Law office specializing in Probate, Estate Planning/Trusts and Estates, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Elder Law, Medical/Medicaid Long Term Care Planning, Living Will/Healthcare Directives, Conservatorships, Assett Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Tax Planning
Law office specializing in Probate, Estate Planning/Trusts and Estates, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Elder Law, Medical/Medicaid Long Term Care Planning, Living Will/Healthcare Directives, Conservatorships, Assett Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Tax Planning
Located in Escondido but serves all of North County San Diego including Poway, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, and Borrego Springs
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Meet Karen E. Black's Staff:

LeaLea Tom - Office Manager/Legal Assistant

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 - 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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PeterPeter Sternad - Paralegal

Peter K. Sternad joined Karen E. Black December of 2002. Peter is a Legal Assistant who specializes in Trust Administration, Probate Accountings and Federal Estate Tax Return Preparation. He graduated Pomona College, BA; Golden Gate University, MBA. Previously worked for Bank of America in Personal Trust Administration - 12 years, and Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, certificate in Trust Banking. Peter has been married over 50 years to his beautiful wife, Mary. They live in Coronado, with their new puppy.
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Ian EdwardsIan Edwards - Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Ian joined Karen E. Black in January of 2008. He is our Receptionist/Legal Assistant. In addition to answering phones and greeting clients, Ian assists our office with Conservatorship, Trust Administration and Probate cases. Prior to working with Black & Edwards, LLP, 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. They live in the Mission Valley area and currently have two cats. His hobbies include cooking, home improvement and he is a wine enthusiast.

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Law office specializing in Estate Planning (Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney), Probate, Trust Administration, Conservatorships, Elder Law, Long term care planning, Asset Protection Planning.

Located in Escondido but serves all of North County San Diego including Poway, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Rancho Bernardo, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Ramona, Julian, and Borrego Springs, and the southern part of Riverside County including Temecula, Hemet and Murrieta.


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Law Office of Karen E. Black | 144 East Washington Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 | Tel.: 760-745-2900 | Fax: 760-745-2985 | Email: karen@kblack.com

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