Estate Planning Law Firm
Dietz & Dietz, APC is a family owned estate planing law firm established in 2016. We help our fellow Californians protect their legacy through legal planning for their family, property and businesses.
Estate planning is more than just a compilation of forms. It is a way for us to honor life, care for the sick or disabled, and to protect our wishes after death. We recommend estate planning to anyone seeking peace of mind and control over an uncertain future. Let our family help plan for yours.
Our Firm has a three step process to make putting together your estate plan as easy and time efficient as possible. Don’t put off your planning, we will help you get organized.
Superior Customer Service
Our general philosophy is to treat all people with kindness and respect. We extend this to our business and get to know our clients on a personal level to provide the best legal services.
We believe all billing should be transparent upfront to our clients. We charge flat-rate fees instead of hourly rates to prevent surprise billings.
Meet our Family!
Jennifer A. Dietz, Esq.
Jennifer Dietz (maiden name Jancosek) is principal attorney at Dietz & Dietz, APC. She founded the Firm to assist Californian’s with protecting their property and families in the event of death, illness or an emergency.
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in various corporate, government and administrative positions along with 6 years of experience in the legal field. Jennifer attended Purdue University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and Forensic Sciences in 2009. After graduation, Jennifer moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked at a boutique investment-banking firm before attending the John Marshall Law School where she graduated with a J.D. Jennifer served as a licensed law clerk at the Cook County States Attorney’s Office in the Felony Trial Division from 2012-2014. During this clerkship, Jennifer litigated numerous motions and bench trials in favor of the state. After arriving in Los Angeles in 2014, Jennifer worked as a law clerk for a multidisciplinary firm performing civil transactional services including: family law, estate planning, disputes, consumer protection and intellectual property.
Supporting the local community is always a priority for Jennifer and in the past she has volunteered as a Tutor with Wilshire Crest Elementary through the Reading Partners program. In addition to tutoring, she provided pro-bono services at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse through the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Clinic.
Jennifer is active in the legal community and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Women Lawyer’s Association and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association and the San Fernando Vally Bar Association.
Jennifer resides in Sherman Oaks, CA with her husband and three pets. She spends her time outside of the legal and business world reading, loving all things Star Wars and exploring the great outdoors of the golden state with her dog Lola.
To learn more about Jennifer’s work and education experience, view her LinkedIn profile.
William H. Dietz
William H. Dietz is Partner at Dietz & Dietz, APC. He focuses his practice on Estate Planning and Intellectual Property protection. William has worked with clients ranging from families and small business owners to corporations and commercial property owners.
William graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology and Physiology, with minors in Psychology and Forensic Science. Thereafter, he spent seven years in the Bio-Medical industry, where he managed research laboratories in Chicago and Los Angeles, and co-authored 7 publications along the way. In May 2019, William graduated cum laude from Southwestern Law School, with his Juris Doctor degree, and became the first student to graduate with dual concentrations in Technology Law and Entrepreneurship as well as Entertainment and Media Law.
While attending Southwestern, William earned numerous “Exceptional Achievement” and “Excellence for the Future” awards in Criminal Law, Community Property, Intellectual Property Licensing, Patent Law, and Music Publishing. He served as a Federal Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant, a Dean’s Fellow, Editor-In-Chief of the Southwestern Law Review, and helped modest-means clients as an active member of Southwestern’s Entertainment & the Arts Legal Clinic. His first legal article, “Protecting our Genetic Code: Recruiting Copyright Where Patents Have Failed,” was published by the Southwestern Law Review in Spring 2019.
William is an active member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, gardening, and spoiling his pets.
We provide legal services in all areas of estate planning including wills and trusts, planning for retirement, planning for minor children and planning for emergencies or incapacitation.
The living trust is an document that allows a person’s estate to avoid the cost and time of probate court, maintains privacy for their final wishes and provides control in how their property will be administered. When a person dies, their assets are essentially “frozen” until someone, usually a family member, files a case in the probate court to have the property transferred to the next of kin under CA law. This court process can take 1-3 years, with a price tag of $40,000-$100,000+ to complete. With a living trust, you can avoid having your family and loved ones deal with the stress, time and cost of going through the courts.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
A will is a legal document that allows you to provide specific instructions for distribution of your assets and can be used to pre-select guardians, if you have children.
In California, if you die without a will, your assets will pass through the laws of “intestate” under the Probate Code. The intestate laws determine who will inherit your property based on surviving heirs and family members.
Most people do not want the laws of the State to determine who should inherit their assets. If you die without a will, and your only remaining heir is a brother you never liked, then that person will inherit everything you have left behind! If you want to select who will own your assets once you die, then you should get a will in place immediately.
ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVE
Unexpected situations can arise at any time. Therefore, it’s important for all adults to have protections in place, not just the elderly.
An Advance Medical Directive, also known as a living will, allows you to give instructions for your doctor or caregiver if you fall into a coma or become terminally ill, seriously injured, or mentally incapacitated. It also gives you the option to appoint someone else to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. The directive can help to avoid unnecessary suffering, relieve your caregivers of heavy decision-making burdens, and prevent any disagreement about your wishes during a time of potential crisis or grief.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
A Power of Attorney is a legal document where you (the “principle”), give another person (the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) the legal authority to act on your behalf in regards to financial matters.
Depending on your wishes, the agent’s power may be broad or limited to specific actions under certain conditions. You can grant your agent control over all financial decisions and matters, or the power can be limited to a single transaction or circumstance. Since the POA only affects your rights, you are in sole control of how much power is transferred.
This document can help your loved ones manage your property and assets in an event where you are incapacitated and unable to care for yourself.
Dietz & Dietz, APC
15030 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Dietz & Dietz, APC’s offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning to open in Spring 2022.
We serve clients all over the State of California and hold meeting space in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Venutra, San Francisco and Sacramento.
All meetings are held via Zoom. If you do not know how to use Zoom, give us a call and we will teach you. Our attorneys provide home services in-person to the following counties: Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern.
Our goal is to make working with an attorney easy, accessible and safe.