Catalino Law Offices

Estate Planning Made Easy. Wills, Probate and Trust Administration in Los Angeles

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Firm Overview

The firm opened its doors for business in 2004. Catalino Law Offices is committed to providing personalized service of the highest quality. Advice is easy to understand, thorough and effective. Services are provided to individuals, couples and families.

Example cases

Married couple with children wants to set up estate plan, consisting of revocable trust, wills and other documents, to pass on family wealth and provide for the administration of assets during incapacity.

Advising persons named as executor or trustee of someone else's will or trust, regarding administration issues including tax questions and distributions.

Estate planning for multigenerational family with over $40M in assets.

Assisting family with transfer of family owned and operated business.

Estate planning for single man with significant business interests.

Main Office

Main
12121 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1103
Los Angeles  CA  90025

Phone
  • (310) 979-3366
Fax
  • (310) 979-3311

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. One hour for estate planning clients. Half hour for probate and trust administration clients.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most estate planning services are provided on a fixed fee basis. A basic estate plan for a married couple (consisting of a living trust, wills, durable powers of attorney, healthcare directives, marital property agreement, and assistance with funding home) is generally between $2,500 and $4,000 for the couple. However, we rarely give a specific quote until the end of the one-hour consultation, because we need to understand each person's financial situation and estate planning goals in order to provide advice and make recommendations.

Hourly Rates

$350 for principal attorney; $200 for associate; $95 for paralegal time.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After hours by appointment only.

Office Manager

Varies

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Italian

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I enjoy working with people and assisting them in passing on their family wealth.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Educated clients make the best clients.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, at hourly rate. Generally, however, it's more cost-effective to draft clear effective documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes.

Cynthia Catalino

Prior to forming Catalino Law Offices in 2004, I practiced for over 8 years in the Trusts and Estates Departments of two national law firms, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, in Los Angeles, and the Orange County office of Baker & Hostetler LLP.

My experience teaching seminars and answering questions from lawyers and accountants regarding effective estate planning techniques has helped me in my practice.

I enjoy problem solving and communication solutions to clients.

My goal is to provide personalized service of the highest quality to individuals and families with an approach that is easy to understand, thorough and effective. Estate planning made easy.

Personal interests:

I enjoy sports and spending time with family and friends.

License
  • Bar Number: 167124
    California , 1993
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    J.D. , 1993
    Malibu, CA
    Estate Planning Seminar. President, International Law Society.
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    L.L.M. (Tax) with Honors , 1997
    Los Angeles, CA
    Estate Planning and Administration.
  • Vassar College
    B.A. , 1988
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Drama

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