Sonja Panajotovic, Esq. Review

"People mistakenly assume that a will is all they need. In California if you own real property, or have over $150,000, your estate may end up tied up in Probate Court without the proper planning."

- Sonja Panajotovic

Sonja Panajotovic, Esq. stands in a park
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IN
2007

Find Peace With Practical Estate Planning

By Mara Schoner


NAMESonja Panajotovic
PHONE NUMBER(310) 463-6845
EMAILsp@sonjaplaw.com
FORMS OF PAYMENT
SERVICES PROVIDEDEstate Attorney, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts & Probate, Lawyer
SERVICE AREASBrentwood • El Segundo • Fox Hills • Inglewood • Lennox • Malibu • Mar Vista • Marina del Rey • Montana • Ocean Park • Pacific Palisades • Playa del Rey • Playa Vista • Santa Monica • Sawtelle • Topanga • Venice • West Los Angeles • Westchester
25 User Reviews
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Meri Weingarten

Sunset Park - January 31, 2018

I had a trust that was done for me many years ago and I needed someone to look at it, update it and become my new estate attorney. I was referred to Sonja by my financial planner as someone who was smart, fair and reasonable. More importantly, she was willing to look at my existing trust and make changes to it without insisting she do it over completely. That saved me a lot of time and money. On top of all that, Sonja is truly a pleasure to work with. I recommend her highly.

Catherine B.

Venice - March 20, 2017

I had put off my estate planning for so long, but when I saw Sonja's very approachable ad in the Neighbor2Neighbor guide, I felt like I finally found the right attorney to help me finalize my trust. Sonja took the intimidation and doom-n-gloom factors out of the process. I would recommend her to everyone and urge you to get this important step done as soon as possible--Sonja makes it easy, I promise!

Vicki A.

Pacific Palisades - September 14, 2015

Knowledgable expertise with great customer service and immediate attention. Just what I was hoping for!

Jo Hillyard

Sherman Oaks - September 14, 2015

Sonja is professional, responsive and an expert in her field. She guided me through the legal process as executor for my father's estate, making a difficult time manageable. She has also prepared my own estate work thoroughly and thoughtfully providing me with great peace of mind. I highly recommend her.

Charles M. Quigley

Topanga Canyon - October 24, 2014

Sonja came highly recommended by my daughter. She helped my wife and me update all of our estate papers: wills, trusts, power of attorney, etc. She was very easy to work with and helped us quite a lot. Her prices are very reasonable and competitive. When we needed to make some amendments, she completed them very expeditiously at no extra charge. We plan to continue to work with her in the future!

Julie C.

Santa Monica - October 23, 2014

About a year ago I was referred to Sonja by my accountant. She helped me reconstruct my will and trust. Her advice was excellent. I appreciated her “non-lawyer” persona; meaning that she was a person I could speak with in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner. The experience was relaxed and comfortable in the surroundings of her living room. I feel she is totally qualified.

Lori T.

Truckee - October 21, 2014

Sonja was my parents' attorney and is now mine as well. She has helped all of us execute our will and trust. My father asked for several amendments to his will and Sonja executed each one smoothly and flawlessly. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with her clients. Yet, more than her outstanding work and professionalism, what I most appreciate about Sonja is her warmth and personal care. She really guided me through the very difficult time after my parents' passing and made the whole process less overwhelming. She is not just trying to make a buck, but goes above and beyond to ensure that you feel cared for. If I were to move back to L.A., I really feel that Sonja would be a friend in addition to my attorney!

R. Gilinksy

Santa Monica - October 19, 2012

Sonja is great. She modified our family trust and did first-class work. She gets involved with her clients. She’s smart, she’s competent, and she gives real value for her fees. She's a real person and the best attorney I've ever encountered. If anybody needs a family lawyer I will recommend her with sincere enthusiasm.

Ellen Vittoria

Beverly Hills - October 19, 2012

Sonja created a living trust for our family, which included my father-in-law. Not only did she do an excellent job, but she really gave it the personal touch. She was so accommodating, coming to our home and even going to the assisted living home where my father-in-law lives. She has so much experience and asks all the right questions so she could set the trust up perfectly. You don't have to be proactive with Sonja, she does it all for you. Her rates are very reasonable, and she responded to my calls and questions immediately. My husband couldn't believe it all got taken care of so easily. He said we should have done it sooner—if only we had known about Sonja!

Dan F.

Beverly Hills - November 2, 2011

I've known Sonja for 30+ years. We were classmates and she was my financial adviser before law school. I refer all my clients to her. She is always very accessible. She has fixed hourly pricing so you don't get charged to change an apostrophe or a paragraph. She is also mobile. She comes to you! She recently did my own estate planning, too, which has just reaffirmed my trust in her. Her documents are very well written, thorough but not overly-complex. I also appreciate her free pre-review. She charges appropriate prices for filling in the holes when a specific need arises. Sonja is responsible, professional and nice! I've been referring her for over 20 years and have only heard positive praise for her work, her integrity and her character.

Julie Schatz

Culver City - October 14, 2011

Using Sonja as an estate attorney is sort of like meeting with a friend who has your best interests at heart, but also has the knowledge to help you make the right decisions. She has helped me with my own estate and also has been helping me with my father's estate after he passed. Sonja helps me relax and take it all as it comes. She provides me with the reassurance that I will get through it all. She is also a really good value for her prices. And she doesn't charge you if you call her up for a three-minute question like other attorneys do. That adds to my comfort level, too.

