Adam Streltzer

Adam Streltzer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Adam L. Streltzer, Attorney at Law
 | 1801 Century Park E, Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424-652-8010
Fax: 424-652-2296
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2011 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (70%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Adam is an experienced litigator engaged in trust, estate, probate and fiduciary litigation, with an emphasis in creditor's rights, collections, and judgment enforcement. He litigates issues concerning the rights and interests of the deceased, incompetent, or bankrupt (and/or their fiduciary representatives) in and to money, assets, and property.

    Adam formerly practiced with a boutique estate planning and litigation firm in Century City. Prior to joining that firm, Adam developed substantial experience in the fields of business litigation, creditor's rights, and commercial collections, with a primary emphasis in judgment enforcement, as well as handling trust, estate and fiduciary matters falling outside of probate court jurisdiction.

    Adam represents a full range of litigants, including family members, professional fiduciaries, banks, lenders, business and trade creditors, and other interested individuals, with a special emphasis in representing creditors in probate court to minimize or eliminate potential risks. Offering high quality and effective litigation and pre-litigation services, Adam handles disputes of all sizes in civil, probate, federal, and bankruptcy court, with a consistent level of attention to detail, service, and efficiency, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.

    About Adam Streltzer

    Admitted: 1994, California

    Professional Webpage: https://streltzer.com/about/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). San Diego State University, 1994

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California Conservatorship Practice (CEB Continuing Education of the Bar), Author/Update Author
    • California Decedent Estate Practice (CEB Continuing Education of the Bar), Author/Update Author

