Born and raised in Los Angeles, I graduated Beverly Hills High School (Class of ‘76) and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA in 1980. Right out of school I started selling apartment buildings right here in the Southland and obtained my real estate brokers license in 1981.
In 1989, I moved to Kahala, Hawaii to develop properties for sale to the Japanese investors. After the Tokyo Stock Market crashed in 1990, I moved back to Los Angeles and attended law school at the University of West Los Angeles.
My legal career began as a law clerk with Magana, Cathcart & McCarthy, a Century City law firm specializing in personal injury and wrongful death. After passing the bar in 1995, I started as an associate attorney with Barth, Green & Kelly, a real estate defense firm, where I represented sellers and real estate agents being sued by disgruntled buyers.
Although working in civil litigation was an extraordinary experience, and an outstanding training ground for a trial attorney, I realized that litigation was not my “cup of tea.” In 1996, I founded the law firm of Matsunaga and Associates, an estate planning law firm, and we have been growing strong ever since.
My primary practice areas are: Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Probate, and Medi-Cal Planning for Long-Term Care. Over the years, I have personally met with thousands of families with a loved one facing long-term care. I am proud to say we have a 100% success rate in getting those family members approved for Medi-Cal benefits, while preserving assets and protecting the family home.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have represented so many clients over so many years. I look forward to helping my existing clients and meeting and helping many new clients in the months and years ahead.
I am a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, California Association of Realtors, Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Board or Realtors, National Notary Association, Southern California Golf Association, and the Better Business Bureau.