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We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services.

ABOUT US

Joe, Southard and Yeoh LLP is a boutique law firm providing exceptional, personalized legal services. We are known for our skillful work as legal advisors and advocates in highly complex legal matters.

Our attorneys share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services. We take the time to understand your concerns, and we develop customized legal solutions to achieve your goals.

We focus on building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients. As a result, we often obtain much of our clientele from referrals. We invite you to explore our services, and to contact us for a consultation.

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

ESTATE PLANNING

Joe, Southard & Yeoh LLP provides legal representation and advice on estate planning and child safeguard planning matters to individuals and families. Our clients rely on us for our extensive experience, our highly sensitive approach to communication and our compassionate and exceptional service. This frees our clients to focus on their families and lives knowing they have an estate plan and child safeguard plan that will be effective when it is needed most.

Whether you have a clear sense of your estate planning goals or are a new family just beginning to assess your plans and options for the future, we apply our comprehensive knowledge of the law and estate planning strategies to craft custom estate plans that address your personal needs. At Joe, Southard & Yeoh LLP, we are dedicated to assisting you in effectively transferring your wealth and assets to provide for those you care for. We apply creative and practical solutions to help you achieve your goals. Properly executed and maintained, your estate plan will avoid the costs and delays of probate, accurately and clearly communicate your desires, and provide tax efficiency.

We understand that individuals and families grow and evolve over time. We provide our clients with options to craft an estate plan that best suits their needs in every stage of their lives. We focus on building and maintaining a relationship with each client. As a result of the close relationships we develop with our clients and the quality of our work, we often represent families across several generations and obtain much of our clientele from referrals.

Our experienced attorneys specialize in the estate planning and wealth transfer needs of conservative to high net worth individuals and their families. We take great pride in ensuring that each estate plan reflects the client's goals and values, with an eye toward ensuring family harmony, minimizing tax burdens, and securing a legacy for generations to come.

We will thoroughly discuss and prepare your personalized Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney and Health Care documents, as well as guide you in the selection of Trustees and Executors. We will assist you with estate, tax and charitable gift planning, and work with you to implement asset protection strategies.

Contact us for a consultation to learn more about how we may collaborate to preserve your wealth and legacy.

TRUST ADMINISTRATION

A Trustee administers the trust for the benefit of its beneficiaries according to the terms of the trust document. We assist Trustees in navigating the trust administration process, including interpreting these often complex documents and making sure that Trustees understand the nature of their duties and how to carry them out. We also provide guidance on such issues as determining the value of the estate and distributing assets.

PROBATE AND ESTATE LITIGATION

Should it be necessary for your estate to pass through the probate system, we will explain the terms of the will (if there is one), help you understand the legal requirements of the probate process and guide you in your duties as a Personal Representative. Generally, it is a Personal Representative's responsibility to collect and prepare an inventory of the assets of an estate, manage the assets during the period of administration, pay the bills of the estate, put creditors on notice, make proper distributions to the beneficiaries of the estate, and close the estate once the responsibilities have been completed, all in compliance with the Probate Code. We also assist with any necessary estate litigation matters, including those for the collection and distribution of assets.

CHILD SAFEGUARD PLANNING

There are various techniques and strategies we use to ensure your minor children are protected, cared for and receive your wealth in the way you desire after your passing. We refer to this collectively as Child Safeguard Planning.

Some parents may put off estate planning because they do not believe they have substantial assets to protect. However, all parents should have an estate plan and a child safeguard plan in place to protect and to set forth their wishes for their children, which includes, among other things, the nomination of a guardian in the event that they have an untimely passing while the child is still a minor. We understand the decision of who to nominate as a guardian for your child can be difficult. We are here to guide and assist you in this process. Additionally, we can assist parents should they decide to make changes to an existing guardianship nomination.

In conjunction with nominating a guardian, we can assist with creating a trust, whereby you can choose to distribute assets to your children subject to conditions and circumstances such as age, need, and even incentives based on behavior and education.

Our attorneys will work with you to craft a custom estate plan and child safeguard plan that will protect and care for your children in the way you intend.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

We are dedicated to helping you when you have been injured at work. Our law firm provides skilled legal representation for injured workers in workers' compensation cases. Our attorneys will aggressively and zealously advocate your claim. There are no out of pocket costs to our clients. There is no charge to you unless we succeed in obtaining you compensation.

If an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is required by law to provide workers' compensation benefits. An employee with a work-related injury may receive workers' compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault — the employee, the employer, a co-worker, a customer, or some other third party. Aggressive insurance companies may deny legitimate workers' compensation claims by claiming the injury suffered is not serious enough to qualify for workers' compensation benefits or asserting you have not been injured.  Without effective legal counsel, you may lose critical benefits, including wage replacement for lost wages, medical care and financial assistance. 

Our experienced attorneys are ready to help you through all aspects of your workers' compensation claim, from filing an initial Application to fighting for your rights on a denied claim. We can help you select the right doctor, who will treat you free of charge, with all costs paid by the insurance company. We will communicate with the insurance company to get our clients the treatment and compensation they deserve so they can focus on healing.

Workers' compensation cases require decisive action because certain issues have particular deadlines that need to be followed. Our attorneys work as a team to protect your rights and obtain results. When you hire Joe, Southard and Yeoh LLP, an experienced attorney will handle your case. If you have been injured, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible. Your claim is important, and we are ready to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve to treat their injuries, pay their bills and support their families.

To schedule a FREE, confidential, no obligation consultation, contact us by telephone at (424)325-2205. Se habla español.  There are no out of pocket costs to our clients. There is no charge to you unless we succeed in obtaining you compensation.

We develop customized legal solutions to achieve your goals.

ATTORNEYS

Debbie Yeh Joe, Esq.

Debbie is a native of Southern California. She graduated with honors from UCLA. While attending Loyola Law School, Debbie received the "First Honors Award" in Trusts and Wills. In 2001, Debbie was admitted to practice law as an attorney in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Subsequently, Debbie worked as a law clerk to two federal district court judges, The Honorable Florence-Marie Cooper and The The Honorable Robert J. Kelleher. Prior to forming Joe, Southard & Yeoh LLP with Katherine and Jennifer, Debbie worked as an attorney at two private law firms.


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Katherine Southard, Esq.

Katherine is a native of New York, and has worked bi-coastally for over 10 years. She has prepared complex asset protection plans for both high net worth individuals, as well as trusts, wills and estate plans for young families. Her legal experience is complemented by her business acumen gained as co-founder of fine jewelry design company, Pink Sparrow. Katherine is licensed to practice law in the states of California and New York.


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Jennifer Yeoh, Esq.

Jennifer is a native of Southern California. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley. Thereafter, she attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she obtained her J.D. For over 10 years, Jennifer has worked exclusively in the private sector with firms in the Los Angeles area. She is a lifetime member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at UC Berkeley and the Golden Key National Honor Society for academic achievement. She also is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in California.


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Contact Us

Please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss how we may assist you. We understand that working, caring for loved ones, providing for a family, and/or operating a business may keep you busy. We are dedicated to being accessible and to accommodating your needs.

Thus, we can meet with you at our Brentwood office, one of our satellite offices or at your home. Additionally, we are available by telephone or videoconference to consult you in the manner that best suits your needs.

Joe, Southard & Yeoh LLP


11620 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900
Los Angeles, California 90025

Tel : (424) 325-2205

Fax : (424) 264-2311

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