The Ziskin Law Corp

The Ziskin Law Corp

Attorney Ken Ziskin offers customized, highly personal estate planning, probate and trust administration services to clients throughout California from his office in Sherman Oaks. Ken's wife Hinda provides a woman's non-lawyer perspective.

Firm Overview

For decades, Attorney Kenneth Ziskin has been the "Family Wealth Strategist"(sm). Ken has long held the highest rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale, and has a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from legal website AVVO.COM, from which he has received numerous "Client Choice" awards. Ken is particularly proud of the reviews clients have given him which can be viewed at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/91423-ca-kenneth-ziskin-151823/reviews.html. For a more complete bio, see https://www.family-wealth-strategies.com/attorney-bio

Ken works with individuals and families to design, implement and administer Living Trusts and advanced estate planning strategies, and to handle both probate and non-probate administration issues for clients who have lost a loved one. He helps clients understand and put in place strategies to pass family wealth and pass clients' deeply held values to their desired beneficiaries.

Ken focuses always on the integration of his clients' essential non-tax desires for their heirs with estate tax planning, income tax planning and appropriate asset protection planning to facilitate preservation and passing of wealth to benefit future generations. ​

Ken's Estate Planning and Living Trust strategies have saved his clients millions of dollars of taxes. While typical savings range from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars, in one case alone, his strategy saved nearly $200,000,000 in taxes for the beneficiaries of a deceased parent!

Main Office

Home Office
4532 Murietta Ave.
#101
Sherman Oaks CA 91423

Phone

(818) 988-0949

Fax

(855) 626-1402

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Usually no charge

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Living Trust Plans Basic post death trust administration

Hourly Rates

$600 - Probate fees normally fixed by statute other than extraordinary services

Office Information

Office Hours

9AM to 6 PM

Office Manager

Hinda Ziskin

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English

Probate

I focus on providing personalized help for clients in connection with probate, trust administration, post-mortem administration and estate planning. I emphasize assisting clients to identify, articulate and achieve their personal goals.

I am a sole practitioner and all planning for my clients reflects my judgment, assisted by my wife (a non-lawyer) who provides the perspective of a woman, wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to meeting with clients to help identify their goals and strategies that will achieve the goals, I do all of the trust drafting myself, though I use a paralegal in probate, trust administration and post-death administration to keep client costs down.

For decades, I have been the "Family Wealth Strategist"(sm). I have long held the highest rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale, and have a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from legal website AVVO.COM, from which I have received numerous "Client Choice" awards. I am particularly proud of the reviews clients have given me which can be viewed at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/91423-ca-kenneth-ziskin-151823/reviews.html. For a more complete bio, see https://www.family-wealth-strategies.com/attorney-bio

I work with individuals and families to design, implement and administer Living Trusts and advanced estate planning strategies, and to handle both probate and non-probate administration issues for clients who have lost a loved one. I help clients understand and put in place strategies to pass family wealth and pass clients' deeply held values to their desired beneficiaries.

I focuse always on the integration of clients' essential non-tax desires for their heirs with estate tax planning, income tax planning and appropriate asset protection planning to facilitate preservation and passing of wealth to benefit future generations.

My Estate Planning and Living Trust strategies have saved my clients millions of dollars of taxes. While typical savings range from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars, in one case alone, my strategy saved nearly $200,000,000 in taxes for the beneficiaries of a deceased parent! .

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

We believe it is important for clients to understand issues well enough so that CLIENTS can make the important planning decisions. We spend a lot of time educating our clients in plain language about relevant legal issues and the impact of different planning decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes

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

No

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes

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

No

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

We believe a large part of our job is to help clients understand legal principals well enough to make the important decisions themselves. Most legal issues are just personal, family or business issues that have legal consequences. If we can help you understand the consequences of different decisions, we can help YOU make the relevant decisions and balance pluses/minuses of different decisions in a way that works best for YOUR family.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

YES

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Most planning decisions benefit from the highest level of experience and expertise. But, many routine matters do not require such expertise. For the latter, we use paralegals, who bill at much lower rates than Mr. Ziskin, to the extent practical.

