University of Florida College of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1999
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D. with Distinction, 1997
University of California, Santa Barbara (Environmental Studies), 1993
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law (Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California)
State Bar of California
Santa Barbara County Bar Association
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
Deborah specializes in estate planning and trust administration. Her estate planning practice is focused on working with and advising clients on comprehensive estate plans, including revocable living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives, as well as more complex planning involving irrevocable trusts and special needs trusts.
Deborah also advises private and professional fiduciaries and family members in trust administrations, probate and conservatorships. Specifically, Deborah works with special needs trust trustees, beneficiaries, and their families with special needs planning and administration to make the most of public benefits and distributions from Special Needs Trusts to maintain and improve the beneficiary’s quality of life.
Deborah is actively involved in the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council. She previously served on the board of the Santa Barbara Mental Wellness Center and was past president of Santa Barbara Newcomers Club.