Valerie K. deMartino
4326 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA  90807

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Ms. deMartino's primary practice is in the areas of probate, trust administration, estate planning, conservatorship, guardianship, and corporate and business law. Over the past 27 years, she has gained extensive experience handling both litigated and non-litigated probate, trust and conservatorship cases [Link to article on "What is Probate?"] [Link to article "Conservatorships, Limited Conservatorships and Guardianships"] as well as in forming corporations (both for profit and non-profit), limited liability companies (LLC's), and partnerships, and in advising businesses on corporate formalities, drafting contracts, and other on-going business issues as they arise. She also assists business owners and others with estate planning, including drafting wills and irrevocable and revocable living trusts.

Ms. deMartino provides her business clients who are too small for "in house" counsel, with a similar resource. Her approach is to try to learn all she can about a client's business and how it works, including visiting and becoming familiar with their office procedures and plant. This allows her to see issues which another attorney who is unfamiliar with the client's business may not see. She will work closely with your other professional advisors in the areas of tax and insurance. [Link to article on "Starting A Business"]
In the estate planning area, every effort is made to tailor an estate plan to the individual, including for example drafting revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts such as for charitable giving, education or special needs, wills, and durable powers of attorney for financial management and health care . She has handled many probate matters from simple to complex estates, as well as will contests, and litigated trust and conservatorship matters.

[Link to article on "Estate Planning Choices"] [Link to article on "FAQs re: Estate Planning"]
Ms. deMartino has been practicing law since 1984. Her Long Beach office is conveniently located to serve the South Bay, Long Beach and North Orange County areas. Martindale Hubble has recognized her commitment to integrity and competence with an AV rating, which is their highest rating for ability and ethics [martindalehubble.com]. Ms. deMartino takes pride in giving her client's cases her personal attention and in being readily available to her clients. Her philosophy is to give a client the best representation possible at the lowest cost. She encourages alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation, when appropriate. When you need advice on a matter which is out of her areas of expertise, you will be referred to one of the many local resources she has developed in her 27 years of practice in Long Beach.

Ms. deMartino is a member of the Long Beach Bar, Los Angeles County Bar [lacba.org], California Bar Associations [calsb.org], the Ball/Hunt Inn of Court [innsofcourt.org] and Estate Planning & Trust Council (eptclb.org). She is admitted to practice before the California and the U. S. District Courts. She is committed to giving back to the community through service in such organization as Long Beach Bar Foundation (President), Women Lawyers of Long Beach (past President), the Long Beach Bar Association (past member of Board of Governors and committee chair), Long Beach Grand Prix Foundation (Director) [gpfoundationlb.org] and the Autism News of Orange County and the World (autismnewsoc.org). She is also a member of the probate volunteer panel ("PVP"), volunteers at the local guardianship clinic, and acts as a volunteer settlement officer for the Superior Court [lasuperiorcourt.org/adr].

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