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At Santa Barbara Estate Planning & Elder Law our mission is to provide families and the elderly throughout California with the knowledge and resources they need when planning for and protecting their future. We want to be your legal partners, guiding you through the important decisions necessary to protect your wealth and assets for future generations. Whether drafting a will or trust, learning about your options regarding Medi-Cal planning, getting more information about holistic legacy planning, or exploring other elder law matters, our experienced Santa Barbara Estate Planning Attorney can help you create a solid plan that avoids probate, minimizes estate taxes, and protects your Medi-Cal or Veterans benefits.

Protecting Your Unique Circumstances

Everything from caring for family members with special needs, protecting your business assets, taking care of important issues should you be incapacitated, or even making plans to care for your pets can all be addressed with a carefully drafted estate plan. No matter what your age or health, it is important that your wishes are made clear and protected to ensure your hard-earned assets are preserved for your family and heirs.

Santa Barbara Estate Planning & Elder Law  has over 20 years experience to help you make informed decisions based on our unique insights and in-depth knowledge of the law. Our Santa Barbara Elder Law Lawyer provide families and individuals throughout California with the resources they need to create solid, legally-binding plans tailored to your unique circumstances. At our firm, we strive to be your long-term legal partner, no matter what stage of life you are in.

Julianna Malis, Attorney at Law, LL.M (Taxation-Estate Planning)


Julianna M. Malis is the founder of Santa Barbara Estate Planning & Elder Law. She is a mom, wife, estate planning and elder law attorney who has been practicing law on the Central Coast for over twenty years and devoted to protecting families and small businesses. 

“In our office, we are passionate about helping people to protect their assets from taxes, lawsuits, relatives, nursing home costs — anything that threatens their savings and property,” Julianna says. “We also help people arrange their affairs so they will avoid emotional pain and family conflict in leaving their wealth to their heirs, and pay the least possible amount in taxes and fees.”


How to Prepare for Care with an Unmarried Partner

By Julianna Malis | June 4, 2020

Planning for the death of an unmarried partner is critical, but so is planning for the possibility that one partner becomes sick, disabled, or incapacitated at some point during their lifetime. Under the laws of most states, an unmarried partner has zero rights to manage finances or make medical decisions when something happens to the…

How to Plan for Your Child’s Future During Divorce

By Julianna Malis | May 31, 2020

Raising a child with special needs is challenging. Sadly, the stress of the situation contributes to the high rate of divorce among couples who are raising children with special needs. In fact, it is estimated that the rate of divorce in these households are between 80% and 90%. If you are going through a divorce…

Three Common Trust Mistakes to Avoid

By Julianna Malis | May 27, 2020

If you’ve set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! As a Santa Barbara will and trust lawyer, I assure you that you’ve taken a very important step in protecting your assets and your family in the event you become incapacitated or pass away. However, just because you’ve completed this important step does not mean that…

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