Trusts & Wills
Durable Powers of Attorney
Hornstein Law Offices has prepared thousands of Trusts and related documents. We handle every facet of Trusts and estate planning from document preparation to probates, conservatorships, trust and estate settlement, trust and estate administration, and litigation when necessary. Having won numerous court trials, we have the experience necessary to efficiently plan and administer estate plans. Our Trust packages are of the highest quality, both in terms of language and content, as well as presentation. We won the Daily News Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Living Trust” four years in a row, in 2012, 2013, 2014, and again in 2015.
Steve Hornstein is an attorney, CPA, and Certified Financial Planner™. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics-Business from UCLA, law degree from Loyola Law School, and LL.M. in tax from Golden Gate University. In 1996, during his final year at Loyola Law School, Steve Hornstein began working at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP in their Estate, Gift, and Trust Group and Financial Counseling Services Group. Mr. Hornstein worked in Deloitte’s offices throughout Southern California on behalf of many business and individual high profile and high net worth clients. In 2000, Mr. Hornstein left Deloitte for a position as Controller of an internet consulting firm in Los Angeles, CA, guiding the company through its sale to a venture capital firm in 2004.
Mr. Hornstein opened his Woodland Hills office in 2002. Steve Hornstein and the staff at Hornstein Law Offices pride themselves on providing clients with expertise as well as patience, caring and understanding. Mr. Hornstein is the author of “18 Rules to an Estate Plan That Will Work!” In its 150 pages, Mr. Hornstein concisely guides the reader through the estate planning process with real stories. He explains the 18 rules to follow to have an estate plan that will work when it needs to.
I appreciate the support from you and your entire staff as I navigated the unfamiliar role of Trustee/Executor for my stepfather and brother last year and this year.
Especially during the first few weeks after my stepfather…died, in March 2010, Holly Thornton not only gave me a great overall description of what needed to be done, and when, but she also helped me keep my focus/sanity when family emotions ran high. Her confident guidance…was contagious and gave me confidence that I was doing my job well.
When an issue came up that Holly believed needed additional input she would sometimes tele-conference me in with Missy Roche, whose advice was always on target. Evan Press reviewed some of my financial reports before I sent them to the beneficiaries and made helpful suggestions. As you may recall, my stepfather’s daughter engaged her own attorney which was a little “nervous making” but you and Holly dealt with that which gave me the breathing space to do my job. You sorted out the tax returns, both Personal and Trust, complete with Form K-1 for the beneficiaries. Thank you, thank you…
There have been so many ways that you and your staff have been helpful to me: tax returns, real estate transaction advice, banking issues, record keeping advice. It was all good. The lion’s share of my contact with Hornstein Law Offices, however, was through Holly and she always had a good, practical solution to any problem I brought to her and every single phone call ended with me feeling better and ready to charge forward. What a gift!
…I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you and your team.
Best regards, Brenda A.