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Judd Matsunaga, Esq.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. 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 Association of Realtors, Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Board or Realtors, National Notary Association, Southern California Golf Association, National Eagle Scout Association and the Better Business Bureau.

                               

Staci Yamashita-Iida, Esq.

Ms. Yamashita-Iida is a lifelong native of the South Bay. After attending North Torrance High School, she graduated from Loyola Marymount University magna cum laude as a Valedictorian Finalist and Leadership Scholar.

From there, she received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School's 2-year accelerated SCALE Program and wrote for the Journal of International Law Honors program.

Ms. Yamashita-Iida is an active member of the Japanese American Bar Association and is currently serving as a Kizuna fellow on the Board of Directors for the Go For Broke National Educational Center. In addition, she regularly contributes articles to the JACL's Pacific Citizen newspaper.

Here at Elder Law Services, Ms. Yamashita-Iida is the head of the Estate Planning Department, where she handles the creation of Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other ancillary documents. She also concentrates on the qualification and application for long-term care Medi-Cal benefits.

When she's not working, Ms. Yamashita-Iida enjoys going to Mammoth with her fiancé and their two German Shepherds to hike, ski, and fish. She is also an avid hula dancer who performed and competed all around the world for 20+ years. She is an annual competitor at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i and has most notably performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Osaka-jō Hall in Japan.

    

Grace Gail Cara, Esq.

Ms. Cara recently passed the 2017 February California State Bar Exam and is currently working in the Trust Administration Department at Elder Law Services of California, APLC (ELS). Ms. Cara grew up in Paramount, California, attending Our Lady of the Rosary elementary school and parish.

In 2004, she attended Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, serving as Associated Student Body Council Executive President her senior year. in 2008, she moved to the Inland Empire and continued her studies at the University of California, Riverside, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012.

At UCR, she worked alongside the National Financial Educators Council, and her fellow classmates, to establish a campus organization tailored to spread financial literacy throughout the Riverside community. in 2013, Ms. Cara moved to San Diego and attended California Western School of Law. She attained her Juris Doctor in 2015.

While in law school, she served as Secretary for the South Asian Law Student Association and was a member of the Women's Law Caucus, Federalist Society, and Phi Alpha Delta. When Ms. Cara is not in the office, she is spending time with her family and friends, reading the latest best-selling fiction novel, or taking multiple trips to Disneyland or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

 

 

Serving Our Community Since 1995

Elder Law Services of California, APLC provides the same strategic planning and legal representative of larger firms, yet in a personalized, family-like manner. Our priority is to provide the highest level of legal services and client satisfaction when representing your Medi-Cal Planning, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, or Probate cases. Above all, we understand the importance of you and your family’s financial future and legal security.

Our team of Attorneys and legal support staff have assisted thousands of different families by giving them the freedom to plan for the security of their future, while also providing peace of mind with our experienced legal advice. As our name, Elder Law Services of California, APLC serves all families in California, with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles, as well as locations in Northern California, and San Diego.

Whether you need to qualify for Medi-Cal, pay for long-term care, create an estate plan and powers of attorney, proceed a conservatorship, protect your assets, or deal with the loss of a loved one, our team is there for you every step of the way. Sadly, many families are unprepared for any significant planning for their future, so take the first step today to protect your family’s integrity.

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