Meet the staff at the Law Offices of Black & McGhee:

LeaLea Tom - Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Lea joined Karen E. Black in June of 2007. She is our Office Manager/Legal Assistant. She handles the billing, payroll, accounts payable and receivable and many other general office duties as well as assisting with Trust Administrations, Probates and Conservatorships. Before joining Black & Edwards, Lea spent almost 20 years in the banking industry as an Operations Manager/Branch Manager. Most recently she was with Pacific Western Bank and Temecula Valley Bank. She is currently enrolled part time at Palomar College taking courses in the Legal Studies program. Lea is married and has one daughter who graduated from High School in May 2008 and joined the Air Force in September, 2008. She enjoys spending time with her family and her 3 Chihuahuas.

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Barbara JohnsonBarbara Johnson - Estate Planning Paralegal

Barbara joined Karen E. Black in December of 1997. She is our Estate Planning Paralegal. She drafts the initial Trust, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Deeds, etc. She also meets with clients to help them review their drafts and minimize the “legaleze” factor. She maintains client contact for any follow-up questions and funding matters. She usually does the initial meeting with returning clients interested in updating their estate planning documents. Barbara also assists with many other general office duties as well as assisting with Trust Administration. Before joining Black & Edwards, LLP, Barbara spent 15 years in the legal profession working in various fields such as personal injury (with David Dekker for 7 years), general business (with James Lund) and Family Law (with Keithly & Keithly). Barbara has two children, a daughter who is a local high school guidance counselor, and a son, who is a radiologist. She has one granddaughter, who lights up her life, and another one on the way. She lives with her best friend, her Mom, and their two dogs.

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Ian EdwardsIan Edwards - Drafting Legal Assistant in Training

Ian joined the Law Office of Karen E. Black in January of 2008. He is our Drafting Legal Assistant in training. He is learning the ins and outs of drafting Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Deeds and more. Prior to working with the Law Office of Karen E. Black, Ian worked at Paralan Corporation an electronic company as a liaison between the accounting/accounts receivable and sales/service departments. His most recent experience was with Whole Foods Market in the Specialty department as the wine buyer. Ian is currently enrolled at Palomar Community College focusing on the Legal Support Assistant program. Ian and Sarah were married in 2006. In early 2011 they purchased a house in the Escondido area and recently welcomed their first child, Hailey Sophia. Ian's hobbies include cooking, home improvement as well as being a wine and craft beer enthusiast.

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KenzieMackenzie Edwards - Administrative Assistant and Paralegal in Training

Mackenzie joined our office in February of 2012. She is our Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, but is also training to assist with some of our Trust Administration cases. Mackenzie is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology.

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