What to expect from Deanna DeCosimo
About Deanna DeCosimo
Hi. I’m Deanna DeCosimo. I became a Personal Family Lawyer because I enjoy working with my clients to keep their families out of court and out of conflict. I know the traditional way estate planning is done is usually not effective. People either pay lots of money or very little for a plan that fails after death, costing their families a lot more. I am not in the business of selling documents. Instead, I get to know my clients and work with them to create a plan that leaves them feeling empowered, more relaxed, positive, and proud to know that their estate will be organized and accessible for their families after they’re gone. I do not charge by the hour since this tends to prevent attorneys from getting to know their clients because it would be too expensive. I have transparent, flat-fee pricing.
I’m here to help California individuals, families, business owners, LGBTQ, and seniors, navigate the maze of legal and financial decisions you face.
Whether you are married or single, part of a traditional family or a blended one, just starting out, or looking back on a life well-lived, I will help you to design a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.
I graduated from Glendale University College of Law in 2018. I began my legal career as the Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney for the Elder Law and Disability program at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. While in San Francisco, I also volunteered with the Consumer Advocacy Project at the San Francisco Justice and Diversity Center. I represented low-income clients in consumer debt lawsuits. In 2020, I was awarded the Consumer Advocacy Project Crystal Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
During the pandemic, I moved back to Los Angeles and worked as a Staff Attorney at Inner City Law Center in the Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project.
I love educating my community about protecting their children, lifetime asset protection, passing on more than just money and property to your loved ones, and pet trusts. I am an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trusts and Estates group.
And most importantly, I’m married to my fantastic husband and mother to three cats: Sunday, Snowball, and Freckles.
The Personal Family Lawyer Promise
What makes PFL lawyers different?
How you hire us.
We begin with a comprehensive inventory of everything you own, and everyone you love, and consider it all in a working meeting, called a Family Wealth Planning Session, to guide you to clarify your financial life and legacy goals before we draft a single document.
How we plan.
We work with you throughout every life stage to map out the most likely scenarios for you and the people you love, planning for each as your life, the law, and your assets change over time.
What we protect.
Our Life & Legacy Planning process ensures everything that matters most -- from your financial assets to your values, insights, stories and experience -- are captured and documented during your life and cared for over the generations to come.
What you see.
Transparency in our process, and our fees … all of which are flat fees, agreed to in advance, based on your choices and with no surprises, ensuring we stay on the same side of the table - supporting you to make a lifetime of great decisions - every step of the way.
How we deliver.
Our systems help you get clear and organized, overcoming the exact issues that keep most estate plans from actually working when they are needed most. We help you leave your family with a gift of love, and not a mess.
How our plans work.
One-and-done estate plans focused only on money are a recipe for a big mess. We help you throughout every stage of life and be there for the people you love, when you can’t be.
Contact Deanna DeCosimo
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