Your Trusted California Estate Planning and Probate Law Firm
Providing comprehensive estate planning services in California
Proper estate planning is essential to protecting your family, assets and business partners. No matter how small or large your net worth, the caring and thorough estate planning attorneys at Susan Stricklin Wilson make sure that you have an estate plan to:
Protect your assets
Ensure the smooth transfer of assets to your family, other loved ones or favorite charities
Protect disabled loved ones
Transfer assets in a thoughtful, tax-efficient manner without delay or unnecessary expenses to you and beneficiaries after your death
Defend you in estate planning and probate litigation matters
Protecting your legacy and family
Since 1988, Susan Stricklin Wilson and Barbara K. Meserve have provided experienced advice and services in the following matters:
We bring more than 50 years of combined experience to the table to help you make the best legal, financial and care decisions for your unique set of circumstances. We can also advise you on aging considerations and how to pay for long-term care. We want to help you protect the nest egg that you worked so long and so hard for.
Dedicated to successfully serving our California clients
Susan Stricklin Wilson represents individuals and families focusing on the cities of San Diego, Encinitas and throughout California.
Our award-winning lawyers have earned the respect of clients and the Encinitas legal community. Susan Stricklin Wilson has achieved an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratinga distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards.
You and your family can count on Susan Stricklin Wilson
For legal assistance with your estate planning, trust administration and probate matters, call Susan Stricklin Wilson at 760.942.1278 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.
416 Second St.
Encinitas, CA 92024
California Estate Planning Attorneys
Encinitas estate attorneys helping you plan
Whether planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, the attorneys at Susan Stricklin Wilson can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
Estate tax issues
Probate and will disputes
Wills drafting and execution
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, comprehensive estate planning attorneys, Susan Wilson and Barbara Meserve consider how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.
We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting your last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court will determine how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet, decisions that might not reflect your desires.
The attorneys at Susan Stricklin Wilson can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Susan Stricklin Wilson drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, numbers of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care, especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian who will take responsibility for your pets.
Contact estate planning lawyers you can trust at Susan Stricklin Wilson
Serving clients throughout Encinitas, contact Susan Stricklin Wilson at 760.942.1278 or contact us online.
Areas of practice
Estate and Trust Administration
Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
Probate and Trust Litigation
Admitted to practice
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1983
Awards and honors
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
University of Southern California, J.D., 1983
Stanford University, A.B., 1977, with honors
State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Betts v. City National Bank (2007), Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, 156 Cal.App.4th 222, 67 Cal.Rptr.3d 152
Estate of Hughes (1992), Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, 5 Cal.App.4th 1607, 7 Cal.Rptr.2d 742
Born in Memphis, Tennessee
Extern Law Clerk to Judge J. Lawrence Irving, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1983
Associate, Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps, San Diego, California, 19831988
Sole Practitioner since 1988