A-Z Partner Receives Highest Peer Recognition

December 11, 2009

Kendall A. VanConas, a Partner at A-Z and head of the  firm’s Probate & Estate Planning Department, has been awarded a rating of ‘AV’ by Martindale-Hubbell, the distinguished resource for attorney peer review information worldwide.  This rating indicates that Ms. VanConas has met standards that denote her as Preeminent in her field.  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating is based on the anonymous opinions of lawyers and judges familiar with the work and reputation of the attorney they are asked to review.

In order to achieve a peer review rating of ‘AV,’ an attorney must first meet a rating of “Very High” general ethical standards.  A “Very High” rating means the attorney has adhered to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

In addition to the ethical standards, an ‘AV’ attorney has been found to have the highest professional ability in a specific area of practice.  The legal ability rating is based on performance in key areas, including legal knowledge, judgment, analytical capabilities, and communication ability.

Ms. VanConas joined the firm in 2003 and became a Partner in 2007.  She is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization, and holds the degree of Master in Science, Taxation from Golden Gate University.  Ms. VanConas practices in the areas of estate planning, conservatorship law, probate and trust administration, elder law & special needs planning.  She is the 2010 President of the Ventura County Bar Association.