Martha Patterson

Attorney Martha Patterson is dedicated to providing comprehensive, highly personalized counsel in all aspects of Elder Law and Estate Planning.

Martha is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. This designation further distinguishes her as a nationally recognized expert in her practice areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs trusts, disability planning and advocacy, probate, and estate/trust administration. Currently there are less than 40 CELA's in California.

As an Estate Planning Attorney, Martha focuses on serving her clients by listening closely to their goals, dreams and concerns. She understands that most people have the goal of saving taxes, as well as every professional and court fee possible. She works with her clients to develop superior plans that reflect a client's own unique situation, putting her knowledge and experience to work solely for their benefit.

Martha understands the unique needs of the Elderly and Disabled, and spends numerous hours educating herself about the best strategies to provide protection and financial security for the unique needs of persons with disabling conditions. She spends time with Nurses, Social Workers, Care Givers, and has personal experience with the challenges of caring for a family member with Dementia and Special Needs children. Her commitment to making sure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of proper planning is shown by her willingness to make a home or hospital call.

Martha is a native of California. She grew up in Orange County where her father was City Attorney of Anaheim. She followed in her father's footsteps after graduating from California State University-Fullerton with a Bachelor of Sciences, and graduated from Western State University School of Law in Fullerton in December of 1982. She took and passed the Bar exam and was admitted to the Bar in June of 1983. She spent nine years as a Deputy City Attorney and as a winning litigator.

Martha is a member of Wealth Counsel, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a founding member of the Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is also a member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council, North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Southern California Council of Elder Law Attorneys. Prior to moving to the "Valley," she was active in the Orange County Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors for the Elder Law Section, and for Orange County Women Lawyers. In Law School she was an Editor and Author for Law Review and was on the first place team in her Moot Court competition.Martha enjoys attending church and school activities with her husband Bob and children Christa and Daniel.