Carol A. Peters

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Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Law Office of Carol A. Peters
 | 99 S Chester Ave, Suite 102
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: 626-793-9383
Fax: 626-793-3552
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Health Care (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    The owner of her own firm in Pasadena, California, Carol A. Peters is a highly regarded elder law attorney who serves as an Expert Witness for Fiduciaries or as an Advocate for a Special Needs Trust Beneficiary.  She is experienced in Care Need Planning for the benefit of elderly or disabled Clients, for preparation (or review) of legal documents: advance health care directives, trust administration, conservatorships, special needs trusts, durable powers of attorney and Probate estate settlemnts, as well as documents related to the sale or rental of real property.  She also can serve as Trust Protector.

    Ms. Peters is a graduate of Pomona College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1962. After graduation, she joined the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services, where she was an eligibility benefits analyst and supervisor dealing with programs providing assistance for recipients who were disabled and/or elderly. Toward the end of her 11-year tenure there, Ms. Peters decided to pursue a legal education and she enrolled at Whittier Law School, ultimately earning her Juris Doctor in 1974. She opened her own firm in 1977. Ms. Peters is admitted to practice before all California state courts.

    Ms. Peters is a member of the board of directors of the Heritage Clinic, a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of life of senior citizens. She is also a member of the Bioethics Committee of Huntington Memorial Hospital, and she participates in the Fiduciary Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley, a group that provides networking opportunities between fiduciaries and attorneys. She has also served as a volunteer attorney at the Pasadena Senior Center and for a provider of hospice care. Highly regarded by her fellow attorneys, Ms. Peters has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Elder Law
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 30%Health Care
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Hospital Law, Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law, Social Security


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    Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

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    About Carol Peters

    Admitted: 1977, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Pasadena Magazine as 2010 Top Attorney for Elder Law/Abuse, 2011 Top Attorney for Trusts/Estates, 2012 Top Attorney for Elder Law/Abuse, 2013 Top Attorney for Elder Law Abuse, 2014 Top Attorney for Trusts/Estates, 2015 Top Attorney for Trusts/Estates., Top Lawyer, Pasadena Magazine, 2010
    • AV rating PRE-EMINENT Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 1993

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • EXPERT WITNESS about PUBLIC BENEFITS ELIGIBILITY: Employed for more than eleven (11) years by the LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) as an Eligibility Worker, EW Supervisor, and Complaint Analyst in Public Inquiry and Appeals to provide approriate responses to the LA County Board of Supervisors to research, explain and resolve  eligibility denials based on the Eligibility & Assistance Standards Manual (which included federal, state and county regulations) for the benefit of welfare three (3) litigated cases, namely LASC cases GC032834 (duties of alleged “Medi-Cal Expert” who sold a “viatical Limited Partnership”), GP005447 (Conservatee’s Adult Child’s right to a Child Support Order), and NEC43707 (House exempt from eligibility determination; fraud issues).  Served as an Expert Wtiness in (3) litigated cases [GC032834 (duties of alleged “Medi-Cal Expert” who sold a “viatical Limited Partnership”), GP005447 (Conservatee’s Adult Child’s right to a Child Support Order), and NEC43707 (House exempt from eligibility determination; fraud issues)] and designated as Expert in two public benerfit matters [by criminal defense counsel in Imperial County to testify about public policy issues regarding fraud allegations in IHSS/In Home Supportive Services delivery, and by a CLPF regarding a complaint made by a mentally ill Trust beneficiary to the PFB]., 2019
    • Member of Working Group (25 volunteers statewide) to create California's PROFESSIONAL FIDUCIARY BUREAU (“PFB”) eff. 7/1/2008 as part of the CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS . We designed and completed by 6/1/2007, for circulation for public comment, the recommendations for the ETHICS and EDUCATION standards of the Professional Fiduciaries Board. On occasion, I have attended CLRC meetings. On occasion, I have also supported the PFB’s Advisory Board and its members’ recommendations to the PFB and to the public., 2005

