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About Richard Cornell

After spending his childhood in Oceanside and graduating from Oceanside High School, Richard Cornell went on to attend Loyola Marymount University graduating Cum Laude and then recieved his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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It’s never too early to start planning your estate. When you die, most of your assets will be subject to probate, the court-supervised process of following the instructions in your will.

Trust Administration

The process of managing and carrying out the wishes of someone who set up a trust. In a trust, a trustee is appointed to handle and look after certain assets for the benefit of others.

Estate Planning

The goal of an effective and well-considered estate plan is to avoid disputes and probate court intervention, but sometimes the decision to plan comes too late.

Special Needs Planning

Have you been told that your son or daughter, who has a disability, is not allowed to inherit money? It’s true, an inheritance will interrupt his or her SSI and Medicaid.


If a person has been determined to be mentally incapacitated and has assets that will be wasted, the court will appoint a conservator to manage his or her assets.


A legal guardian is responsible for making decisions regarding a minor person’s personal affairs and living situation.

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Why Clients Choose Us?

We’re one of the few firms in San Diego County that focuses exclusively on probate, trusts and estates, and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. Our award-winning attorneys are known for being compassionate professionals and skilled problem solvers.

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    We offer the best service

    Our law firm takes pride in offering unparalleled legal services for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, our team is composed of highly skilled and specialized attorneys who bring a wealth of experience to the table. We understand that each client is unique, and our personalized approach ensures that we tailor our strategies to meet individual needs effectively.

    Over 30 Years in Practice

    Mr. Cornell has spent over 30 years emphasizing probate and trust administration with the goal of producing value and providing a personal touch for each client. 

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    Our commitment to staying abreast of the latest legal developments ensures that we provide cutting-edge solutions to complex issues.


    With a focus on efficiency and attention to detail, we navigate legal complexities seamlessly, providing comprehensive support across a range of practice areas. 


    Words From Clients

    • My husband and I were traveling overseas on short notice and we wanted to have our Trust and Nomination of Guardians for our children prepared before we left. The problem is we put it off and we were scheduled to fly out in three days. A friend referred me to Richard. He met us on Saturday morning and had our Trust and Nomination of Guardian ready for us the next morning so that we were able to make our flight later that evening. It was such a relief having everything in order before we stepped on the plane.

      Vivian L.
    • Several years ago Richard Cornell was asked to develop a Revocable Living Trust including all other relevant documents such as Wills, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Health Care Directive. Trustworthy, responsive and knowledgeable.

      Dave B.
    • Rich has served me well both personally and professionally. He is extremely professional and always accessible. He took excellent care of my personal needs, and continues to provide excellent advise and service to my clients, I highly recommend Rich.

      Georgia M.
    • Richard took the time to become familiar with my personal situation and was always receptive and open to any questions I had. He explained the entire process in a clear and consice manner, I am very satified with my overall experience.

      Will Client
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