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Jennifer Sawday , Partner

Jennifer Sawday is a partner at TLD Law. She serves a wide range of clients in all matters related to probate, trusts, estate planning, conservatorships, guardianships and related litigation. She also handles pre and post death administration for clients serving as personal representatives, executors and trustees for trusts and estates.

Ms. Sawday’s approach to estate planning is top notch. She works with individuals and families to first understand why estate planning is important and helps makes it easy for clients to complete their planning. Estate planning starts with a revocable living trust, pour over wills, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives. Then there is a discussion about guardians for minor children and then figuring out what assets should become vested in the revocable living trust and discussions on how and why to fund those assets into the trust. Estate planning clients typically begin and complete their estate planning within a 4 to 6 week period. This way everyone is working hard on a common goal to ensure that the client and their families are protected from a probate or other difficult administration upon death.

Ms. Sawday has more than thirteen years of legal practice experience. Ms. Sawday drafts about two estate plans a week and her court practice includes about 30 active probates at any given time. Her experience and tenacity has allowed clients to have their court matters resolved as quickly as possible including obtaining orders to open and close probates quickly as possible given the statutory time periods. Ms. Sawday also works with clients to handle trust administration and contested matters involving wills and trusts.

Ms. Sawday has been consistently rated a 10.0 superb attorney by AVVO.

Ms. Sawday is the President of the Estate Planning and Trust Council of Long Beach for a two year term from 2014 to 2016. She also recently completed her second term as President of Women Lawyers of Long Beach as she served in 2008 to 2009 and again for 2013 to 2014. Ms. Sawday also volunteers her time to cook quarterly at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald house, is on the board for the Los Altos YMCA and also assists from time to time with the local charity called Arts and Services for the Disabled.

Ms. Sawday has been selected as a prestigious “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, as featured in the Los Angeles County Magazine for years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Fun fact: Ms. Sawday has been selected for the third year in a row as the Best Wills and Trusts Attorney in Long Beach by the local Long Beach newspaper, the Beachcomber — for years 2014, 2015 and 2016!


RECOGNITION & AWARDS

  • “Rising Star,” SuperLawyers
  • Top Women Attorneys for Southern California
  • LA Magazine Top Lawyers in Southern California
  • Superb Rated Attorney, 10.0 – Avvo
  • St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
  • Loyola Law School, Dean List (1998-2000)
  • Loyola Law School, First Honors Award in Legal Research and Writing (1999)
  • Loyola Law School, The Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship
  • Long Beach Beachcomber’s “Best Attorney – Wills & Estates” for 2014

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Long Beach Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Lawyers of Long Beach (2006-present) and President (2008-2009 and 2013-2014)
  • Member, Estate Planning and Trust Council of Long Beach (2006-present)
  • Member, Arts and Services for Disabled Endowment Board (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor at Cerritos College for paralegal courses (2009-2014)
  • Author of the California Estate Planning Practice Blog

EDUCATION

  • California State University Dominguez Hills, B.S., Public Administration, 1995
  • California State University Dominguez Hills, M.P.A., honors in the major, 1997
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., Evening Program, 2002

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, 2003
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(562) 923-0971

jsawday@tldlaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships / Conservatorships
  • Probates
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Litigation