Patinelli & Chang, LLP Review

"People often think that once their documents are signed, they never need to look at them again. If you have an estate plan, you should review it with an experienced attorney every three to five years to ensure it reflects your current wishes and the state of the law."

- Michael


Estate Planner Sets Clients' Minds at Ease

By Daniel Weizmann

NAMEMichael Patinelli
PHONE NUMBER(310) 601-8711
SERVICES PROVIDEDWills, Trusts, Estates & Probate, Conservatorship & Probate, Estate Attorney, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Attorney, Lawyer, Estate Planning Fundamentals, Minor Children, Blended Families, Long-Term Care, Estate Tax Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Business Succession, Asset Protection, Charitable Planning, Medi-Cal Crisis Planning, Special Needs Planning, Veteran's Benefits, Estate Planning Fundamentals, Minor Children, Blended Families, Long-Term Care, Estate Tax Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Business Succession, Asset Protection, Charitable Planning, Medi-Cal Crisis Planning, Special Needs Planning, Veteran's Benefits
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7 User Reviews
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Keith Jones

Los Feliz - December 12, 2018

Michael Patinelli helped my wife and me with estate planning. We didn't have it in place at the time and we have a couple of kids. God forbid something would have happened to us without the plan!
Michael was a parent at a school where our kids used to go. We went to a meeting Michael set up for parents at the school.
Michael was amazing. He has a great personality, he is very knowledgeable and he talks in a way that makes everything user-friendly. I’m skeptical and don’t like being sold on things. Also estate planning just seemed so complicated. We had spoken to other estate attorneys, but I had felt like I was being sold a cookie cutter plan—the more you need the more you pay. Michael’s price was very fair as compared to other attorneys.
It has been over a year and we haven’t needed to follow up with anything. Michael will periodically check in at no additional cost to see how things are going. We’re very happy with Michael.

Cynthia Cervini

Mid City - December 6, 2018

I’ve known Michael and his family for many years. We both became lawyers, but I left the practice behind in Chicago when I moved to LA and knew nothing about trusts and estate law. I purchased my home 8 years ago and knew I needed to do a trust to protect it, but things kept getting in the way, as life so often does.

Then I lost my Mom four years ago and, as the executor of her estate, I realized how important planning my own estate was and moved it up on my to-do list. That said, life still kept getting in the way. This is where Patinelli & Chang come in and excel, making the process effortless for you and at reasonable rates.

Michael helped me consider who I would elect as my executor and alternate in advance so that when he came to me with the paperwork (yes, he regularly makes house calls!), I already had an idea of what I was dealing with. He prepared all the forms and had them ready to sign. Then once all was signed and filed, he provided a nice neat box of trust documents for my records. He and his partner just really made it effortless, the whole process, going above and beyond for their clients. Michael made himself available outside of normal business hours and was even willing to go down to San Diego to my sister’s house, if necessary (thankfully it wasn’t).

As I said, Michael makes it all just really easy for you, presenting the relevant information practically and making it simple to understand. It’s who he is as a person and member of the community, not to mention his work ethic. He has a calming presence and can lighten the mood under the most dire of circumstances, when called for. He’s the kind of person you want around you when considering such heavy matters. I’ve referred Patinelli & Chang to a lot of friends and many have used them for their trusts, as well.

T. King

Hollywood - December 4, 2018

Michael came recommended through a close work friend and we worked together this past spring to set up a trust and prepare a will for me. I liked him immediately. Michael has this great personality and is the win-win combination of being both very personable and super competent. He was able to dumb everything down for me on the nitty gritty of setting up a trust, appointing beneficiaries and ultimately made this daunting task painless. He is the real deal. And he makes house calls! Michael is readily available to speak with his clients and is happy to answer their questions. He also gave helpful advice, pointing out ways I could work directly through my bank instead of through him for greater convenience and to avoid extra billable hours. His pricing is fair and covers questions and follow-up calls, so you aren’t charged extra for those things. I’ve been delighted with Michael and his service and have been recommending him left and right to all my co-workers who need to get this done.


Beverly Grove - November 21, 2018

My husband and I worked with Michael to draw up a will and living trust. We got along right away and he was helpful in a number of ways. Michael offered to come to our house to meet with us and accommodated our schedules, which is a blessing when you are busy. Also, he was such a nice guy. He was amiable, respectful and patient. He gave us time to think about things. He really wanted to hear from us, his clients, and know our thoughts. Not only was he very reasonably priced, but was also willing to let us use a payment plan. I’m usually hesitant to give high marks because I think there’s always room for improvement, but Michael truly earns them. A friend of mine had referred us to Michael and we are happy to recommend him to others.

Lisa A.

Los Angeles - November 19, 2018

My husband and I hired Michael to do our will and family trust. I had this conversation with my father where he remarked, “What do you mean you don’t have a will? You’re a homeowner and a parent. Rectify this now!” so I asked around for several different referrals and mutual friends directed me to Michael, whom I had known as a social acquaintance. I chose him for a number of reasons—he is nice, personable, intelligent, knowledgeable and trustworthy. He’s also a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, so he’s informed in terms of LA law and how particular it can be. He was quick to respond to us and no question was too small for him. Michael made everything so easy! He came to our house, which was amazing. He got the process completed much faster than it would have taken if he hadn’t accommodated himself so well to meet our schedule. He is so reliable and so helpful. I trust him fully and have recommended him to several others.

Gracie L.

Hollywood Hills - November 19, 2018

Michael made the whole process of preparing our estate SO EASY! He came to our house for the initial meeting, for which he did not charge, and explained everything carefully. He was very responsive, returning calls and e-mails promptly. He sent us some forms with questions to consider so we’d be prepared for the next meeting. All the meetings took place at our house. Everything went smoothly and was kept in order with minimal fuss. Michael is SUCH a nice person—honest, diligent and always respectful of our time and schedules. The fees were reasonable and Michael was upfront about it. He answered all of my questions directly – I never had to go through someone else to reach him. I cannot over-emphasize how simple it was and how much we liked him! We really enjoyed the experience of working with Michael. My neighbor had referred him originally and I’ve recommended him several times since.

Terri Lynn

Hollywood Hills - November 16, 2018

Michael set up a trust and living will for both me and my boyfriend. We liked everything about Michael, especially that he came out to the house to meet with us. He asked detailed questions and gathered all the information at the initial meeting and then got back to us within two weeks. He was good natured and his fees were reasonable, too. Besides furnishing us with all the paperwork, he also provided a digital copy. He took parts of the trust and put them together for us, so that if we were ever applying for a loan, for example, we’d have the relevant documents in one place. We had no issues whatsoever working with Michael. I liked him so much that I’ve already recommended him a lot!

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