Please Note: These resources are provided solely for your consideration. The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles makes no endorsement of any agency or their services.


Bet Tzedek Legal Services – Conservatorship Clinic
Services are provided at no cost and the professionals at Bet Tzedek walk you through each step. For your first visit to the clinic there are no appointments; you show up and sign in. Be there when they open at 9 or 9:30 AM to be sure to get on the list to be seen same day.
Download the Conservator Questionnaire, complete and bring with you to the clinic.

Los Angeles, Downtown Courthouse
111 N. Hill Street, Room 426
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mon, Tue, Wed, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Norwalk Courthouse
12720 Norwalk Bl, Room 104-E
Norwalk, CA 90650
Tue, 9 AM to 12 Noon

Van Nuys Courthouse
6230 Sylmar Ave, Room 350
Van Nuys, CA 91401
9 AM to 12 Noon

Pasadena Courthouse
300 E. Walnut St, Room 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fri, 9 AM to 12 Noon

Burgh, Balian & Bergstein, LLP
Barbara Bergstein, ESQ.
15250 Ventura Bl, Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Tel: 818-995-1120
Services Provided: Special needs trusts, conservatorships, probate, estate planning, wills, elder law, Medi-Cal and SSI planning.

Christopher Poulos, Esq
Christopher Poulos
101 N. Orange Ave., Suite C
West Covina, CA 91709
Tel: 626-960-9373
Services Provided: Practice limited to assisting families with loved ones with developmental disabilities.
Cases include conservatorships, special needs trusts, and regional center issues.

Disability Rights Legal Center
Thomas Hill
Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Center
800 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1120
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: 213-736-1334
Services Provided: They offer legal services, mediation, and referrals. High impact access litigation, special education law, mediation; No Social Security Law, no employment law, no eviction housing service, lawyer referral service.

A Law Corporate
Chris N. Gemignani
9200 Sunset Blvd. Penthouse 25
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel: 800-498-7878
Services provided: They offer estate planning, asset projection, probate, conservatorship, contested estate planning matters, long term nursing care, namely medical qualification and SSI benefits; by appointment only.

Law Offices of J. Terrence Moynihan
J. Terrence Moynihan
6529 Riverside Ave., Suite 155
Riverside, CA 92506
Tel: 951-781-1960
Services Provided: They offer estate planning, trust and probate. Services include conservatorship and guardianship in addition to trust and probate administration. Firm has special expertise in special needs trusts (both first party and third party) and Medi-Cal planning for long-term care.

Martin & Martin, LLP
Areva D. Martin, Esq.
3530 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 1650
Los Angeles, California 90010
Tel 213-388-4747
Fax 213-388-6655
Services Provided: Special Education services

Newman, Aarson, Vanaman
Valerie Vanaman
14001 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Tel: 818-990-7722
Services Provided: Legal Services – They offer advocacy and legal services to families of children with special needs.

Stone Wood Hiple & Knutson, LLP
Karen Knutson
2953 Lincoln Bl.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: 310-392-9677
Services Provided: Estate planning, including special needs trusts; conservatorships and limited conservator ships, probate, and trust administration.

Woodsmall & Petrovich, LLP
Mark Woodsmall, Esq.
2600 Mission St, Suite 200
San Marino, CA 91108
Tel: 626-440-0028
Services Provided: Attorney & Advocates - Represent parents in Individualized Educational Program Meetings (IEP), Due Process, including mediation and all matters before the Regional Centers.


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