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About Patricia L. Andel


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Patricia L. Andel

Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

State Bar #125515
Patricia L. Andel has thirty-one years of experience as an attorney. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law with The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She received her Juris Doctor degree and graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California in 1986. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. 

Ms. Andel was formerly a full-time professor of law at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California, and an adjunct professor of law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. She also taught bar review courses for Fleming's Fundamentals of Law in Orange County and San Diego County, California for over 19 years.

Ms. Andel has published several articles and has authored numerous course teaching materials. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in the California state courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Andel is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, served as co-chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, and is a selected member of the Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning panel of the Lawyer Referral Service of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County. 
Ms. Andel has served as a judge pro tem for the traffic and small claims courts in both the South Orange County Superior Court and the North San Diego County Superior Court. She also has served as a legal advisor for various local health care organizations, including the Orange County Mental Health Association, Mission Community Hospital and Medical Center's Institutional Review Board, and Mission Community Hospital and Medical Center's Bioethics Committee. 

Ms. Andel has engaged in numerous public speaking events, including television and radio appearances, and was selected as "Young Career Woman" by the California Federation of the Business and Professional Women's Organization. She is an active member of the Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, and Big Bear Chambers of Commerce. 

Client Testimonials


"I would highly recommend Patricia Andel to any of my senior clients. High integrity and ethics. Performs when and what she promises on time with a high degree of professionalism." 
Rita Harper, Realtor 
"Patricia does a very professional job and is simply a pro. I have referred her many clients, including my mother, and she has always done great work. I would never hesitate to refer her to anyone who needs to have estate work done." 
Terry Uchida, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
CA Ins. Lic. #0742190
Owner, Da Kine Financial
I am a Tax & Financial Advisor who has worked with Patricia Andel for many years. While I have access and opportunity to work with many Estate Planning attorneys in the area, Patricia is always my first choice when referring clients for Estate Planning. She is the most knowledgeable, thorough, trusted, and credentialed attorney that I know in Southern California. When I refer clients to Patricia, I know that their cases will be handled with professionalism and the utmost care. She works extremely well with the Senior Community, and is well-liked by clients. The Law Office of Patricia Andel has earned my current and future business, and thus my highest recommendation. 
Lisel Sutter, President
Sutter Tax, Financial & Insurance Services, Inc. 
"I commonly encounter estate planning issues in the financial lives of my clients. To recommend and introduce an attorney into any of my existing relationships is no small investment of trust and confidence on my part. I have to know that this professional will do an excellent job and make both me and my clients glad they worked with her. Patricia Andel exceeded my expectations for this after being introduced to some of my clients, who were new and valuable clients to me and with whom I was still building a relationship. Patricia Andel crafted a customized estate plan, including a Living Trust, which suited this family perfectly. She takes time and trouble to understand people and their situations. I know that, in the case of the clients I recommended to her, the outcome was maximum client satisfaction." 
Brian Smith 
President, Olmsted Advisors 
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