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About Sandoval Legacy Group, a Division of Holstrom, Block & Parke APLC
Riverside Probate and Estate Planning Attorney
At Sandoval Legacy Group, a Division of Holstrom, Block & Parke APLC, we are dedicated to excellent service and client assistance. Those who are nearing the end of their life need to be sure that their plans for the distribution of their estate are in order and comprehensive in nature. Without the proper preparation of an estate plan, your property and your hard-earned wealth could be distributed in a highly undesirable way. It is important that you have skillful legal assistance on your side that can help you effectively prepare the plan that you need for your future.
Meet Our Attorneys and Staff
Dennis broke his neck and back in a car accident in 1992. As a result of his injuries, he was left paralyzed. The experiences he gained as the result of his injuries are invaluable in his work with the disabled and senior communities of Riverside County and San Bernardino County. He has firsthand experience in dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of having a disability and how the system works for those requiring care.
Dennis Sandoval is the only attorney in California who has certifications in the three areas of estate planning, elder law and taxation. He received his Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist designation from the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 1998 and his Certified Taxation Law Specialist designation in 2000 from the same organization. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), a designation he proudly received in 2004 after meeting all the requirements established by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) and the American Bar Association. Dennis has also holds the designation as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP) from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.
Dennis’ educational degrees include a Master of Tax Law Degree (LL.M.), a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration / Finance.
Before becoming a lawyer, Dennis owned a tax planning / preparation and financial planning firm in Orange, California. During the time he practiced in this area he received his designations as an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Services and as a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) and Registered Financial Consultant® (RFC) designations. Although he no longer practices as a financial planner, the knowledge and experience he gained from serving his tax and financial planning clients is invaluable in assisting his estate planning, elder law and tax controversy clients, as well as working with their financial advisors.
In addition to overseeing his estate planning, elder law and tax law practice in Riverside, Dennis served for seventeen years as the Director of Education for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA). The AAEPA is a nationwide membership organization of attorneys concentrating their law practices in estate planning.
Dennis served on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (NAELA) and chaired many of its Sections and Task Groups. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Elder Law Foundation. In 2014, Dennis was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney, a distinction held by less than 100 attorneys nationwide.
For many years Dennis served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California NAELA). He served as its president. He was the 2011 Member of the Year of Southern California NAELA.
Dennis also served multiple terms as Chairperson for the Estate Planning and Elder Law Section of the Riverside County Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Estate Planning Council of Riverside and several local, state, and national charitable organizations.
Dennis is one of only eight California members of the Special Needs Alliance, a nationwide membership organization of attorneys interested in advancing the care of special needs persons through proper planning. Dennis is active in many special needs and disability organizations, including ARC, NAMI, TACA, the Autism Society and the Special Olympics. He is also a member of The Academy of Special Needs Planners, a nationwide membership organization dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities.
Dennis is member of the Riverside County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the Riverside County Estate Planning Council, the San Bernardino County Estate Planning Council, the Inland Empire Planned Giving Roundtable and the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Dennis’ law firm is also a charter member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA). The LCPLFA is a nationwide membership organization of law firms that employ social workers and geriatric care managers as part of a holistic team of professionals to assist frail elders and disabled persons get the highest quality of care. Sandoval Legacy Group, a division of Holstrom, Block & Parke, A Professional Law Corporation is the only law firm in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with a social worker on its staff. Dennis served on the Board of Directors of LCPLFA and was its Vice President in 2011.
Dennis teaches as an adjunct professor at several law schools and universities, including Stetson University College of Law, at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, University of California, and University of Redlands.
Dennis grew up in Riverside, where he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help grade school and Notre Dame High School. In high school and college, Dennis was active in many sports, lettering in football and wrestling. His current hobbies include building and maintaining marine aquariums, building model ships, scrimshaw, and photography. Prior to becoming paralyzed, he was an assistant scuba diving instructor for a dive shop in Orange. He lives in Norco, California with his wife, three daughters, grandson, and their menagerie of pets.
Our associate attorney, David Hamilton, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of La Verne College of Law.
During law school, David served as editor in chief for both the University of La Verne Law Review and the Journal of Law, Business & Ethics. David also competed on La Verne Law’s National Moot Court Competition Team. David made the Dean’s List every semester and earned a CALI award for achieving the highest grade in 13 courses. For his legal writing, David was recognized in the National Order of Scribes by the American Society of Legal Writers.
David is a member of the Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations. He graduated from the New Attorney Academy, which is a training program for new attorneys provided by the Riverside County Bar Association and the Riverside Superior Court. David served as a Member at Large on the Board of the Riverside County Barristers Association. He is also a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, American Bar Association, and Consumer Attorneys of California.
