. She is highly respected by her peers and has earned a reputation for delivering excellent results while charging reasonable fees.”

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  • Her work is both competent and superior in every respect.

    Ivette’ has worked with our clients for many years. Her work is both competent and superior in every respect. This is a firm you cannot afford to ignore if you seek reliable trust and estate advice.

    Michael Tate

  • Ivette Santaella is very personable and makes the entire process of creating an estate plan much easier.

    “Ivette Santaella is very personable and makes the entire process of creating an estate plan much easier. What I appreciated most was her willingness to help me through the pre-work, answering questions and making sure I was clear on the language and terms of the trust. I value her as a knowledgeable attorney and someone I trust.”

    Tricia H.

  • Couldn't have asked for anyone better!

    “Ivette is Wonderful. She has taken care of me and my family to the fullest. We are so blessed that we were introduced to her to do our trust. Couldn't have asked for anyone better! Thank you Santaella Legal Group, APCi!!!!”

    Vickie Katsifolis

  • I recommend Ivette

    “She is a very fine and talented Attorney. She gave me great and solid advice on my legal issue. I recommend Ivette. She was very professional.”

    Robert

  • She is truly passionate about what she does, and her integrity is of the highest caliber.

    “Ivette helped us draft a very specific Advanced Health Care Directive and a comprehensive will. She took the time to get to know the needs and values of my wife and I, all the while being sensitive and kind, especially since drafting a will can inherently be sensitive in nature. I have since recommended her services to my family, and I will continue to refer to her. She is truly passionate about what she does, and her integrity is of the highest caliber.”

    Ezequiel R.

  • The whole process was made very easy...

    “I used the services of Santaella after hearing a community presentation by Ms. Santaella on "Trusts". I am so happy and pleased with their services. I worked with Ivette and she was so efficient, thorough and explained the process to me completely as we completed my documents. The whole process was made very easy starting with a questionnaire, prompt responses by email, meeting with her and then finalizing, complete with the notary present in her office. Her office even handled the recording of the trust and I promptly received my copy of the recorded final document in the mail.”

    Connie M.

  • Ivette Santaella is an experienced, energetic, client-focused attorney...

    “Ivette Santaella is an experienced, energetic, client-focused attorney who moves her clients through the estate planning process with ease and clarity. Her consultative approach ensures that her clients understand the process, make informed decisions, and receive an estate plan that provides a solid foundation for years to come.”

    Alay Yajnik, MBA - Certified Business Coach and Trainer

  • Thank you Ivette and Lubna!

    “My mother needs the resources of a skilled nursing facility but can't afford the $10K monthly cost. Ivette Santaella and Lubna Jahangiri helped me understand the options and how to qualify for Medi-Cal. I really appreciated the "one stop shopping", having Ivette and Lubna with different legal specialties confer on the best approach for my mother and myself. Together we legally and successfully protected her remaining assets including a complex real estate property transfer and obtained Medi-Cal long term coverage for her care. Thank you Ivette and Lubna!”

    Forrest S.

  • Excellent Attorney!

    “Ivette helped me with a series of complex issues involving different areas of estate planning and elder law. She continues to work with me to help manage our case as issues arise. She is an expert in her field and has helped us move mountains! I am so thankful for her help.”

    Gabriella G.

  • I only have good things to say about [Ivette].

    “I've worked with Ivette to draw up our family trust documents and I only have good things to say about her. She is competent, thorough, and honest. She did a great job of educating me along the way and answering every question that I and my wife had.

    We procrastinated a fair bit throughout this process and Ivette's office was good about gently reminding us to get our documents together and nudging us to get everything done. I've sent a couple of other people to speak to Ivette and they've each relayed to me that working with her was much easier than they expected estate planning work to be.”

    Nikolai P.

  • Work has been consistently superior.

    Have used Santaella Legal for all my clients' estate planning needs. Work has been consistently superior. They know what they're doing!!

    Mike T.

  • My objectives have been realized, and you both were a big part of those accomplishments!

    “I have experienced much progress during the past two months. My mother has settled into her new skilled nursing facility and seems reasonably content there. With your help I successfully transferred title for 10% of my property from my trust to my mother’s trust. I also applied for Medi-Cal benefits on behalf of my mother and just yesterday received approval. My objectives have been realized, and you both were a big part of those accomplishments! Thank you very much for all your help.”

    F.S.

  • Broad experience, competence, and integrity.

    In 2018, I was seriously ill.  My circumstances required me to make difficult decisions regarding my estate and my assets. I was referred to Santella Legal Group by my Financial Planner.

    Ms. Santaella, in my opinion, embodies all the invaluable qualities that a  Probate Attorney requires. Broad experience, competence, and integrity.

    My estate legal documents were complicated and disorganized. Ms. Santaella, took charge, created a Trust, prepared and filed essential court documents and explained how to fairly distribute funds left to family members.  Ms. Santaella showed me how to provide for, and protect my loved ones in the  event of my death.  Ms. Santaella navigated an extremely stressful period in my life with competence and compassion.

    I am happy to write on behalf of Santaella Legal Group.  I recommend anyone looking to "put their affairs in order" or plan to create a trust, or need probate advice, use the services of Santaella Legal group.

    Maria G.