Kenneth Ziskin

The Ziskin Law Corp

KENNETH A. ZISKIN’s practice as a Living Trust lawyer and Estate Planning Lawyer emphasizes legal representation of individuals and families in connection with Estate Planning, Living Trusts and drafting and implementing Family Wealth Strategies (sm). His Estate Planning lawyer practice focuses on coordination of income, gift and estate tax strategies to meet client’s non-tax goals. Ken holds an “AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5” rating from Martindale-Hubbell (which states this rating is “a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence”). This peer reviewed rating is awarded to less than 5% of lawyers nationwide. Ken also holds a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO.
Ken was one of the first estate planning lawyers to become a Fellow of the Esperti Peterson Institute for estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Ken was also one of the original 50 participants in the National Study Group – an educational forum for advanced practitioners from around the country to learn from leading experts on advanced estate planning topics. The National Study Group ultimately led to the formation of WealthCounsel, of which he is an active member. WealthCounsel is an organization of more than 2000 estate planning attorneys who work together as colleagues — not competitors — to advance their education and competence as estate planners.
Ken received his J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1972, where he served as Executive Editor of the Southern California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif national honor society. Ken has been active in Bar affairs with the California State Bar, the American Bar Association and local bar associations.
Ken has always valued education, both as a lifelong student and as a teacher. Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California Law Center from 1991 to 1994. He has been a frequent lecturer to legal professionals, financial institution regulators, charitable organizations and the public, and served on the Editorial Staff of the California Trusts and Estate Quarterly.
Ken has had the privilege to lecture on a broad range of legal topics to the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, the American Association of Individual Investors, the Banking Law Institute, the American Institute of Banking, the Los Angeles Society of CPAs, the Independent Bankers Associations of both Northern and Southern California, the Western Independent Bankers, the Financial Services Institute and the National Association of Chinese American Bankers. In addition, he has been invited to lecture at seminars sponsored by bank regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, by banks such as Northern Trust Bank, and by several charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Guardians and the City of Hope.
Ken is the author of numerous articles on estate planning, financial, tax and securities law matters which have appeared in such journals as TRUSTS & ESTATES, The Journal of the California State Bar Association, CONSPECTUS, The Tax Lawyer, The American Banker, The Southern California Law Review and the WIB Community Banker.
Ken served two terms as a member of the Financial Institutions Committee of the State Bar of California and on numerous advisory committees and task forces set up by bank regulatory agencies. He was a member of the task force which rewrote the California Financial Code in the late 1970's. Ken has testified as an expert in Federal Court, and been designated as an expert in several state court matters.
Ken appeared regularly on The Business Channel (KWHY - TV 22) from 1996-1999, where he hosted the “Beyond the Living Trust (sm)” show on Family Wealth Strategies (sm) and living trusts.
Ken’s civic activities have been primarily related to the City of Hope, although he has also raised money for Stand Up To Cancer (founded by his sister, producer Laura Ziskin) and other health related charities. In 1982 he was proud to be honored by the 500 Club of the City of Hope as its "Man of the Year," and he served from 1983 through 1995 as a member of City of Hope’s Board of Governors (formerly Board of Trustees). Ken was an NCAA All American swimmer at USC as an undergraduate, and won both gold and silver medals at the 1965 Macabbiah Games in Tel Aviv.
Ken is happily married to Hinda, with whom he is proud to share three wonderful children and one (vivacious and bright) granddaughter. Hinda graduated from UCLA. Hinda participates in planning for Ken’s clients, providing a valuable perspective as a wife, mother and grandmother. Hinda has one other advantage: She is not a lawyer, and helps translate legal jargon into plain English.Ken thinks Hinda is both brilliant and beautiful!

License

Bar Number: 52914
California, 1972

Education

USC
J.D; B.S.L, 1972