A. Kellogg

Sylmar - November 5, 2009

Sonja did our living trust. She made the process so smooth and simple, it was a huge weight off my shoulders. She sent us an excellent questionnaire and followed that up with phone calls and emails to fill in the details. Sonja was so personal and professional and definitely has a caring and genuine nature that helped us with a task we had on our to-do list for several years. She was very clear about all the information we needed to obtain and what we needed to do. She met us at a convenient location to complete our project as well. I had priced this from another lawyer that was referred by a friend and Sonja was not only more convenient but she was also very reasonable. Our experience was great.

Gloria Kim

Pacific Palisades - November 1, 2009

Sonja prepared a trust for us. She was amazingly informative and quick, with a one-week turnaround. She is very reasonably priced. In fact, if I were going say there was anything to change about her company it would be that she should charge more money! We found her in the neighbor2neighbor booklet. Compared to other attorneys, she is so kind! She took her time and we never felt rushed. She just does not have an attorney feel about her. It’s like talking to a very knowledgeable friend. I recommend her to anyone!

Doyle Edson

Corona del Mar - October 30, 2009

Sonja is very fair. She keeps good records of her time and I am always surprised at how low her bill is for the amount of work she does. She is very competent, too, knowledgeable of all law, basic and probate, which is what I used her for. She knew what I needed to do as sole trustee and walked me through it, step-by-step. She also proofread my writings and advised me. She is very easy to talk to because she really listens. She calmly handled my intensity on certain matters and I appreciated that. She is straight-out ethical and humble about how good she is, never dominating like some lawyers. Sonja is always available and responsive, even after hours. She really cares.

Susan Nord

- September 12, 2009

Sonja worked with me on a living will. Our experience was pleasant and very positive. She is a lovely, friendly, responsive person. Experienced and quick to respond.

K.M.

Venice - May 4, 2009

I ended up going with Sonja. Huge cost savings over the others I spoke to. I couldn't see a reason to spend so much more. We have been working via email & phone, but we are meeting on Monday (a house call! I love it!) Thanks!

Diana Romero-Hugill

Venice - December 15, 2008

We’ve used Sonja’s services for about a decade now. She has simplified some complicated issues for us with our estate and has helped make our future financially secure. We are very analytical people, but don’t know a lot about legal issues, which means we ask a lot of questions. Sonja explains everything to us thoroughly and patiently. We get really high quality service for an extremely reasonable price with Sonja. And I feel a lot more comfortable going to her than a big firm where you are just a number and you get billed for a two-minute phone call. I really like the personalized service I get with Sonja—especially when I’m dealing with something as important as my estate. Dealing with Sonja is like working with a friend. SHE picks up the phone, not some secretary. And she knows right way what I am talking about, without looking in my file. Because she knows my case so well, she can give me complete, well-informed advice. Estate planning can be scary and complicated, but Sonja makes it feel more like a project.

Felicia Beanum & Harold Henricks

South Pasadena - December 2, 2008

Sonja helped my husband and I prepare our trust. She was very patient, detailed, and helpful. It took us some time to figure out some of the issues she would follow through by sending us gentle reminders. Her pricing was right on.

D.E.

Santa Monica - November 10, 2008

Sonja prepared a trust for my family. I definitely trust her judgment. I first met her during a seminar where she was speaking on the subject of trusts. She was extremely helpful with my parents in establishing their trusts. Many people have trouble transferring all of their property to a trust, and Sonja handles absolutely everything – very detail-oriented! She’s also a notary, which is convenient, and she will make arrangements to come to your home or office if you have problems coming to her office. That was very helpful to us – my parents are older and have difficulty getting around.

Gene Givan

Indianapolis, IN - November 9, 2008

Sonja was the attorney for my aunt’s trust in LA. She wrote up a trust, helped me execute it—handled everything and did a great job. All I did was write the checks.

J.S.

Venice - November 6, 2008

I called on Sonja originally to help with estate planning, but then I fell into a complicated situation becoming a trustee for a relative. This situation was kind of a mess, but Sonja took care of the situation lickety-split. She’s smart, responsive and proactive, and I’m really glad I fell into her hands. I can’t say enough positive things about her abilities.

Melinda McInerney

Studio City - October 14, 2008

My husband and I operate a tax and bookkeeping service. We started working with Sonja on a professional basis, but have become friends. Sonja is a people-person, a lovely, honest woman who is truly interested in her clients and a pleasure to work with. Sonja helped us with our estate plan, our wills and with our aunt’s trust. We now recommend her to our own clients.

Carrie Pardy

Santa Monica - December 29, 2006

Sonja has been doing wills, trusts and contract law negotiation for us. I work in a law firm and Sonja has been reviewing contracts and handling much of our probate work. She is a completely honest, ethical and responsible person. She works very quickly and in a thorough manner. In this kind of work, the details are all-important and Sonja handles the details to the letter. I would also say that her expertise is broad and informative.

John O'Bright

West Los Angeles - September 27, 2006

Sonja was recommended to us by both of my sisters-in-law at a very difficult time. There were certain issues that we didn't want to face, like completion of a will. Sonja's candor, professionalism, promptness, and sensitivity were simply awesome. We had a lot of additional legwork to go through to file our documents, and Sonja followed through on these for us. There is no end to our gratitude.

E. Dal

Santa Monica - September 1, 2006

I had an excellent experience working with Sonja. She was personable, clear, flexible, responsive, and very patient. She understood that setting up a trust raises really big issues for people – she hit the right balance between offering advice when needed, and allowing breathing room to talk about difficult issues. Her patience really helps you work through hard decisions the first time.

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