Attorney Profile
Dess A. Benedetto

Mission Statement

Ms. Benedetto is committed to providing her clients with personal, timely and professional legal services. Her philosophy includes educating her clients, charging flat, reasonable fees to facilitate communication on all aspects of her clients' plans, and assisting in a caring manner with personal decisions.


Ms. Benedetto graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in the top of her class. Prior to law school, Ms. Benedetto worked for six years in business, human resources and sales. In 1990, Ms. Benedetto graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

During law school Ms. Benedetto clerked at the Attorney General's Office and the District Attorney's Office, gaining valuable insight into the legal justice system. Since graduating from law school, Ms. Benedetto has focused exclusively on developing a full service estate planning law practice.

Most of Ms. Benedetto's clients are referred from satisfied clients. Ms. Benedetto has helped clients with assets from $100,000 to over $5,000,000.


Lawyers Club (6 years); Probate and Estate Planning member of the Contra Costa Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, the North County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Attorney Roundtable, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters.

Volunteer Work

  • Volunteers in Parole: Attorney Mentor

Estate Planning Courses

  • Trusts and Estates
  • California Community Property
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporations
  • Tax
  • Bankruptcy

Estate Planning Seminars (Continuing Education of the California State Bar)

  • Antidotes for Estate Planning Scams, Botched Trusts, and Other Disasters
  • Estate Planning for the Blended Family
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • Generation-Skipping Transfers
  • Innovative Premarital Agreements
  • Elder Law Practice
  • Expanding Your Estate Planning Practice
  • Legislative Context of the New Tax Act
  • Estate Planning After EGTRRA of 2001
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Estate Planning Malpractice
  • Assessing Capacity & Undue Influence

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Dess A. Benedetto

Family TLC
Family Trust Law Center
1615 Bonanza Street, Suite 209
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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