My practice focuses on:
Prior to opening my law practice, I was a Senior Associate at the international consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where I provided strategic business advice to some of the nation’s largest and best-known firms.
Prior to that, I was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and at Kirkland & Ellis, both international law firms.
I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and of Wealth Counsel, both organizations of premier providers of sophisticated legal planning. I have studied estate planning at both Stanford Law School and UCLA.
I am a teaching fellow at the Southern California Institute.
I’m also a member of the State Bar of California, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, the Ventura Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Boulder Bar Association. With my extensive experience in these areas over the past ten years, along with my extensive continuing education, as a student and a nationally-recognized speaker, I will effectively protect your family and assets.
My teaching and speaking credits include:
- “Tax strategies and estate planning for new residents of California” to top executives at Amgen corporation, August 2004, January 2005, and January 2006.
- “Legal Planning For Young Families” to WealthCounsel attorneys, Scottsdale, AZ, May 2005
- Teaching “Estate Planning 101”, to WealthCounsel attorneys, 2006
- “Breastfeeding and the Law” La Leche League national conference, Washington D. C., July 2005.
Publications include articles in:
- Wall Street Journal
- Apartment Finance Today
- The Link
- Time Magazine
- Better Homes and Gardens magazine
- The Ventura County Star
I’m the author of three widely used guides: The Parents’ Guide to Protecting Great Kids; The Family Asset Protection Guide and the Family Business Survival Guide. These Guides have been featured in numerous publications including The Autism Digest.
I also author a blog on estate planning, asset protection and taxes as well as on special needs planning.
Highly Responsive Partnership with Clients
Careful attention to your family structure and personal goals ensures we meet those goals cost-effectively. Always reach me directly with your questions or concerns. Experience and focus on families enables me to offer unique and powerful methods to convey your wishes and ensure the success of your plan.
Full-service, Fixed Pricing
Complete costs are quoted up front; you will know your total legal bill before work begins. Never hesitate to call with a question, your related calls are included in fixed fees.
Highest Professional Standards
Our high ethical and professional standards ensure a quality, integrated, reliable estate plan that optimizes your goals. Complete, current and effective estate planning techniques allow you to take full advantage of estate law and related areas.
I am admitted in both Colorado & California.
What Our Clients Say About Diedre
Barbara W. Warren
“My introduction to Diedre was at a public gathering. She offered to introduce legal advice and assistance to members of the community in which I live. This was in 2004.Since then she has been my legal counselor. She prepared my estate plan with important information and has offered several current meetings on issues from which I have received important up-to-date information. I learn something at every seminar, which she performs with grace and knowledge.
I cannot offer to speak of all her talents because I am too shy, but I can certainly express my admiration of her ability.”
Dorothy H. Alberts