Yacoba Ann Feldman, Esq.

Yacoba Ann (Jaci) Feldman provides estate planning services for individuals, married couples, and domestic partners across California.  Her Woodland Hills law office also serves business owners concerned with succession planning and coordination of retirement benefits.  Attorney Feldman is committed to using her legal skills and experience to create an estate plan that addresses the unique nature of each client’s needs and desires. She works individually with each client to ensure that their values and concerns are appropriately reflected in their estate planning documents.  She works with her clients to understanding the estate planning process and the client’s legacy as expressed through those documents.  In addition to preparing wills and trusts, Attorney Feldman stresses the importance of planning for retirement, mental or physical disability, illness, and long-term care.

Attorney Feldman also represents beneficiaries and family members to facilitate the probate process, explore alternatives to probate which may be available, commence conservatorships developmentally disabled children as they reach maturity and for adults who become mentally impaired with age.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills
  • Trust
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Mediation of Estate Disputes
  • Conservatorships
  • Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples and Domestic Partners
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Pet Trusts
  • Gift Planning
  • Charitable Planning

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • S. District Court, 1982

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

  • D. – May, 1981

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California

  • Masters of Science – April, 1996, Major: Taxation

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

  • A. magna cum laude – June, 1978

Published Works and Speaking Engagements

  • “Estate Planning Issues During a Dissolution”
  • “Estate Planning Also for Singles”
  • “Inheritance Rights During Dissolution Proceedings”
  • “What is Probate? Why Avoid It?”
  • “Using Joint Tenancy in Estate Planning”
  • “Domestic Trust Takes Care of Surviving Spouse”
  • “Living Trust: Alternative to Will”
  • “Estate Planning Techniques Can Reduce Taxes”
  • “The Concept of Basis and Estate Planning”
  • “Do I Still Need A Living Trust”
  • “What is a Domestic Partnership?”
  • “Using Joint Tenancy in Estate Planning”
  • “Lease Options are Not Risk Free”
  • “The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Estate Planning”
  • “Introduction to Concepts Relevant to Estate Planning”
  • “REVISITING EXISTING ESTATE PLANNING TOOLS: Trusts for Minors”
  • “What is Probate? Why Avoid It?”
  • “Qualified Domestic Trusts”
  • “Long Term Care”
  • “Estate Planning for the Single or Unmarried Individual”
  • “FAMILY TRUSTS –Advantages and Disadvantages”
  • “Ethical Issues When Dealing with the Children of Elderly Clients”
  • “Private Sales of Real Property During Probate”
  • “2013 Estate Tax Updates”
  • “ESTATE ADMINISTRATION: Ensuring Personal Representatives Know Their Duties”
  • “INITIAL CONFERENCE and HEARING – Timeline, Documents, Statements and Complications”
  • PROBATE vs. NON-PROBATE ASSETS – Which Ones Can Pass Outside of Probate?

Professional Associations, Memberships, and Volunteer Positions

  • California Bar Association, Membership in Probate and Estate Planning Sections
  • LA County Bar Association, Membership in Probate and Estate Planning Sections
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Probate Volunteer Panel Attorney for Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Probate Settlement Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Valley Advisory Board – Our House Grief Support
  • Temple Judea, Tarzana, California, Past-President

Past Employment Positions

  • Feldman& Feldman, Woodland Hills, California, Attorney, 1991 – 1998
  • Andelson & Andelson, A Law Corporation, West Hollywood, California, Attorney
  • Aheroni & Lane, Encino, California, Attorney, 1981 – 1983
  • The State Bar of California, Conference of Delegates, Law Clerk, 1981
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, Judicial Clerk, 1980
  • San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Court Division, Legal Intern, 1979