Effective the morning of January 9, 2013, we are informed that our telephone system is now fully operational, including voicemail. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
It has come to our attention that our telephone system is not functioning properly. We are informed that our voicemail system is down, and that incoming calls are frequently not getting through. If you are having difficulty reaching us by telephone, please contact the person you are trying to reach via email. We are working to correct the problem as soon as possible, and thank you for your patience.
A to Z Law is a proud sponsor of the 29th Annual Ventura County Law Day 5K Run-Walk on May 19th organized by the Ventura County Bar Association. The event includes a 5K Run and a 1 mile Family Fun Run. The A to Z runners in the 5K are Bart Bleuel, Sunshine Cheek, Maria Godinez, Dennis LaRochelle, Susan McCarthy and Chris Miyasaki, and the walkers are Monica Garcia, John and Susan Mathews and Nancy Perez. Referred to as the “ Flattest, Fastest 5K in the West” the event will take place at the Ventura County Government Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ventura County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Services Program.
A to Z Law partner Kendall VanConas will present “Legal Preparation for Aging and Incapacity: The Fundamentals of Estate Planning” at 8 a.m., March 27 at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Tenth Street, Santa Paula. Designed as an introduction to estate planning, the free seminar will cover trusts, wills, powers of attorney for asset management, and advance health care directives. VanConas will discuss how the different ways of holding title to property can affect an estate plan, and will also give an update about current changes in the estate tax laws.
VanConas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles and master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. She is active with the Ventura County Bar Association, serving as president in 2010, and probate and estate planning section chair from 2007-2009. She is also a member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the California State Bar and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
For more information or to RSVP, call Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce at 805-525-5561 or 805-689-2229.
AtoZ Law Civil litigation attorney Susan McCarthy will participate in the panel discussion “Current Issues in Housing: Foreclosures and Landlord-Tenant Law,” at the CPA/Law Society of Ventura County’s meeting on Mar. 16 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.
The panel will address the state of foreclosures, workouts, short sales and loan modifications; what the $26 billion bank settlement means for homeowners; how landlords can avoid legal pitfalls and stay in compliance; and top tips on being a good tenant.
In addition to McCarthy, the panel will include Kirk Grossman and Leslie McAdam.
Kendall VanConas, a partner with A to Z Law, was appointed co-chairperson of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee in January. She and co-chair Michael D. Planet, the court’s executive officer, will lead the committee, whose work is to strengthen the relationship between the judges and attorneys by opening the lines of communication. Other committee members include the presiding judge of the court, along with attorneys in both public and private practice.
VanConas is a former president of VCBA and has years of service to the organization, including work as a board and committee member. In her new role, she will inform the Bar’s general membership of pertinent bench matters and provide the committee’s feedback to the bench.
A to Z Law attorneys Susan McCarthy, Stuart Nielson, Robert Krimmer and his wife, Chris LaValle, put down their pens and picked up hammers on Saturday, Feb. 18. The four volunteers participated in the Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County’s “build day.” As they helped build a new home in Oxnard, working along side its future owners, the volunteers assisted the nonprofit organization’s work to provide adequate housing by constructing simple, decent homes in partnership with people in need.
“Building a home with Habitat for Humanity is about building a better community,” said McCarthy. “We all feel so lucky and blessed to live here and want to help another family live here too.”
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that challenges people to provide adequate housing and eliminate homelessness in partnership with those in need. For more information about Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer, visit www.habitatventura.org.
Susan McCarthy, an associate with A to Z Law’s Civil Litigation Practice Group, was elected vice president of the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association at the organization’s January 26, 2012 meeting. McCarthy, who has been on the VCTLA board of directors since 2008, is the president-elect for 2013.
As vice president, McCarthy will continue to work toward promoting professionalism and civility among Ventura County lawyers by encouraging, educating and supporting the organization’s members, working with the judiciary, educating the public and protecting access to the courts and the fundamental right to trial by jury. She will also chair the Annual Judge’s Night program in March, where a sitting judge is honored as “Judge of the Year” and a retired judge’s portrait will be unveiled as the “Portrait Honoree” and hung in Dept. 22 of the Hall of Justice.
A to Z Law attorney Robert S. Krimmer, who practices Water and Wastewater Law, has been elected 2012 president of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Barristers Section. He was also selected to participate in Leadership Ventura, a program through the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
Krimmer has been active with the Barristers Section for 4 years and helped launch the Ventura Family YMCA’s “Take it to the Court” 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a joint effort between the YMCA and the Barristers Section and whose proceeds provide scholarships for disadvantaged families in the area.
Leadership Ventura is a two-year leadership development program led by Dr. Relly Nadler. During the first year, participants work with Nadler to hone their leadership skills. The participants also work in small groups to conceptualize and implement projects that will benefit the community. Krimmer’s group is developing a project to assist Ventura’s homeless. During the second year, participants use these skills to lead the activities and plan for subsequent programs.
If you are interested in more information about Leadership Ventura or the homeless project that Krimmer’s group will be implementing, contact him at 805-988-9886 or email@example.com.
A to Z Law’s Dennis LaRochelle has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2012. This is a great achievement, as no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in this large region of the state are selected by Super Lawyers.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.