No matter the nature of your probate matter, Keystone’s attorneys are well-qualified to handle it. Keystone’s lawyers consistently receive awards and accolades for their work in the field of probate law. Scroll down to learn more about each of our lawyer’s qualifications and about what makes Keystone’s probate lawyers some of the best in the state.
Shawn S. Kerendian is the founder and Managing Partner of Keystone Law Group, P.C., and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization). Shawn founded Keystone to provide clients with specialized, focused and efficient legal services in probate, trust and estate matters. Shawn supervises and manages a team of probate attorneys in the administration and litigation of estates, trusts, conservatorships, and guardianships.
Joshua D. Taylor is a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C. Josh’s practice is exclusively focused on the complex field of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation. Josh is the firm’s lead trial counsel, with nearly two decades of overall litigation experience, and a myriad of probate-related first-chair trial experience. Josh routinely represents trustees, executors, heirs, administrators, conservators, and beneficiaries in litigated matters valued in excess of $50 million.
Lindsey F. Munyer, a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C., is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization), and has an LL.M. in Taxation. Lindsey has represented clients in a range of capacities including as trustees, beneficiaries, executors, creditors, heirs, and conservators, in all manner of disputes, and for estates valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Lindsey also has a background in tax planning and tax controversy.
James A. Bush is a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C. After graduating law school in 1981 and serving a one-year clerkship with a Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Jim became a litigator in private practice, first in Arizona and, since 1998, in California, based in North San Diego County but with matters throughout the state. Originally starting as a commercial litigator, Jim has evolved his practice over the last 15 years to focus on the litigation of trusts, estates, and probate matters from consulting about the initial dispute through trial and appeal, when necessary.
Verlan Y. Kwan is a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C. with her primary focus on trust and estate administration and litigation. With over a decade of litigation experience, Verlan has represented trustees, executors, administrators, creditors, heirs and beneficiaries in complex disputes with assets ranging from several hundred thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars. With her broad knowledge and compassionate approach to matters, Verlan has successfully litigated and settled countless matters to her clients’ satisfaction.
Cliff Melnick is a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C. where his practice focuses on trust, estate and conservatorship litigation. With more than 23 years of litigation experience overall, including the last 18 years in probate, Cliff has successfully represented a broad range of clients state-wide including trustees, beneficiaries, executors, administrators, conservators, guardians, private professional fiduciaries, life insurance companies, and non-profit organizations.
Roee Kaufman is a Partner at Keystone Law Group, P.C. Since joining Keystone, Roee’s practice has primarily focused on trust, estate and conservatorship litigation. To that end, Roee has represented clients in a variety of capacities in connection with probate litigation matters, including beneficiaries, creditors, trustees, personal representatives and court-appointed conservators in a variety of probate disputes, including will contests, trust contests, 850 petitions, financial elder abuse claims, actions for removal and surcharge of fiduciaries, heirship claims, and Marvin actions, and in non-litigated probate and trust administration matters.