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Orange County, Irvine and Laguna Beach

Leslie DaffLeslie Daff, JD, MBA, State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law

Leslie will be presenting the workshop Living Trusts and More – The Use of Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Entities in Estate Planning from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Trabuco Center in Irvine for the non-profit educational program It’s Your Estate! under the direction of award-winning private fiduciary Peter Kote and sponsored by a number of charities including  the American Heart Association, CHOC Children’s Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen, and United Way.  Register for the free presentation at: (and search/filter for "estate").  Limited to 45 attendees.

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB®), the non-profit UC program that provides innovative resources and practice-oriented tools to the legal community, has asked Leslie to be a contributing author to its new practice guide for attorneys, CEB Practitioner.

See Leslie's and Randy's cover story in the April 2020 edition of the Journal of Financial Planning entitled "Estate Planning Update: From a Basic Planning Framework to Advanced Planning Guidance."  Leslie and Randy expanded on this article in a Journal in the Round webinar hosted by the Journal of Financial Planning and the Financial Planning Association on April 29, 2020 entitled “Estate Planning for Clients in a Changing World."

Leslie has been named a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, a designation granted to no more than 5% of the attorneys based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Leslie has also been named by the Orange County Register, Avvo, and Coast Magazine as one of the best attorneys in Orange County - in estate planning, probate, and trust law - for seven consecutive years. Leslie has been granted the highest designation of "AV Preeminent 5 out of 5" and the "Client Distinction Award" by national legal directory Martindale Hubbell, signifying her peers and the judiciary rank her at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence and clients rank her in the top 1% in terms of communications ability, responsiveness, quality, and value. Leslie has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in Southern California Top Rated Lawyers, published by and the Los Angeles Times every year since its initial publication.

In 2012, the State Bar of California Board of Trustees appointed Leslie as one of nine commissioners on the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission to advise the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization about its program - and to write the exam - that certifies legal specialists in the area of estate planning, trust and probate law. In 2016, the State Bar of California Board of Trustees appointed Leslie to a second term on the Commission.  Leslie became Chair of the Commission in 2018.

Email or call (949) 497-5056 to schedule a complimentary estate planning, probate, or trust administration consultation.

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