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • SCBCC/So. Calif. Bioethics Committee Consortium, 2013
    • HOARDING TASKFORCE: Los Angeles County’s DMH/DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH created the HOARDING TASKFORCE to serve as an interdisciplinary team to knit together remedies for the local Code Enforcement Units with the DMH’s G.E.N.E.S.I.S. program’s home calls. 8 times I have been a member of rhe Planning Committee for the annual HOARDING CONFERENCE, and twice was a presenter.  I also wrote and presented a Conservatorship for the quarterly meeting of the interdisciplinary Taskforce., 1999
    • Board Member of HERITAGE CLINIC of Center for Aging Resources, Pasadena, CA (an NPO) providing confidential Psychotherapist-Patient Counselling services to elders and their families along by training psychologists from six schools and working within the Psychotherapist/Patient Privilege for Confidentiality, often working in tandem with SENIOR CARE NETWORK (an NPO) which provides Care Plan design and support.  Heritage Clinic also sponsors the monthly SGV Elder Abuse Coalition which are attended by interdisciplinary professionals.  , 1999
    • Huntington Hospital Bioethics Committee, 1983

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • CSUFullerton UEE program for CLPF Candidates for Certificate: Instructor for 2 on-line classes: "Conservatorship of the Protected Person" "Practice Management for the Professional Fiduciary" 2 in-person classes: "A Day In The Life" with CLPF Daniel G. Stubbs"Probate Administration" with CLPF Joey Etienne, Instructor, Candidates For CLPF License, 2004


    • People vs. Cooper (2/15/2007) 148 CA 4th 731: Referred to as the November 2001 estate-planning Attorney at pages 736 and 738, this 2d District opinion created a serious erosion of the SCOTUS Crawford motion when Victim is deceased so that non-police videotapes can be admitted into evidence.  [The criminal defendant has a 6th amendment right to cross-examine the Victim as a Witness against him, but when the Victim is deceased, the Victim/Witness is unavailable to testify.]  Videotapes made by police or detectives of the victim are still ‘testimonial’ and are still inadmissible. But videotapes made by social workers or care managers may be ‘non-testimonial’ and so admitted into evidence to demonstrate the state of mind of the Victim, by showing the personality of the (now unavailable) elder victim.      STEVE COOLEY’s successful appeal to our SECOND DISTRICT resulted in the first national published opinion allowing admissibility of videotapes of a deceased elder Victim on grounds of the State Of Mind exception to the hearsay rule, which has been cited by more 40 times by other cases, some of which are outside of California., 2007
    • Hunt vs. Cheatham (GC012435): On behalf of Kay Trout as Conservator who fought FREDDIE MAC for 11 years from August 1993 to July 2004 over the equity ownership of Mrs. Hunt’s 912 sq ft home, which Mrs. Hunt had occupied continuaously. We obtained a $151,921.62 fraud surcharge judgment against her financial abuser which he never funded.  Early in EA/Elder Abuse litigation, this endeavor consisted of 3 Trial Court cases [a Conservatorship (GP003231), a civil case (GC012435), a probate (GP005479)], 5 appeals in the 2d Appellate District [(B094352, B096337, B108023, B111206 and B129660)], and 2 bankruptcies with Adversary Proceedings [Mr. Cheatham’s Ch.11 in LA 93-LA 20635 RA and Mr. Cheatham’s Ch.7 in San Francisco 96-31296-R-7].  The “big win” was that my Client kept Mrs. Hunt in Mrs. Hunt's home for 3 years on a 10-day TRO.    Fortunately, the Elder Abuse law has evolved further since then.  , 1998

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Happy Mother, Overjoyed Mother-In-Law & Marvelling Grandmother 

    Educational Background:

    • CSUF: taught on-line courses for CLPF Candidates including "Conservatorship of Professional Fiduciary" and "Practice Management for Professional Fduciary", 2004
    • Whittier (Beverly) College of Law ~ was taught EVIDENCE by Beverly Rubens Gordon , 1976
    • Pomona College: English Literature major, 1962

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    Office Location for Carol A. Peters

    99 S Chester Ave
    Suite 102
    Pasadena, CA 91106

    Phone: 626-793-9383

    Fax: 626-793-3552

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