Steve Hornstein


We offer the following services

  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts & Wills
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate
  • Conservatorships
  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Formation
  • Financial Strategy


A Will may not be the best plan for you and your family, primarily because a will does not avoid probate. A will must be verified by the probate court before it can be enforced.

Furthermore, because a will can only go into effect after you die, it provides no protection if you become physically or mentally incapacitated. So the court could easily take control of your assets before you die – a concern of millions of older Americans and their families.

Fortunately, there is a simple and proven alternative to a will – the Revocable Living Trust. It avoids probate, and lets you keep control of your assets while you are living – even if you become incapacitated – and after you die.


Probate is the legal process through which the court “proves a will?. If you haven’t prepared your own will, the Court will look to the default will in the probate code and the Court will probate that will as your will. Anybody who owns assets or real estate valued at $100,000 or more is generally required to go through probate before their assets can be transferred.

The probate process can be expensive and time consuming. The main expenses are attorney, executor, appraisal, and court filing fees. The fees generally range from 4% to 10% of the entire value of your estate, and depending upon the complexity of the estate, can take a minimum of four months to as long as two years or more to complete. Probate can become a tremendous time and financial burden for your loved ones.


  • Avoid probate at death, including multiple probates if you own property in other states
  • Prevents court control of assets at incapacity
  • Brings all your assets together under one plan
  • Provides maximum privacy
  • Quicker distribution of assets to beneficiaries
  • Assets can remain in trust until you want beneficiaries to inherit
  • Can reduce or eliminate estate taxes
  • Inexpensive, easy to set up and maintain
  • Can be changed or cancelled at any time
  • Difficult to contest
  • Prevents court control of minors’ inheritances
  • Can protect dependents with special needs
  • Prevents unintentional disinheriting and other problems of joint ownership
  • Professional management with corporate trustee
  • Peace of mind

Hornstein Law Office serves the following counties:

Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Kern County, Madera County, Marin County, Mono County, Fresno County, San Diego County, Sacramento County, Imperial County, Santa Barbara County, Alameda County, Sonoma County and Santa Clara County.

Hornstein Law Office serves the following cities and towns in the Los Angeles Area:

Agoura, Altadena, Anaheim, Bel Air, Bell Canyon, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Century City, Chatsworth, Claremont, Covina, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Inglewood, Irvine, La Brea, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Mission Hills, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacific Palisades, Panorama City, Pasadena, Porter Ranch, Redondo Beach, Reseda, San Diego, San Fernando, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sepulveda, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Topanga Canyon, Universal City, Valencia, Van Nuys, Ventura, West Covina, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Winnetka, Woodland Hills,

Hornstein Law Office serves the following cities and towns in the San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County areas:

Apple Valley, Bakersfield, Barstow, Brea, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, East San Bernardino, Fontana, Fullerton, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Monrovia, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho, San Dimas, Upland, Upland, Upland, Verne, Victorville

Hornstein Law Office serves the following cities and towns in Northern California:

Alameda, Auburn, Eldorado, Eldorado Hills, Elk Grove, Folsom, Lodi, Petaluma, Placerville, Rio Vista, Rocklin, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stockton and West Sacramento

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