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Adam is a member in good standing of the Court-Appointed Counsel (CAC) (formerly Probate Volunteer Panel (PVP)) of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "That Isn't a Good Idea and I Can't Help You With That" (Judgment Enforcement Issues for Trust and Estate Practitioners) - Attorneys risk disciplinary action, and the evidentiary privileges otherwise generally afforded to attorneys will not shelter communications, where the attorney assists in an effort to fraudulently transfer assets. This may be the result even when the attorney does not have a subjective intent to engage in crime or fraud. Trust and estate practitioners should be aware of these limitations and, possibly, adjust their procedures accordingly., Presenter; Author, Judgment Enforcement Issues for Trust and Estate Practitioners -- That Isn't a Good Idea and I Can't Help You With That, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Trusts & Estates Section, 2021
    • The Impact of Recent Trust & Estate Case Law Being Developed in Non-Probate Court Forums - California has a sophisticated, well-developed body of case law and statutory authorities, supplemented by detailed procedural court rules, which empower the judges of the Superior Court assigned to handle probate matters (i.e., “Probate Court”) effectuate the legal principles inherited from the common law with respect to the administration of decedent’s estate, trusts, and personal protective proceedings. This is generally referred to as “probate law.” California also has a similar set of legal principles arising under the domestic relations laws (i.e., Family Law). And the United States in general has a similar set of legal principles arising under the bankruptcy laws. The underlying principles that guide the application of law to fact often differs between these various court systems. What is the impact of recent trust and estate case law arising from non-Probate Court forums, that is, the Family Law court system or the bankruptcy courts? This presentation discusses In re Nolan (Bankr. C.D.Cal. July 21, 2020) 618 B.R. 860 and In re Brace (Speier v. Brace) (Cal. July 23, 2020) 9 Cal.5th 903, Presenter; Author, The Impact of Recent Trust & Estate Case Law Being Developed in Non-Probate Court Forums, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA), 2020
    • Spendthrift Trusts After Carmack and Blech; What Do We Do Now?  Spendthrift trusts provide that a beneficiary's interest may not be alienated, assigned to creditors, or otherwise anticipated by the beneficiary. But, after Carmack v. Reynolds, spendthrift provisions no longer offer the same viability for those who wish to exercise the ’dead hand of control’ over their presumably improvident donees and beneficiaries to protect them from their own creditors. Further, because the interpretation of California’s spendthrift laws is a subject previously uncertain but clarified by this Court in its Carmack v. Reynolds decision, then the result of the Blech decision is that law is no longer clear, nor uniform—with a disparity between trusts with bankrupt beneficiaries with bankruptcy estates administered by Chapter 7 liquidation trustees versus those without. THE HARSH LESSON TO BE LEARNED is that, after Carmack v. Reynolds and Blech, the customary methods to protect improvident donees and beneficiaries using the traditional spendthrift trust rules can be ineffectual. The ‘Dead Hand Of Control’ is crippled – at least in the State of California. Presentation discusses Carmack v. Reynolds (2017) 2 Cal.5th 844 and Blech v. Blech (2019) 38 Cal.App.5th 941, Presenter; Author, Spendthrift Trusts After Carmack and Blech; What Do We Do Now?, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA), 2020
    • Receiverships to Effectuate Family Law Orders and Judgments - Parties to a Family Law case are often at the extremes of litigant behavior. It is not a surprise to find highly aggressive and demanding parties involved in the proceedings. There should also be no surprise that doing so can generate responsive behavior by the other litigant, which is often obstreperous, intransigent, or unusually secretive and uncooperative. Divorcing couples often don’t get along, even when doing so is to their mutual advantage. Among other purposes, the Family Law Court is a court of equity specially designed to effectuate the reasonable and orderly dissolution of a marriage. But these types of situations foster disrespect with the judicial system and tends to perpetuate a cycle of further delay and conflict. The consequence is often an unnecessary and wasteful loss of or injury to marital property value and a denial of effective justice to the either or both of the parties in a Family Law case. When the parties cannot get along, and their actions jeopardize marital property and/or business interests, a court-appointed Receiver may be the only viable remedy that the Family Law Court has to prevent waste, loss, or injury, Presenter; Author, Receiverships to Effectuate Family Law Orders and Judgments, California Lawyers Association, 2020
    • Discussion of the statue of affairs surrounding California's spendthrift rules, Presenter; Author, After Carmack v. Reynolds, What the Blech to do Now?, Estate Counselors Forum, 2019
    • The Decline and Fall of the Spendthrift Clause - Discussion of California's modern "spendthrift" rules, including Probate Code §§15300 et seq., and the Carmack v. Reynolds (2017) 2 Cal.5th 844 and Frealy v. Reynolds (In re Reynolds) (9th Cir., Aug. 15, 2017) 867 F.3d 1119 cases., Co-Presenter; Co-Author, The Decline and Fall of the Spendthrift Clause, San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council, 2018
    • Why, When, and How to Bring a Revocable Trust Proceeding into a Conservatorship Matter?  Discussion regarding the circumstances whereby a California court may bring a conservatee’s pre-existing, revocable trust under ‘court supervision’, Co-Presenter; Co-Author, Why, When, and How to Bring a Revocable Trust Proceeding into a Conservatorship Matter, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), 2018
    • Discussion of creditor rights in California probate conservatorship cases, Presenter; Author, Creditor Rights in California Probate Conservatorship Cases: Confusing and Complicated, BHBA Elder Law Section, 2017
    • Creditor Rights During Trust Administration - Estate Counselors Forum, Presenter; Author, Creditor Rights During Trust Administration, Estate Counselors Forum, 2012
    • Representing Creditors in Estate Administration - Discussion of the theories and procedures that explain how creditors are affected by and participate in the probate process. National Business Institute (NBI), Presenter; Author, Representing Creditors in Estate Administration, National Business Institute (NBI), 2012

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Blech v. Blech (2018) 25 Cal.App.5th 989 (rev. den. CAL. 2018). Adam represented one of the prevailing respondents. The Court of Appeal was called upon to interpret and apply language in a trust instrument which directed the trustee to distribute certain real property to a beneficiary’s subtrust. That directive was merely a mechanism for funding that beneficiary’s residual gift, assuming the trustor still owned the property as of the trustor’s death. The reference to a specific source of funding—that certain property—did not make it a specific gift., 2018

    Educational Background:

    • B.A. Applied Geography, San Diego State University (San Diego, California), 1991
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Deposition Skills Program (San Diego, California), 1995

    Industry Groups

    • Creditors Rights
    • Probate & Trust Litigation
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    Office Location for Adam Streltzer

    1801 Century Park E
    Suite 2400
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

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