David published an article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. It’s My Copy and I’ll Sell It If I Want To: Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc., 97 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 232 (2015). David is also a co-author of the Continuing Education of the Bar’s treatise, Special Needs Trusts: Planning, Drafting, and Administration.
David is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
David is also an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne College of Law, where he teaches legal writing and strategic legal methods. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.
Megan is our office manager and paralegal. Dennis first met Megan Boling when she sought his assistance with getting her father-in-law on Medi-Cal and SSI after he had suffered a massive stroke. Dennis was so impressed with her organization skills and how she fought to get the highest level of care for her father-in-law, that he offered her a job as his first paralegal. She later became the office manager.
Megan has many skills that make her a great paralegal, but probably her greatest attributes are her contagious upbeat attitude and diligence in caring for clients. She is also a key player in the implementation of procedures within the office to automate processes and minimize mistakes.
Megan received her degree in paralegal studies from Riverside Community College in 2009. She has completed several courses in government assistance programs for the elderly and the disabled. She has firsthand knowledge of the In Home Supportive Services program due to her involvement with the care of her father-in-law at her residence. Megan also assists our clients with probate proceedings before the Riverside County Superior Court and the San Bernardino County Superior Court. She prepares all the Medi-Cal applications for our Long Term Care clients.
She lives with her husband, two sons and several pets. Megan’s hobbies include cooking, camping, hiking and gardening.
Venessa is our paralegal and government assistance specialist. Like Megan, she has attended numerous courses on Medi-Cal for nursing homes and Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefits. Venessa handled all our applications with the Veterans Administration for our Elder Law clients. She is one of the most knowledgeable persons dealing with the intricacies of processing Aid and Attendance / Enhanced Pension applications for our veterans in the Riverside area. Venessa assists Dennis, Pamela and David with preparing our client’s estate planning documents. She also assists with the probate and conservatorship matters in the Riverside County Probate Court and the San Bernardino County Probate Court.
Venessa became friends with Megan while they were both taking courses in the paralegal studies program at Riverside Community College. When Dennis was looking to add another paralegal to the law firm staff, Megan did not hesitate to recommend Venessa. The rest is history.
Venessa is also known for her diligence and follow through. She has been instrumental in developing many of the law firm’s procedures, which are crucial in reducing costly mistakes that can cost clients time and money.
Venessa has completed her classes for the paralegal studies degree program from Riverside Community College and is the process of completing two non-legal classes to receive her paralegal studies degree. She is licensed as a Notary Public.
She lives in Riverside with her husband, Corey, daughter Lily, and dogs Dallas and Ginger. She occupies her time outside of work with reading, swimming, going to the beach, horseback riding, baking and camping.
TEKISHA ROOKS CARBAJAL
Tekisha Rooks Carbajal, also known as Kisha, joined the firm in 2011. When it came time to hire another paralegal, Dennis relied on the recommendations of his current staff. Venessa recommended Tekisha, who she had previously worked with.
Tekisha has taken primary responsibility for handling all of our contested conservatorship and Will and trust litigation matters. She has also assumed primary responsibility for the majority of our trust administration cases in the office. Kisha also assists with our probate and conservatorship cases in the Riverside and San Bernardino Probate Courts.
Tekisha is currently attending Riverside City College to obtain her degree in paralegal studies.
Kisha lives in Corona with her husband, Sam and daughter, Kailan. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her two nephews. When she is not with family, you will probably find her at the movies, cooking, dancing, shopping, traveling or helping Sam select fish and amphibians at the pet store for their small fresh water fish aquarium.
Bryanna joined the firm as our administrative assistant and quickly graduated to become our newest paralegal. She is the primary assistant to Venessa with our estate planning clients. She has started to take on some of the probate cases and assists our other paralegals with the conservatorship and litigation matters.
Bry is finishing up her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and she will soon be joining Tekisha at Riverside City College to obtain her degree in paralegal studies. She is debating she may want to one day follow in her father’s footsteps and attend law school.
She lives in Norco with her dog, Chaucer. She continues to write her own fan fiction stories as well as edit stories for other authors. Her other love is working with various nail polishes and stamping plates to create beautiful and intriguing nail art for herself and other ladies. She sometimes offers her services as a hand model for various nail polish distributors on Instagram. She loves attending various conventions focusing on nail polish, arts and crafts, literary subjects, and action hero conventions such as Comic Con and Anime.
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Our legal team has more than 30 years of combined experience, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the service and the assistance that they need in order to accomplish their goals. We offer a free 1-hour consultation in order to provide you with some basic information and advice regarding your situation without any financial obligation on your part. Contact us today to discuss the situation that you face, and to begin pursuing the results that you need.
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